In the world of entertainment, pictures and content is king. One of the most sought after areas for content on the internet is through celebrity gossip sites. This is really no surprise, as reality TV and brands like TMZ have only become more famous over time.
Thanks to the power of WordPress, it’s now easier than ever to start a celebrity gossip blog of your own. At the same time, some of the most famous celebrities in the world are also using WordPress to power their heavily trafficked and customized sites. When you think about it, it’s kind of cool to see that everyday normal people are using WordPress for their sites, then also seeing super rich and famous entertainment millions are using the free platform for their sites today.
Today I wanted to showcase 15 popular celebrities who are currently using WordPress to power their sites, while also giving my own little critique on each.
15 Big Name Celebrities with WordPress Driven Sites
Below you will find a breakdown of popular celebrities who are using WordPress to manage their sites. While it’s quite obvious most of these celebrities aren’t designing and creating content for their own sites, it’s still pretty cool to see it being used as such a world-wide platform. I’ve also included a screenshot of each site, but there is a chance they are updated and changed often… as many celebrity sites commonly do on an annual basis.
One of the most famous gossip sites on the internet is Perez Hilton. The site was started by Mario Armando Lavandeira, who originally had a passion for celebrity entertainment and fashion. When that didn’t go as planned, he decided to launch his own site, which eventually became the extremely well known and profitable site at PerezHilton.com. The site is very simple and easy to navigate. With new content going live on it every hour, it’s a perfect site design and setup for his gossip hungry audience.
The Rolling Stones are one of the most popular and highest selling bands of all time. To go along with their rock and roll music, their WordPress driven site fits that same look and feel. The easy to use navigation on the top of the screen and main page scrolling is easy for all of their audiences to enjoy — no matter if they are young or old.
For Stephen Collins, star of the beloved family drama 7th Heaven, the actor decided on a simple zen-like approach for the design of his Website, eschewing many of the overwhelming graphics, videos and imagery that clutter other celebrity sites (and increase load times and bandwidth). Though the Stephen Collins Website is simple in design, it provides all the essential elements for an actor to share personal and poignant messages with his fans.
As everyone favorite mother and home chef, Martha Stewarts WordPress site provides that elegant look and feel we would all expect. The use of custom fonts and beautiful images throughout the site make it an enjoyable experience, as users navigate through the site. In addition to regular article content, the site also includes recipes, craft ideas and an online store for product purchases.
Being the fastest runner in the world provides a lot of opportunities, all of which can be seen through Usain Bolt’s website. With a WordPress driven image-slider, you can see the many different styles and personalities Usain Bolt has to offer. At the same time, you can also experience the navigation features of the site and high-quality images as you make your way through the site. Another perfect example of what’s possible when using WordPress as your CMS.
One of the more engaging and complex WordPress sites in this list, Serena Williams has a lot to showcase and offer through her site. Right away you can see a full navigation menu at the top of the page, while also showcasing current tournament information and where to connect with Serena on social media. The content placements on the site are also great, featuring her recent Sports Illustrated magazine, and a section for all of her most recent blog updates.
As one of the world’s most “off the wall” celebrities, Russell Brand’s website follows that same look and feel. Once again, through the use of WordPress customization, you can see that similar look and feel of individual content placements with a simple category, title and tagline. Head over to Russell’s site to see how content is placed throughout the main page as you continue to scroll down.
Ariana Grande is one of the most popular female music artists in the world today. The match her latest album and music tour, Ariana has had a complete face-list done to her site. Thanks to the power of WordPress, Ariana has a one-page lander at the entrance to here site, where it then leads to the more in-depth and engaging content on her site. It’s not super easy to see, but once you visit her main page, be sure to click the “Enter Site” link in the bottom right corner.
As a world wide musician and fashion icon, Kylie is a celebrity name and icon no one should mess with. Her site is simply branded as “Kyle”, while also offers an elegant black and white feel. Through the use of a similar header menu, anyone can easily navigate through the site and quickly find what they are looking for — whether it’s fashion, music, video updates or simply more information on Kylie and her career.
As one of the most successful recording artists turned media mogul, Jay-Z has a massive collection of content on his site to offer. Even more exciting than the actual content itself, is how it’s all laid out through WordPress. In the screenshot below you will notice all of the boxes. Each of those is actually a different content article. Be sure to visit the site to experience this WordPress masterpiece in action.
Known for his role as Silent Bob in multiple movies, Kevin Smith is also known as being a comic geek. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if he created and manages his WordPress site as well. As you can see through the screenshot below, its very simplistic in style and almost looks like the simplistic days of HTML. Nonetheless, the site is powered with WordPress, which means it can easily be updated and redesigned with a killer design at any given time.
As the most popular celebrity on Twitter, it’s not surprising to see that Katy Perry has one of the most advanced WordPress site designs out there. All of the necessary navigation menus and categories can be seen at the top of the page, but it isn’t til you start scrolling down that you see the magic of WordPress happen. You definitely need to experience this one live to see what an amazing work of art it is.
While Stephen Fry might not be a household name like many of the other celebrities on this list, his WordPress site is a perfect example of customization at it’s finest. With it’s simple, yet elegant design, then Stephen Fry logo pops right off the page, while also showcasing his unique background in the process. Every site owner and WordPress coder will appreciate the mixture of simplicity and design in this site.
Stallone’s website is a perfect example of how elegant and professional a WordPress site can be. If Sylvester Stallone wasn’t a well-known celebrity, you might think he was a lawyer or professional service for hire. Not much else to say about this design, except that it’s perfect in every way if you just want to pull off an elegant design.
To finish off the list, Chris Brown’s website is another example of the one-page intro site. With the focus on his latest “Royalty” album, his latest video is is something you simply can’t miss… as you will need to click on the “Enter Site” button to get inside and see the meat of the site. Once you are inside, you will be greeted with a simplistic and engaging design that allows for further music, videos and photos of Chris Brown himself.
Celebrities Love WordPress… and You Should Too!
As you can see through the celebrity websites above, WordPress is pretty amazing. Not only is it a free content management solution, it’s also one that offers a world of customization and opportunity.
If you don’t already have a website or blog of your own, be sure to run through my simple how to create a blog guide. Within a matter of minutes you will be live with your very own website, and have your own little spot on the internet for everyone to see.