For most websites and/or businesses, it happens that it is up and running before it starts to attract a good following. With celebrities, the reverse is the case. They already have a steady fan following, which converts itself to a loyal readership base. A celebrity’s website is under scrutiny right from the moment it goes live.
In many cases, a celebrity is also dependent on their fans to grow. Fan support is vital to their career. A website is a great way for celebrities to connect with their followers and supporters. And so, celebrities pay a lot of attention to the way in which their website is constructed. These websites more often than not carry the distinctive identity of the celebrity. The unique characteristics and traits of the celebrity are stamped on their websites.
Given the need to be different and distinctive, it is however not surprising that many celebrities have chosen WordPress as the Content Management System on which to base their websites. This just demonstrates how versatile WordPress can be.
Here, we’ve picked out a few celebrity websites using WordPress that you can look up to see how WordPress has been used.
Maria Sharapova is a gorgeous professional tennis player with 5 Grand Slam titles to her name. Her WordPress-based website keeps her 2 million fans up to date with forthcoming events in her calendar. She is the brand ambassador for many sportswear brands, and you can shop for the products she endorses from the pull-out menu at the left side of the page. She is also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program and her involvement in development activities is highlighted on the website.
Famous for legal thrillers, this American author’s work has been translated into 42 languages. You can buy all of his books on this website. A 50-second video trailer of one of his books may help a casual visitor to make a purchase. A powerful storyteller, he has garnered 1.5 million likes on Facebook and you will see social sharing buttons featured conveniently on his website.
Rolling Stones is a music band that rocked London and the music scene all over the world from 1962 onwards. The band has Brian Jones and Keith Richards on the guitar, Ian Stewart on the piano, Bill Wyman with bass, Charlie Watts on the drums and Mick Jagger as the lead singer. The landing page of their website currently carries their tour schedule in Latin America in the first quarter of 2016. On clicking at the right top corner, you can enter the website and navigate a whole world of music. The website is well integrated with iTunes.
American standup comedian, Gabriel Iglesias refuses to describe himself as fat or obese. He prefers the word ‘Fluffy’. Social sharing buttons with share counts are conspicuous on his website. He lends his voice for various screen characters and his online home is based on WordPress.
Daniellesteel.net is the site where the famous author regularly blogs. The site carries a lot of personal information about the author, and it also features all her books.
Stephen Fry is a versatile Englishman who has made entertainment his business since 1981. He is an actor, director, journalist, comedian, and broadcaster, all rolled into one. He has done a travel series for the BBC, Stephen Fry in America. This series saw him traveling through each of the 50 states in America.
The Martha Blog is the blogging page of American television personality, businesswoman and writer, Martha Stewart. It is easy to spend a great deal of time on her blogging page as it covers a wide range of subjects from recipes to travel and gardening to entertainment.
Wil Wheaton is a multi-faceted personality and is famous for his role as Wesley Crusher in the Star Trek series. He is also a writer and a voice actor. But it is for the blogging activity that he is widely respected within the blogging community, and his blog was once voted as the Best Celebrity Weblog. In fact, in 2009, he was ranked as the 14th most influential web celebrity by Forbes.
A professional tennis player, Serena Williams is a true powerhouse in the tennis world. To date, she has won 21 Grand Slam titles, the first one in 1999. She shares tips and techniques in her masterclass which you can access from her website.
Russell Brand has accomplished a fair bit in the entertainment world and is now a name to reckon with. Starting out as a stand-up comedian, he has moved on to become an actor, MTV Presenter, writer, and activist. His WordPress-based site has an informal feel to it.
Steven Seagal is a black belt martial artist who began his career as an instructor in Japan. He then moved on to become an actor, musician and director in America. In addition to his professional achievements, Steven is an environmentalist and animal rights activist.
Woody Allen began his career by writing short humor and doubling up as a comedian. He then graduated to become an actor and playwright, achieving fame as a director. His website is also based on WordPress and carries the trailer of his latest film. His name is carried in a distinctive style on his website, the trademark spectacles replacing the alphabet ‘o’.
Chris Brown is a popular recording artist, singer and dancer. The homepage of his website carries a video and you can order music from the website itself.
Ricky Martin is a singer from Puerto Rico. His website is very interactive, inviting feedbacks and comments from fans. In 1999, his live performance at the Grammy Awards helped popularize Latin pop in America. His song, ‘Living la Vida Loca’ has sold over 8 million copies and is one of the best-selling singles of all times.
All people over the world widely read the works of Paulo Coehlo, a Brazilian novelist. In fact, his most popular novel, ‘The Alchemist’ has been translated into 80 languages. After a confused and rebellious childhood, he was spiritually inspired during the course of a 500 mile walk that he undertook at the age of 40. It reaffirmed his desire to be a writer. Besides novels, he writes columns regularly that are thought provoking. He is the winner of numerous international awards including the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum.
J Lo has carved a space for herself in the entertainment industry as a singer, dancer, actress and producer. She has forayed into fashion designing as well. In 2001, she held the record for the top album and the top movie in the same week- the first person to achieve this feat. She has tasted success both in the entertainment and business fields.
Jeffery Archer is a famous writer and former politician. A financial scandal sent him to prison late in his career and left him bankrupt. But he, as the writer, put down his prison experience into a bestselling book. His easy-to-read and gripping style have earned him a loyal readership. An avid follower of cricket, he is very active on social media.
Initiated into gospel music first as a teenager, Katy has gone onto becoming a top-class pop singer. She has made it to the list of top female performers in the Forbes list. In fact, she is the highest-paid performer in 2015. Apart from that, her all-time album sales stand at over $11 million and her all-time singles sales at $81 million.
Andy Murray is a professional tennis player from England. The latest feather in this Scottish player’s cap is the recent win in the Davis Cup for England. He has many firsts to his credit in England -the first to win a Grand Slam in the Open era, the first male player to win Wimbledon and the first to win the Olympic Gold in tennis for England. He is a consistent player, reaching at least the quarter-finals of every major tournament. You can follow Andy’s game across the globe on his website.
Calvin Cordozar Broadus, better known by his stage name, Snoop Dogg is an American rapper. He began singing and playing the piano at the church at a very early age and moved on to rapping very quickly. He has also made appearances in many films and occasional television episodes.
Ashley Judd comes from a family of talented individuals and has established herself as an actress of repute and a political activist. After donning the greasepaint for leading roles right from the year 1993, she is now leaning more towards humanitarian causes, becoming a global ambassador for YouthAIDS.
A sprinter who has competed and run at the Olympics under both the disabled and able-bodied category, Oscar Pistorius had both his legs amputated at the knees as an 11-month-old baby. He is popularly known as the Blade Runner. Recently convicted of killing his girlfriend, he has been granted bail by the courts in South Africa.
This sprinter from Jamaica is a three-time winner of the Laureus Sports Person of the Year. He carries the tag of the fastest man on earth and is a six-time Olympic champion. His record leaves one in no doubt that he is the greatest sprinter of all time, holding the record for both 100 and 200 meters simultaneously.
Kylie Minogue is one more celebrity who has made the transition from singer to actress. This singer from Australia is often referred to as “The Princess of Pop” and “The Goddess of Pop”. She is releasing her latest album featuring 13 tracks this Christmas season.
Beyonce is an American singer and songwriter. Her WordPress-based website has an interesting layout carrying full-width pictures as you scroll down the landing page. To navigate further in the website, you would need to access the pull-out menu from the left side.
It would be wrong to slot Kasparov as a former world chess champion. He is an author currently on tour promoting his latest book “Winter is Coming”. Beyond this, he is also a pro-democracy leader in Russia and a global human rights activist.
Lauryn Hill is an American singer and songwriter. She achieved fame with her solo album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. It earned her 5 awards at the 41st Grammy Awards.
Lights is a Canadian singer and music writer. She started her music career in writing music for Sony and has gone on to win a number of awards.
Margaret Cho has been in comedy for the most part of her adult life. Winning accolades for comedy, right from her college days, she came to be a Patron Saint of sorts for Outsiders, for people who could not speak for themselves. She has used her fame as a kind of platform to speak about burning social issues.
Sylvester Stallone is a famous film personality who brought to life the gritty Rocky on the big screen. His recent film ‘The Expendables’ with an all-star cast that included Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, and Steve Austen opened to number one at the box office.
Well, that’s our list. Trust that I’ve given you a fair idea of how differently WordPress can be used to create powerful impressive websites.