I love the WordPress community and am proud to be a part of it in a small way: there are so many talented people creating themes, plugins and writing blog posts about our favourite CMS. There is endless help from bloggers in the form of tips and tutorials and various communities, should you get stuck or need advice. My RSS feed reader is overloaded with great blogs so in this post I’m going to share 15 of my favourites – you may have heard of them allready, if not – Get subscribed!
In no particular order, here are 15 great blogs about WordPress …
The Daddy of blogs about WordPress, founded by Ryan Imel with help from Brian Krogsgard and many other contributers, WPCandy tirelessly covers all WordPress news and provides occasional tutorials as well. Updated several times a day, this should be first on your RSS subscription list. I admire WPCandy and what it stands for – it’s powered by it’s readers, foregoing advertising in place of sponsorship, it goes to show how highly its regarded in the community that it’s never short on sponsors. Highlights are it’s up to the minute news and it’s live coverage of most WordCamps.
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WP Beginner was founded in 2009 by Syed Balkhi and has remained one of the most visible blogs about WordPress ever since. The focus here is on tutorials and quick tips showing you how to achieve certain things, the amount of people that WPBeginner has have helped over the years must be huge. The site was recently expanded to cover WordPress Coupons and a WordPress Gallery. My only gripe is that that I would like an archives section to view all the articles in chronological order.
Do it with WordPress
Do it with WordPress is a blog that may fly under the radar, but it shouldn’t – the author is Dave Clements who has guest posted on WPLift a couple of times. Dave is a solid WordPress developer with 10 years experience in the web industry. He writes some great in-depth tutorials delving into the more technical aspects of theme and plugin development.
WPMU is a blog run by the company behind WPMU Dev, a commercial plugin company which specialises in providing plugins compatible with WordPress Multi-Site and BuddyPress. There are a number of writers but the ones I see the most are Siobhan McKeown and Sarah Gooding. WPMU.org started out focusing on the now defunct WordPress MU (WPMU) which was rolled into the core of WordPress as WordPress multi-site, so now the site covers all things WordPress. You will find daily updates of content not too disimilar to WPLift – tutorials and roundup posts.
Theme.FM is a really new blog, launched in June of this year by Konstantin Kovshenin & Marium Raja + other contributers it immediately grabbed my attention with high quality articles and tutorials and it’s unique graphic style. So far the team has released a quality free theme, other freebies and recently live-blogged the WordCamp in San Francisco. Definately one to watch!
WP Roots is another new blog by the people behind Mojo-Themes, a WordPress theme marketplace and who I have found to be a really nice bunch. WP Roots provides indepth tutorials about theme development, I guess to help their authors but any WordPress developer will find value in these posts. Only a month old, they allready have 9 tutorials and 4 free .PSDs for download = subscribe!
Digging into WordPress
One of the older established blogs on this list, Digging into WordPress is curated by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr who also author a book of the same name. This blog was launched in 2009 and contains many tips and tutorials for beginners and more advanced users alike.
Yet another new blog, this one has pedigree though – being the latest Tuts+ site from Envato. If you haven’t heard of Envato, then you should immediately go and subscribe to most of their blogs – they run a network of informational sites which only produce high quality content, they also run a network of marketplaces selling WordPress Themes and Flash Components amongst other things.
WP Shout is a quality blog founded by Alex Denning which I first came across when he published a mammoth 5-part series about the Basics of Theme Design. The posts aren’t as frequent as they were but the blog is still a valuable resource – dig back into the archives for quality content.
WP Engineer has been going since 2008, making it one of the older blogs on this list. It was created by Alexander Frison, Frank Bültge and Michael Preuss and delves into the nitty gritty of WordPress development – if you need to get technical, then this is the blog.
WP Recipes was created by Jean-Baptiste Jung and is a spin-off from his hugely sucessfull web design blog, Cats Who Code. The site comprises many small tips and pieces of code that you will need in your day-to-day WordPress coding. Next time your stuck, hit the site search up and you will surely find the code snippet you’re looking for!
Theme Lab used to be a straight-up blog about WordPress but has been recently been redesigned to put emphasis on Leland’s themes and services. Delve back into the tutorial archives though and you will find a huge amount of information and advice about developing with WordPress.
Ian Stewart started the Theme Shaper blog, he was then hired by Automattic in March 2010 and the blog was then rolled into part of Automattic which speaks volumes about the quality of the site. Thematic has many great tutorials about developing themes such as the great “Powering Your Design With WordPress” series and also is home to the Thematic Framework.
I can draw some parallels between myself and WP Mods founder, Kevin Muldoon, he’s a fellow Brit and he’s also built and sold sucessfull blogs before. His latest venture is WP Mods, a solid blog covering everything WordPress. He posts lots of new theme and plugin releases along with tips and tutorials.
This entry was going to be Justin Tadlock’s personal blog where he shared many WordPress tutorials, but a recent announcement stated he now blogs about WordPress at the new DevPress blog, so unless you want to learn about his Six-Pack or running goals I’d head there instead : – ) DevPress is a theme club which will set you back a mere $5 per year for their excellent themes and plugins.
The final entry on this list is not a blog, but a new mailing list dedicated to all things WordPress, compiled each week by Cristian Antohe it features the latest News & Articles, Theme News, Theme Releases, Plugin News and Tutorials. If you care about WordPress then you should be subscribed!
There are a number of other blogs which are/were prolific but dont seem to post much lately which I didn’t include – so now it’s your turn – who have I missed?
Let me know in the comments …