Some people say that the age of the RSS reader is coming to an end — that people are now finding alternative ways to consume content. Well as far as I am concerned, RSS is going nowhere. It is certainly my primary means of consuming content on the web and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Which brings me to the countless WordPress resources I am subscribed to on Feedly (what with Google Reader going the way of the dodo). Because I write about WordPress on a regular basis I need to keep my ear to the ground, which means I need to see what just about every popular (or less than popular) WordPress blog is writing about.
At the time of writing I am subscribed to no less than fifty-three WordPress blogs. That’s a whole lot of reading. So to save you from getting lost in a sea of content, in this post I am going to name my ten most favorite WordPress blogs (in no particular order). Enjoy!
N.B. This list is deliberately diverse to offer examples of the multitude of ways in which WordPress is covered. Some great blogs aren’t on this list, which certainly isn’t intended to be a slight to them.
This site’s tagline is “We Are WordPress.” That seems pretty appropriate given that in just a few short months, WPDaily has established itself as arguably the online news source for all things WordPress.
Created and run by the crazy bunch of guys over at 8Bit, WPDaily looks set to buck the trend of fly-by-night WordPress news sites and looks bedded in for the long haul.
Put simply, if you want to keep up-to-date with the latest goings-on in the WordPress community, you should be subscribed to WPDaily.
This is one for those who want to stay on the cutting edge of ongoing WordPress development — the faint of heart should stay away.
Make WordPress Core, a relatively new addition to the official WordPress.org site, was launched with the intention of serving as a very public hub for discussions regarding WordPress core development.
If you want to know what features will (and won’t) be included in the next version of WordPress or what the newest default theme is going to look like, Make WordPress Core is the right destination for you.
I believe that there are a huge proportion of intermediate WordPress users out there who love to tinker with their sites. It might be adding breadcrumbs navigation here or re-formatting their blockquotes there, but these guys can’t help but make neat little changes to their site.
For such people, WPRecipes is their Shangri-La. It features a huge collection of code snippets that a tinkerer will happily spend hours implementing on their WordPress site. Here are just a few examples:
- Automatically link Twitter usernames in WordPress
- How to automatically insert a list of related articles below the post
- How to add nofollow attributes to all links in a specific category
Backed up by the resources of WPMUDEV, WPMU.org offers up everything from tips and tricks, to news pieces, to in-depth tutorials, case studies and more. They’ve got a great bunch of writers led by the award-winning Sarah Gooding of Untame fame.
The purpose of this top ten list is to offer up a diverse array of WordPress sites, so I wanted to include an “independent” WordPress tips and tricks blog in here as well. With that said, BobWP has been impressing me of late.
It may not be the most popular site in the world, but Bob Dunn has been steadily building an archive of quality content over the past several months. He also isn’t shy to share his own personal opinion on what you should be doing to create a quality WordPress blog.
With five years of WordPress experience and a background in marketing, print and web design, you could do a lot worse than read what Bob has to say.
In the interests of full disclosure, I have been a writer for the ManageWP blog since 2011. Therefore, it’s no surprise that I consider to be chock full of some of the best WordPress writing on the web ;-)
But on a serious note, if you like my articles here on WPExplorer then you’ll love what ManageWP has to offer. Our small team of writers aims to produce the kind of content you won’t find anywhere else, like in-depth reviews of how secure WordPress really is or storytelling with WordPress.
Since November 2011 the ManageWP blog has grown from an irregularly updated location for news regarding the ManageWP app to one of the most prolific and reliable WordPress resources on the web.
The Tuts+ network of websites is billed as “the best way to learn creative and technical skills,” and its got its very own WordPress website. As you would expect, it is dedicated to teaching you how to make better use of WordPress in just about every way imaginable.
With everything from coding standards to shortcodes to HTML and CSS covered, whether you are a WordPress newbie or a seasoned veteran, you’re likely to find a tutorial of interest here.
8. Tom McFarlin
Tom writes for WPTuts+ and is also a partner at 8Bit, which should give you a clear indication of his credentials. His site is one for WordPress developers, as he concentrates on his own personal thoughts regarding various aspects of WordPress development.
Having said that, as a non-developer I still find his content fascinating and I think it is useful for any WordPress user to be familiar with the trials and tribulations of developing in WordPress. There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than you probably think…
Pippin Williamson is one of my favorite WordPress guys. He is the developer of the hugely successful Easy Digital Downloads plugin (something I personally use) and an extremely helpful guy to boot.
Which is in part why I am recommending his site. Like Tom’s, his is a blog aimed at developers generally, but has perhaps more to offer to the beginner end of the niche. In fact, he has a great Plugin Development 101 course (but you’ll have to join his site as a paid member to gain access).
If I could name just one reason why you should be subscribed to Smashing, it is this: quality of content. While most blogs will have the occasional duff post, Smashing has a reputation for publishing only the best possible content on a consistent basis.
The articles are aimed perhaps more at the intermediate crowd than beginners, but regardless of your existing skill set, I recommend you check Smashing out.
What Are Your Favorite Sites?
I mentioned at the top of this article that I am missing some great sites of this list, but in the interests of sparking a little conversation I won’t reveal some of the others that I also consider favorites.
Instead I want to know what your favorite WordPress blogs are. Don’t be shy — fire away in the comments section below!