Note: this is a “post in progress,” meaning that it is being frequently updated with new recommendations. If you would like to suggest a reputable and valuable WordPress news related blog or news source to be included in this post, please leave a link and brief description in the comment section below. Thank you.
I’ve just started using the popular Q&A website Quora. So far the experience has far outlived my expectations.
The premise of Quora is simple: you ask a question connected to a specific topic and people following that topic category (in this case “WordPress”) can answer it. People can also “follow” specific questions, upvote good answers to that question and even comment on answers.
It’s Q&A for the social web. The best thing about it is that you often get instant responses. This is a real incentive to use the site.
One of my first questions to “Quorans” was: “What blogs or websites do you follow to get the latest news about WordPress?” The answers I got were brilliant and motivated me to write this post.
So if you’re looking for great sites to follow to keep up with all things WordPress, check these links out. Many thanks to Joel Rivera, Calvin Shoop, Frank Johnson, Dave Chu and Davis Brown for their invaluable responses to my original Quora question.
1. WordPress by WordPress
One of the first and most obvious places to get WordPress news is right from WordPress itself.
WordPress Blog: this is the official WordPress blog and the main focus is on the development of the WordPress application. It also includes community related news and event announcements.
WordCamp Central: a site listing all the WordPress conferences (WordCamps) taking place worldwide.
WordPress.tv: this is a video site housing many of the talks and presentations given at the various WordCamps around the world.
Matt Mullenweg: the personal blog of WordPress co-founder. Matt often writes about pressing issues related to WordPress.
Automattic News: Automattic is the development company behind WordPress.com as well as some of the most popular WordPress plugins (JetPack, BuddyPress and VaultPress for example.). Matt Mullenweg is the CEO. Their news page pulls in feeds from an array of key WordPress news sources.
2. WordPress by bloggers
This section highlights some of the most popular and reputable blogs about WordPress, many of which include contributions by leading developers, designers and WordPress community members.
WP Tavern: This is one of the most popular blogs on WordPress. The site has an interesting backstory in that its original founder and current contributing writer Jeff Chandler who writes alongside Marcus Couch and Sarah Gooding , founded the site in 2009, but sold it in 2011 to an owner whose identity was revealed 2 years later to be WordPress co-founder, Matt Mullenweg. Topics covered in this blog include WordPress plugins and themes news, how-to articles, WordPress resource lists and more.
Wpmudev blog: if you’re not down with the whole brevity thing, Wpmudev stands for WordPress Multisite Development. The title might not be catchy, but the content of this long-standing blog certainly is. This is one of the most frequented WordPress focused blogs you can find right now. Wpmudev specializes in theme and plugin development, and their blog reflects that developer spirit with a wide range of how to style articles on making the most of WordPress.
Woothemes blog: Woothemes is one of the early premium theme companies that emerged during the 2008 “premium rush.” Over the past 8 years they have become one of the mainstays of the WordPress theme developer community and have contributed a great deal to the development of WordPress as a whole. Like Mpmudev, their blog takes a hands-on approach to using WordPress.
Post Status: this was recomended to me by WordPress developer Dave Chu who called Post Status “a site for WordPress cognoscenti.” Post Status offers free and premium content. The premium posts are reserved for paying members. Among the membership are some of the most well known people in the WordPress community. Topics covered in both the free and premium content includes WordPress theme, plugin and core development, but there’s also a strong emphasis on running businesses based on WordPress.
WP Engine Blog: this a popular blog by one of the more popular WordPress dedicated web hosting companies. You’ll find alot of tips about optimizing WordPress from a server-side perspective.
Torque: this is an online magazine run by WP Engine and devoted to WordPress. This magazine covers a much wider array of WordPress topics than the WP Engine Blog and it also offers content to WordPress beginners.
Elegant Themes Blog: this is the blog of another long-running premium theme company, Elegant Themes. This multi-authored blog offers practical tips on running WordPress sites.
WpBeginner: as its title indicates, this site is all about helping newcomers to WordPress. You can find a lot of 101 style guides on the site including their much read “start your WordPress blog in minutes” guide.
Sitepoint WordPress Blog: SitePoint is a hub for web developers to share their passion for building incredible Internet things and their blog contains a lively and informative WordPress section, well worth a look.
WPLift: UK based blogger Oliver Dale created WPLift in 2010 and it continues to go from strength to strength. The main aim of the blog is to help people with WordPress through tutorials, theme roundups, plugin guides and WordPress news. Check it out!
3. WordPress by Podcast
Podcasts have seen a real revival over the past couple of years and this includes WordPress related broadcasts too. Here is a selection of some of the best podcasts to tune into.
WordPress Weekly: this is run by WP Tavern and airs every Wednesday evening at 9:30 pm EST. The show covers WordPress news and highlights community members through interviews.
WP Watercooler: this weekly WordPress talk show airs every Monday at 11:00am PT via Google Hangouts. Topics covered include themes, plugins, software and services.
Your Website Engineer: this practical podcast created by Dustin Hartzler has been running since 2010 and airs every Wednesday. Each podcast covers a specific topic related to WordPress, often based on audience submitted questions. It’s a great way to learn new tricks with WordPress.
The WordPress Chick’s Podcast: Kim Doyal, a freelance WordPress specialist, is now 90 episodes in to her popular podcast. While Kim does put an emphasis on WordPress related topics in the show, there is also a good deal of content on running a business and being a freelance professional in the tech space.
The DradCast: a long-running show by Brad WIlliams and Dre Armeda on all things WordPress.
4. WordPress by Newsletter
Another great way to keep up with all things WordPress is to subscribe to some of the many newsletters out there. Here are a few noteworthy email lists.
wpMail.me: This is a brilliant weekly newsletter curated by Cristian Antohe and Bianca Petroiuwith a round-up of the best WordPress news and posts in a no-nonsense email.
WP Mastery: Run by Jan Koch, this newsletter is “a free weekly training session for non-techy WordPress users.”
This is my list so far. As I mentioned in the beginning, I intend to update this list as and when I find new resources, but also as people post new suggestions on Quora or indeed here in the comment section. I’ve missed out many amazing sites, so let me know how you like to get your WordPress news.