When it comes to WordPress, there is an abundance of information available online. Blogs, tutorials, reviews… it’s pretty much impossible to stay on top of it all! (Trust me – I used to have dozens of sources feeding into my RSS reader.)
You can’t ignore these resources entirely, though. Every now and then, an article will come along that could drastically improve the way you do things with WordPress. So, what’s a WP junkie to do?
In my opinion, there are six killer WordPress resources that you need to keep tabs on:
wpMail is a free WordPress newsletter that pulls together the top WordPress articles from around the web. Each issue is filled with news updates, theme & plugin releases, reviews, and editorials. If something big happens in the world of WordPress, wpMail will have it covered. Above all else, subscribe to this newsletter! It’s amazingly useful and I always look forward to receiving it.
Code Poet was once a neglected site dedicated to listing WordPress service providers around the world. Earlier this year, Code Poet underwent a massive overhaul, and it’s now a dedicated resource for anyone working with WordPress in a professional capacity. If you’re a WordPress designer or developer, or if you’re just an enthusiastic hobbyist looking to get more out of WP, check out Code Poet – this is a site you should be visiting regularly!
WP Candy is home to the most comprehensive selection of WordPress podcasts. I really enjoy listening to the back-and-forth banter between the show hosts – their enthusiasm is contagious. WP Candy also provides a good number of featured articles about the WordPress community in general.
Make WordPress is actually a network of blogs – a consolidation of the various WordPress.org team blogs that were floating around on their own. If you’re interested in learning about the inner workings of WordPress, or if you want to contribute something to the development of WordPress itself, this is the place to go.
WP Tuts is a member of Envato’s Tutsplus network, and stands to the same level of quality as the rest of the Tuts+ sites. (The entire Envato network is a boon for web professionals in general.) Topics range from introductory best practices to more intense coding.
WP Realm is a newcomer to the scene, created to bring a more international perspective to the table, and balance out the predominantly American-centric blogs. There’s a solid team of contributors leading the project, and I’m really interested in watching it grow over the coming years.