WordPress is the most popular Content Management System used not only for blogs but for small business and corporate sites, too. Thanks to its ease of use, anyone can create a website quickly. But, if you want to get the most out of WordPress and take your website to the next level, it’s worth spending some time on learning more about the WordPress ecosystem. In this article, we’ve rounded up the best WordPress resources for 2018 so you can become a confident WordPress user and website owner.
Official WordPress Resources
Sometimes, the best way to learn about something is to go straight to the source. The following is a list of official WordPress resources that will help you learn more about the history of WordPress and how it works.
WordPress Codex is the place to go if you want to know how WordPress works, how to modify themes, how a particular function works and how to properly use it, and so much more. It’s the holy grail of WordPress and it will even come in handy if you are interested in writing your own plugin or coding your own theme.
If you’re interested in contributing to WordPress, Make WordPress should be your next stop. From getting involved with the core development team to participating in the theme approval and review process or simply translating WordPress in your language, there is a way for everyone to contribute to WordPress and make it even better.
The official WordPress support forums are the best place to get answers to all your questions about WordPress as well as to ask for help and guidance. And if you’re a more experienced user, you can help out others by pointing them in the right direction and answering their questions.
If you prefer a visual learning style, don’t miss WordPressTV. Not only is this site packed with video tutorials from other experienced WordPress users, it also allows you to submit your own tutorials to be included on the site. Videos are suitable for both beginners and advanced users and cover almost everything under the sun when it comes to WordPress.
The blogs below are some of the most popular blogs on WordPress that publish helpful tutorials, walkthroughs, as well as plugin and theme reviews.
Founded by Syed Balkhi, wpbeginner has a wealth of tutorials about WordPress as well as numerous tips, tricks, and hacks useful for both novice and experienced WordPress users.
If you want to stay up to date with what’s going on in WordPress, WPTavern should be your first stop. It’s one of the oldest blogs about WordPress and aims to cover new features and releases in a timely manner.
WPKube houses not only WordPress tutorials but also theme and plugin reviews. It also has a number of complete WordPress guides on making a website and starting a blog. You’ll also be able to find coupons and deals for top-notch hosting and popular plugins.
Started by the same team that’s behind WPEngine, TorqueMag is a great stop for WordPress news and tutorials. Their topics are geared toward developers and more experienced users of WordPress.
WPMU Dev Blog
Another blog that’s a great read if you’re just starting out with WordPress, WPMU Dev Blog offers theme and plugin tutorials as well as advice on maintaining and taking care of your site. You’ll often find advice for running your business with WordPress, and more.
Tom McFarlin is a well-known name in the WordPress community who not only runs his own WordPress development company but also contributes to the official plugin repository and works as the Tuts+ Code editor. His site is where he shares tutorials, tips, and other resources related to WordPress.
Paul Underwood is another well-known name when it comes to WordPress. He is a freelance web developer that loves working on WordPress plugins and shares quite a few WordPress snippets and tutorials on his blog.
If you want to learn how to start and grow your WordPress website, BobWP is the site for you. With tutorials on WordPress, e-commerce, marketing, and more, his site is a true treasure trove for those running an online business.
The Code section of Tuts+ dedicated to WordPress tackles more advanced topics in WordPress development. This makes it a perfect choice for those who are interested in improving their coding skills. You’ll find a range of free tutorials and courses as well as paid courses.
WordPress Podcasts and Books
If you prefer reading or listening to podcasts, there are a few excellent resources that will be right up your alley.
The Tao of WordPress
This book, written by Jeff Starr, a professional developer, designer, author, and publisher with over 15 years of experience is a 300-page guide on everything you’d want to know if you plan on launching a WordPress website. From installation and customization to marketing and optimization, The Tao of WordPress will serve you well.
Matt Report Podcast
If you run an online business or are a digital consultant using WordPress, this podcast will give you the perfect marketing advice you need to grow your business with WordPress.
The Hello Dolly podcast is one of the most comprehensive WordPress podcasts that covers every topic related to WordPress.
Digging Into WordPress
Another book about WordPress, Digging Into WordPress comes in both a PDF and e-book version and includes more than 300 pages of WordPress tips, tricks, and advice. You can even copy and paste snippets from the book and use them on your own site.
We will wrap up this roundup with a collection of helpful WordPress tools that will help you manage your site better.
If you run multiple WordPress websites, you know it can be time-consuming to log into each one and manually update them. ManageWP comes to the rescue and allows you to manage all your sites from one central dashboard.
WP Site Care
As a business owner, you have enough on your plate so it’s not unusual for website maintenance to fall to the wayside. Offload technical details to WP Site Care, a team of experienced users and focus on what you do best while they update, monitor, and backup your site.
If you must get on a mailing list, then definitely consider WPMail.Me. This newsletter serves as a roundup of WordPress news and articles, delivered to your inbox once a week.
As you can see, there is no shortage of WordPress resources available. The above is just the tip of the iceberg and there are many more blogs, books, and podcasts out there dedicated to the most popular platform. Use our roundup as a starting point and work on becoming a WordPress master.