You can’t become a Thesis master without learning WordPress first, plain and simple. Being a huge WordPress nerd I have a section in my RSS Reader just for WordPress development blogs so I can keep up to date and continue to learn every day. I figured I’d share that folder with you.
Here you’ll find my top 11 favourite wordpress development blogs, with some information about each and examples of the kind of posts they do. (I’ve also uploaded an OPML file you can download here to import all the feeds easily)
This is the blog that accompanies the wonderful ebook of the same name by Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr. The blog is a great read after the book, as it gets pretty advanced and has lots of code samples to help you do some really cool things with WordPress
WP Shout puts up articles to help you improve your WordPress design whether you’re a complete beginner or somebody looking to take their theming to the next level. They’re great for some longer posts filled with code samples.
This is the only blog on this list that isn’t exclusively WordPress tips, but they put out some great tutorials and focus on making your blog. Also, owner Michael Martin is about to release his own WordPress framework so he gets a pass.
When you first to get to the WordPress for Beginners website, you’ll see a huge guide on getting started with WordPress. That’ll get you up and running, but it’s their blog where they really shine for me. It’s there that they’ll teach you how to do the cool stuff.
WordPress Tavern is a frequently updated WordPress blog with a fairly long-running podcast as well. They write their own articles, show you where great articles are elsewhere on the web, and host a forum. A great blog for us WordPress nerds to check in with to see what’s happening with the WordPress community.
WP Engineer is very popular WordPress development blog for good reason: they produce great content. They also keep very up to date and lately have been putting out a lot of great tutorials regarding WordPress 3.0. Definitely worth subscribing to.
By the same man behind Cats Who Code and Cats Who Blog here’s WP Recipes. This site is great if you’re looking for how to do something specific and cool, because all it is is quick code samples. Extremely useful.
With over 260 posts ranging from quick tips and tutorials to news, roundups and longer articles, WordPress Vibe will give you your WordPress fix. Also, owner Jonathan Dingman has WordPress license plates. Awesome.
Although young, WP Constructs is proving to be a contender in the WordPress development blog arena. They’ve put out quite a few posts since their inception in February of this year, ranging from tutorials and roundups to WordPress resources. Definitely a site to watch.
WordPress Arena is becoming one of the more popular wordpress development blogs due to the wide variety of WordPress-related content they put out. They offer lots of tutorials as well as more abstract posts and highlight themes and plugins.
You didn’t think I could do a post like this without mentioning the very site you’re on did you? (And yes, I subscribe to my own RSS feed.) Although we’re just a few weeks old, and have a strong focus towards the Thesis theme (obviously), I’m planning on covering a lot of ground related to WordPress on this site. That is because, as I said earlier, you can’t become a Thesis master without learning WordPress first.
As I said earlier, you can grab the OPML file to load these feeds into your RSS reader with only a few clicks. I hope you enjoyed this post and these blogs prove useful for you. I’m always looking for nice WordPress development blogs so let me know in the comments if I left any out.