As WordPress continues to grow (and thrive) on the web, it is helpful to know where you can go to find information regarding WordPress. The following are just a few of the best sites to use when keeping up with WordPress news:
WP Beginner’s main goal is:
…to provide quality tips, tricks, hacks, and other WordPress resources that allows WordPress beginners to improve their site(s).
If you are a beginning WordPress user, this may be the next site that you start to follow. They have well over 100,000 followers already. In addition to deals on WordPress features, you can track news and events that are WordPress oriented. They even have a beginner’s guide that is very informative.
One of the features on WP Beginner’s site is a Glossary Page. It is filled with words and terms pertaining to all things WordPress. They are listed and separated alphabetically. This page serves as a great start for beginning WordPress users who don’t yet understand the “lingo” of WordPress.
If you browse their Glossary Page and can’t find a definition of what you’re looking for, you can suggest terms that you would like explained. These are the things they look for in their suggestion form:
If you want to see a specific topic covered please let us know and also let us know why you want to see it covered, and how it will help the audience. We appreciate all your ideas, so keep them up.
In addition to the Glossary, there is also a Deals Page that offers discounts on hosting, plugins, services and themes. Check out WP Beginner’s other great resources when you have a chance. This site is a great place to start looking for news related to WordPress.
Though it lacks up to the minute news, WordPress.tv is a great place for a variety of videos on WordPress topics. They also have videos filmed at various WordCamps, even including videos from the WordCamp that takes place in San Francisco. That is considered to be the most anticipated WordCamp event of each upcoming year.
At this time, you can even view the State of the Word 2014 Keynote that was delivered by WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg this year.
Without a doubt, the most important features of the WordPress.tv site are the myriad of videos from the world’s leading WordPress developers. It is very vital to know the opinions and views of leading WordPress developers, because it clues the WordPress community into the current climate and state of all things WordPress. It’s very likely that you will enjoy using WordPress.tv for viewing these informative videos.
Official WordPress.org Blog
If you want the best and most current information on the latest updates for WordPress, this should be your first stop. In addition to sharing news about the updates, the WordPress.org Blog offers information on things such as upcoming WordCamp opportunities, theme information, plugin tips and tricks and security release information.
One thing to keep in mind about the efficacy of this particular blog, is that it is not as vital now that updates happen automatically in WordPress. Still, it is a good idea to subscribe to their blog so that you can get updates and the latest information directly from the source.
The next site worth tracking for daily WordPress information is Index WP. On Index WP you can expect to find blogs on plugins, themes, WordPress tutorials, as well as deals on various things involving WordPress. According to their About page, this is what you can expect from Index WP:
We look forward to bring all aspects of WordPress be it themes, plugins, regular updates and all other products & services which has connection to WordPress community.
This is a more commercial site, offering deals on themes, plugins and hosting, but they also are dedicated to WordPress news. This is a growing resource that currently gets about 40,000 page views per month.
Even though Index WP is heavily focused on the more commercial and sales-oriented aspects of WordPress, this is a resource that is growing and gaining popularity. It’s definitely worth taking a peek around the site to see what can be learned from the information they offer.
The last site that I’m going to talk about is possibly the most reliable place to go for all things WordPress. It is WP Tavern. They have RSS feeds, so that you can keep up with their news and information every day from the comfort of your personal feed reader.
The reason that this might be the most reliable place to track WordPress news is partly due to the fact that WP Tavern is owned by Matt Mullenweg. If you go to their site, check out the “History” section of the About page. It describes the events that led up to Mullenweg coming to own WP Tavern. It is a very interesting story.
According to their about page, you can expect to find the following on WPTavern:
WordPress Tavern is a site focused on all things WordPress. We also cover BuddyPress, bbPress, and any project under the Automattic umbrella. WordPress Tavern is a warm and inviting community where those interested in the software can hang out with fellow WordPressers to engage in enlightening discussions.
If you are going to only choose one place for WordPress news and updates, make sure you try WP Tavern first. There is so much information available on the site.
The Search Is On!
Now that you have a few resources to browse around, go out and have fun. Share and follow the things that seem the most important to you as a WordPress user. As a member of the WordPress community, it is important that you stay up to date, as well as interacting with the ever-growing community.
If you know of another great site for tracking WordPress news, feel free to share about it in the Comments section below. Include any details that you might find important, along with how long you have been using that given resource.