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22 Of The Best WordPress Blogs You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted on August 1 by in Resources | 32 comments

22 Of The Best WordPress Blogs You Don’t Want To Miss

WordPress is one of the easiest content management platforms to learn. Within an hour, most people will feel comfortable navigating the WordPress admin area, adding articles, and uploading images. It does, however, take a little longer to get the most out of WordPress. That is why I recommend reading WordPress blogs regularly.

WordPress blogs give tips on how to improve WordPress and make it more efficient. They share useful plugins, beautiful WordPress themes, practical code snippets, and much more. I have been reading WordPress blogs and writing about WordPress for eight years and continue to read WordPress blogs regularly to this day. It is the best way to stay up to date with the latest WordPress plugins, themes, and techniques.

This article details the best WordPress blogs that are active today. I have listed blogs that cover a range of topics as I covered WordPress tutorial websites and WordPress news blogs recently. Therefore, blogs such as the official WordPress blog, TutsPlus, WP Sites, Cats Who Code and WP Beginner, have not been listed.

Elegant Themes Blog

Obviously, I am very biased with this opinion, but I believe that Elegant Themes blog is currently one of the best wordPress blogs online. Having launched in 2008, the Elegant Themes Blog is also one of the oldest WordPress blogs around; however, in the beginning, the blog predominantly focused on updates about new Elegant Themes designs and plugins. It was not until 2014 that the blog started diversifying and offering tips, tutorials, and suggestions of great plugins.

Our blog is updated most days with high quality content. We have made a point of ensuring that our articles offer practical advice that help you use WordPress more effectively. I encourage you to subscribe so that you get updates about our latest articles :)

Elegant Themes Blog

In 2014, we expanded the Elegant Themes blog to offer more great content to readers.

WP Tavern

WP Tavern has always been one of the best WordPress news blogs online, however over the course of the last year they have expanded the range of topics they cover. They now include theme list articles, inside look at plugins, interviews, and more. All articles are written by WordPress veterans Jeff Chandler and Sarah Gooding and every Friday they go live with the fantastic podcast WordPress Weekly.

WP Tavern

Every WordPress user should subscribe to WP Tavern.

WP Squared

Run by my friends Sam Sinton and Kevin Mackay, WP Squared is updated every week with great WordPress tutorials, news, theme lists, and plugin reviews. They also review online tools that will help website owners. They will soon be expanding the blog and increasing their posting frequency, so expect great things from the blog in the near future.

WP Squared

WP Squared consistently publishes great WordPress articles.

WP Lift

WP Lift was launched in 2010 by WordPress developer Oliver Dale. Oliver is well known within the WordPress niche for launching WordPress related products such as the theme store ThemeFurnace and the advertising plugin WP AdCenter.

His blog is updated daily with guides, useful tools, plugin reviews, theme reviews, and news roundups. They also have a large coupon directory.

WP Lift

WP Lift is updated every day with tutorials and WordPress product reviews.

WP Explorer

AJ Clarke launched WP Explorer back in 2009. As a theme designer who has developed many WordPress themes himself, AJ has focused a lot of his time into reviewing WordPress themes. The website has a large theme directory with hundreds of unique reviews of WordPress designs. There is a large plugin directory too.

The WP Explorer blog mainly focuses on theme and plugin reviews, however they also publish guides and host WordPress related competitions.

WP Explorer

WP Explorer has a lot of experience with analysing WordPress themes and plugins.

87 Studios

87 Studios is updated frequently by WordPress developer Kris Hoja. The blog includes news roundups and competitions on a regular basis. They also publish tutorials and reviews of themes and plugins. I have worked with Kris many times in the past and I am always amazed with how helpful he is with other WordPress users. This natural desire to help others shines through in his articles.

87 Studios

87 Studios publish WordPress news and review WordPress themes and plugins.

WPEka

WPEka has gained a lot of attention over the last few months by snapping up many WordPress themes and plugins for their WPEka club. Their blog is updated several times a week with in-depth tutorials, opinion articles, and reviews of themes and plugins.

WP Eka

The WP Eka blog is updated several times per week.

WP Mayor

WP Mayor has been a popular blog with WordPress users since 2010. Run by WordPress developer Jean Galea, the blog publishes tutorials and reviews of plugins and themes.

WP Mayor

Jean Galea’s WordPress blog WP Mayor has been online since 2010.

WP Jedi

WP Jedi is a WordPress blog that publishes content every day. They primarily focus on theme and plugin reviews. Security and business related topics are also covered from time to time.

WP Jedi

WP Jedi is a great place to read plugin and theme reviews.

WP Kube

WP Kube was launched by young blogger and affiliate marketer Devesh Sharma in 2010 when Devesh was only 15. He continues to share useful resources and WordPress news on a regular basis. Tutorials and product reviews are also featured.

WP Kube

WP Kube has been online for four years.

WPMU DEV Blog

WPMU DEV is well known to WordPress users because of their extensive range of WordPress plugins. Their blog is updated daily with WordPress news, tutorials, theme reviews, plugin reviews, and opinions on WordPress. The quality of articles published on their blog is always high.

WPMU Blog

WPMU DEV’s always publish fantastic articles.

WP Superstars

Recently launched by Blogging Wizard owner Adam Connell, WP Superstars publishes useful plugin and theme reviews. General advice about WordPress is also shared and there is a hosting comparison page and recommended WordPress resources page.

WP Superstars

WP Superstars has not been online long, however the content published so far has been really good.

ManageWP Blog

ManageWP are well known for their WordPress management service, however they have also been updating their blog with great content for three years. They publish articles on a wide range of topics including WordPress tutorials, news, development, plugins, and themes.

You should also check out their community driven website ManageWP.org. The service allows users to submit and vote on their favorite WordPress articles. It’s a great place to discover the latest WordPress articles on the internet.

ManageWP Blog

ManageWP update their blog every day with tutorials, news, and reviews.

WP Shout

Originally founded in 2009 by Alex Denning, WP Shout was later purchased in 2013 by Fred Meyer and David Hayes. In the past, the blog mainly focused on WordPress tutorials, however it currently publishes blog posts on a wide range of topics. This includes WordPress news, competitions, theme and plugin reviews, ideas on how WordPress can be improved, tutorials, blogging, and more.

WP Shout

WP Shout publish articles on a wide number of WordPress related topics.

Lady WordPress

Lady WordPress was launched by the self-named “Lady WP” in 2011. She gives general advice about using WordPress and reviews WordPress plugins. She occasionally shares blogging tips too.

Lady WordPress

Lady WordPress writes about blogging and WordPress.

Search Engine Journal

Search Engine Journal publish WordPress related articles on their blog every few days. As you would expect, a lot of their WordPress content is related to search engines in some way.

Search Engine Journal

Search Engine Journal may seem like an unlikely source for WordPress information, however their content is great.

Just WP

Founded by Karan Chopra last year, Just WP publishes WordPress tutorials, code snippets, theme and plugin reviews, and graphical resources.

Just WP

Just WP publish reviews, tutorials, and WordPress advice.

WP Speak

WP Speak is another WordPress blog that was launched in 2013. They share code snippets, WordPress tutorials, WordPress news, and theme and plugin reviews.

WP Speak

In addition to publishing articles, WP Speak have also released a few WordPress themes.

Tom McFarlin

Tom McFarlin is a WordPress developer who offers custom development and design services through Pressware. He regularly shares his thoughts on WordPress and publishes tutorials and advice for WordPress users.

Very few WordPress developers actually take the time to share their views with others; which is why I recommend checking out Tom’s blog.

Tom McFarlin

Tom McFarlin shares his opinion on WordPress from a developer’s perspective.

SitePoint

SitePoint has been helping people build websites since 1999. I was very active in their forums back in 2000. In addition to launching services such as Flippa and 99Designs, they offer books and courses. They also have a fantastic code reference for CSS, Javascript, and HTML.

Their blog publishes WordPress tutorials and tips every week. As you would expect from a website such as SitePoint, the standard of articles are very high.

SitePoint

SitePoint’s WordPress articles are always top notch.

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine is one of the most popular web development and design magazines online. They offer workshops and books and offer an active job board.

While Smashing Magazine is not a dedicated WordPress blog, they do produce high quality WordPress articles once or twice per month.

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine publish great WordPress articles a few times per month.

BobWP

Bob Dunn is a popular WordPress teacher who offers WordPress training and coaching through his website. He also hosts a weekly podcast.

Through his blog, Bob shares useful tips on how to use WordPress and gives his view on important WordPress related issues.

BobWP

Bob regularly shares his knowledge of WordPress with readers.

I hope I have helped you find some great WordPress blogs through this article. If I have missed out any WordPress blogs that you believe you should have made the list, please feel free to share them in the comment area below :)

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32 Comments

  1. Lots of great sites! Love that ET was the first one – how fitting! :) Also love WPLift and Jedi. Great stuff!

  2. Fabulous list Kevin.
    I love what Bob Dunn does and I’m a regular visitor to the Tavern… WordPress Tavern that is.

  3. Great resource for finding more information! I’ll have to start following and commenting on those blogs as well.

    Anytime I can learn more about WordPress optimization, security, marketing, and design I grow. It’s important to keep yourself up to date with changing trends, and this is truly a great resource to do that.

    Thank you!

  4. 87 Studios and Search Engine Journal are my favorites; I’ve been visiting them for years. Kevin you should make a Top 20 list of sites that use Elegant themes I would love to read that.

    • +11 on that one! :) Great idea, Tarrence!

    • I agree with Tarrence, would love to read the top 20 list of sites that use Elegant Themes – one of my favourite sites for finding great themes. I’ve been receiving Sitepoint newsletters for years too – very helpful information. Also Hot Scripts is another awesome site. Well done everyone.

    • Thanks for the suggestion. Last year we did a Customer Showcase contest, and I think it might be a nice time to host round 2 :)

  5. Excellent list! I’ll be checking those out.

  6. Thanks for this list, Kevin.

    One can learn something new here everyday. I´m a regular for most of those blogs, but still didn´t know about a couple of them.

  7. It’s a perfect list to get all necessary information regarding WP ! Some of these blogs apply really good methods like WordPress popup optin plugins. Sounds really good to improve loyalty :)

  8. I loved this roundup. And you do have a fabulous blog.

    Thanks!

  9. Can’t believe you guys missed Chris Lema. He’s great!

  10. I love that the Elegant Theme Blog is in the #1 slot.
    I think the information on this blog is outstanding. There are so many WordPress sites out there now, there just isn’t enough time to visit all of them.
    If you list the what you think to be the top ten, someone will always say, “What about this one ________.”

    Anyway, great job.

  11. I disagree. This is a wasted newsletter. There is very little to distinguish among all these blogs. I thought I was going to see actual WP sites with a variety of topics, not 22 repetitive “how to build a WP site that you won’t alter nearly as often as we want you to think you will.”

    That said, I’m very grateful to ET for the wonderful theme choices.

    • If you are looking for news, instead of tutorials, then I would check our WPTavern (at the top of the list). It sounds like you might find their posts interesting, if the other blogs here were a bust :)

  12. Another great list Kevin!

    I’ve added some of these, which I was missing in the first place, into my “WordPress Newsboard” at http://bowo.io/wpnews/

    Thanks!

  13. Great list of blog’s that share valuable information about WordPress. But also miss many other blogs.

  14. Three sites I route once I’m on my system are Elegant blog, WPMU.org and WPtavern, while others are via Google search. I personally love WPMU because of their high quality weekend tutorial to tinker WordPress a bit. How I wish iThemes has a blog looking at the array of WP ebooks they’ve created. Right now, ET top my list for obvious reasons.

    To Kevin; Is there any coupon to your forum membership?

    Cheers

  15. Kevin,

    Thanks for the mention – honored to be included in such great company!

  16. Thank you for this robust list. New to the wordpress community,this is a great help!

  17. Great list :)

    But you miss one : your blog ^^

  18. WP Tavern is my all time favorite blog. Boat loads of great stuff there. As for WP Mayor, just seems to be a blog designed to make money via affiliate links. Don’t think it’s a good value.

  19. The Elegant themes blog definitely is wonderful! People can’t believe I get such excellent information from my theme company, so thank you!

    Two things – Kevin, I put this on one other ET author’s blog post but I wanted to say it on one of yours …. I sure wish you had a *printer friendly* version of these 30-50 page posts for those of us who want to print/save them!

    Also, ET folks – please add me to the list of people who get that pop-up every single time I do anything on ET. Asking me to subscribe … and I’m already a subscriber!

    Aside from those two things, thank you for everything. I am so glad I found Elegant Themes!

  20. Great list! I recently ran across WP Tavern a few times and loved it. Thanks for the awesome list – saving this one!

  21. Thanks so much for the mention :-)

  22. I’ve been using WPMU.org for as long as I can remember! And also Elegant Themes ;)

  23. WPMU DEV & Smashing Magazine are my favorite. For technical things I prefer WPMU DEV and for designing related stuff I go to Smashing Magazine. Thanks for sharing other resources with us. I’ll be checking them out.

  24. Thanks for the list. I already read a few of them on a regular basis but there are a couple I’ve not heard of before so I’ll definitely be checking them out sometime soon.

  25. Nice List, another awesome post from Elegant Themes. WPtavern, Wpseer.com and this blog are my top sources for “No B.S” WordPress stuff.

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