As a WordPress user, it pays to stay up to date with the latest WordPress news and developments. This will advise you about important WordPress security issues and new WordPress plugins and themes that have just been released.
You may be surprised to hear that there are not too many dedicated WordPress news websites. This is partly because it is difficult to make a WordPress news website profitable. I ran a WordPress blog myself for years and in comparison to plugin and theme related articles, news articles received very little traffic. One reason for this is that news becomes irrelevant very quickly.
Thankfully, there are still some good places to find out about important WordPress related news and events. In this article, I would like to share with you what I consider to be the best.
The official WordPress blog is the best place to find out about the latest stable and beta releases of WordPress. Each announcement post details what has been added to the new release of WordPress. The blog also occasionally publishes details of events such as WordCamp and other miscellaneous WordPress news.
Since WordPress introduced automatic updates in WordPress 3.7, there has been less of a need to visit the official WordPress blog to get information about new releases as everything can be updated automatically through the WordPress admin area. Though the blog remains the best place to find out what has been added to a new release of WordPress
WordPress.com have a blog too, however it mostly focuses on new WordPress.com themes and other WordPress.com related news. I recommend subscribing to the blog if you have a hosted WordPress.com website.
I was initially reluctant to include the personal blog of WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg in this list as Matt does not use his blog exclusively to publish WordPress related topics. You will find Matt sharing quotes, articles he has enjoyed reading, and business related news.
However, Matt does share WordPress related news and events too. What better way to get an insight into WordPress than listening to the man who is steering the ship 🙂
WordPress.tv is the place to catch up with the latest presentations from WordCamps around the world. They also share behind the scenes videos and interviews.
While WordPress.tv is not the place to find out about news breaking events, it is the perfect place to listen to the views and ideas of important WordPress developers.
Updated every day by popular WordPress blogger Jeff Chandler, WP Tavern has been the most consistent source of WordPress news since 2009 (for some reason their website logo says 2007).
It was purchased by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg in 2011, though this was not revealed until 2013. When the announcement was made, I voiced my opinion that the owners of WordPress should never own the most popular news blog as it is important for it to remain impartial website that is willing to be critical when necessary. I still believe that strongly, however there is no denying that they have done a fantastic job of updating WP Tavern. The blog is sometimes updated twice a day by Jeff and WordPress blogger Sarah Gooding.
WP Tavern is also home to the fantastic WordPress podcast WordPress Weekly. It goes live every Friday afternoon at 3 PM EST and features discussions with important WordPress developers and marketers. I recommend checking it out.
Launched at the start of 2013 by WordPress enthusiast Brian Krogsgard, Post Status is a great news blog that is updated several times per week. To me, Post Status has a less newsy feel about it as they focus more on interviews and behind the scenes developments.
Post Status also publish articles on security issues and frequently write editorial pieces such as “Who is buying commercial WordPress themes?“. It’s a great news blog and I recommend subscribing.
Not to be confused with the ManageWP service or blog, ManageWP.org is a community driven WordPress website where users submit WordPress news. Users also submit great tutorials, theme lists, plugin reviews, views, and more. It is one of the best places to read about WordPress news as if something important happens, users are bound to share the article on ManageWP.org.
WPMUDev publish a roundup on their website every day that they call “The WhiP” (Yes – the P is supposed to be big!). The roundups link to dozens of WordPress related news articles and resources. If you want to stay up to date with the latest WordPress news every day, I recommend subscribing to the WhiP newsletter. It is the quickest and most efficient way of catching up with WordPress news.
The WordPress magazine Index WP has a news category that is updated a few times every week. Their news seems to focus more on WordPress related competitions and news of new products and themes from theme and plugin stores. I find their current three column website design overwhelming as it squashes all of the content to the left hand side of the page, however it is worth adding to your RSS reader.
Michelle Oznowicz’s Torque magazine was launched shortly after the demise of former WordPress news blog WPDaily. Thankfully, Torque purchased WPDaily, therefore the archives can be viewed on Torque. They continue to publish news on their website every week.
When something big happens in the world of WordPress, people tweet about it. That is why Twitter is such a useful place to find out about WordPress related news and events.
Be sure to use an exact keyword when searching for something WordPress related. Searching for “WordPress” will provide thousands of results, however it will include anything WordPress related, including anyone who published an article on their WordPress.com blog. It is better to search using a specific phrase such as “WordPress Threat”, “WordPress Spam”, or “WordPress News”. That will help filter through more relevant results.
You can also find WordPress news through website development and internet marketing related discussion forums. However, forum members will usually find their WordPress news through one of the resources mentioned above, therefore it is better to go right to the source of the news.
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