In 2020, more than 35% of all websites are powered by WordPress (source). What began as a blogging platform has become the world’s most popular CMS for business websites and e-commerce websites (WooCommerce accounts for nearly 28% of all e-commerce) in addition to blogs.
One of the reasons for WordPress’ monumental rise is the community of WordPress users and developers. There are countless themes, plugins, and customized services that benefit WordPress users. In addition to those resources, the vast WordPress community also makes it easy to find information and tutorials or to hire a professional developer.
Regardless of whether you’re a designer, developer, or end-user, the WordPress community has plenty to offer. This article features 15 websites that are excellent go-to sources within the WordPress community.
The official website of WordPress is more than just a place to download the latest version of the world’s most popular content management system. WordPress.org is home to a directory of themes and plugins that you can download, as well as a showcase that provides inspiration and gives you some ideas about what’s possible with WordPress.
One of the most significant aspects of WordPress.org is the support forum. Since WordPress is free to use, there is no official support that you can rely on. However, the support forum is actively monitored and you can get help for just about any issue from others within the community (or you can provide help to others).
ListWP is an incredibly useful directory site that features listings in a wide variety of categories like hosting, design studios, developers, SEO service providers, consultants, legal, and more. If you’re looking for any type of WordPress-related resource, this is a great place to go.
If you’re a service provider or you run some type of business related to WordPress, you can get your business listed for a one-time fee of $99.
Post Status provides news and insight for WordPress professionals. If you’re a designer or developer that works with WordPress, Post Status is an excellent resource. The site includes a blog, podcast, and email newsletter that all provide excellent updates and insight.
Post Status also offers a Membership Club ($99 per year) which gives you access to things like members-only content, a directory listing and profile, access to a private Slack group, exclusive deals, and more.
WPBeginner is an incredibly popular blog with all kinds of tutorials and articles for WordPress users. In addition to written content, WPBeginner also offers some free training videos (you’ll need to create an account and login to access the video content).
The content published at WPBeginner is well-written and can help you with all aspects of running a WordPress-powered website. Aside from the tutorials, you’ll find reviews and product/service comparison articles on things like email marketing, hosting, and more.
CodeinWP presents itself as “a hub for WordPress freelancers, bloggers & creators.” You’ll find articles on blogging, design, business/freelancing, and more. You’ll also find a lot of tutorials for using WordPress, developing with WordPress, and managing the business side of things.
WPLift is a popular blog that publishes content for WordPress users and developers. They publish regular weekly WordPress news, which is an easy way to stay up-to-date with everything that’s going on. You’ll also find reviews, tutorials, and articles filled with helpful resources.
In addition to the blog content, WPLift also has a theme directory and plugin directory that can be a great place to find resources for your own site or for a client site. The directories allow you to sort by category or browse all.
WP Superstars publishes tutorials, reviews, resources, and tips to help you get the most out of WordPress. In addition to just WordPress-focused content, WP Superstars also publishes articles and tutorials that can help you to start and grow a successful blog.
The categories for plugins and themes will lead you to a lot of blog content and roundups that feature plugins and themes for different purposes.
WPeka is home to a blog that features tutorials and tips mostly related to WordPress, but you’ll also find some more general content on design and marketing. The reviews category is home to many thorough and detailed reviews of products and services that may be useful to you.
The interviews category was a really interesting and insightful part of the site. Unfortunately, all of the interviews are old and they stopped publishing new ones.
WPKube offers a wealth of knowledge in its archives. You’ll find articles, tutorials, tips, reviews, and resource lists that can help you with just about anything related to WordPress. They have plenty of posts that are collections of the best themes or plugins for different purposes or types of sites.
If you’re new to WordPress, be sure to check out their “beginner’s guide” category, which has a lot of content that will give you a solid foundation of knowledge. They also have detailed reviews of the best WordPress hosts.
WPExplorer offers some of their own free and premium themes, but the site is much more than just a shop. The blog publishes roundups of themes and plugins (not just their own products), as well as tutorials, tips, reviews, and more.
In addition to the WordPress-focused content, WPExplorer also publishes some content on search engine optimization. The “Coupons” page also has a number of offers on products and services that might interest you.
WinningWP is an active blog that publishes a lot of content for WordPress users and developers. You’ll find beginner-level tutorials in the “Guides” section, more advanced tutorials, reviews, product comparisons, and more.
Like most WordPress-oriented blogs, WinningWP has plenty of content focused on various themes, plugins, and hosting options for WordPress users. They’ve also lined up an impressive number of deals and discounts that you can get from their “Deals” page.
WPMU DEV is different than any of the other sites covered in this article. They offer a huge collection of plugins that are available to customers through a membership program. Membership costs $49 per month and includes hosting, access to their exclusive plugins, a site management tool for managing multiple sites (can be hosted anywhere) and more. If you design or develop WordPress-powered websites for clients, this is a membership program that may benefit you in significant ways.
Aside from the membership aspect, WPMU DEV is also a great resource because of its blog. On the blog, you’ll find plenty of articles, tutorials, and tips that can help you to manage your own site or develop sites for clients.
IsItWP is another unique site that isn’t like the others. You can enter the URL of a website and it will analyze the site to tell you if it is built on WordPress.
But IsItWP is much more than that. You’ll also find plenty of helpful guides that are very detailed, a huge selection of hosting reviews to help you find the best host, and a collection of free tools like the website speed test.
Of course, the site also includes a blog with plenty of WordPress-focused articles and tutorials published on a regular basis.
WP Mayor is a WordPress blog that publishes a lot of reviews of plugins, themes, and services relevant to WordPress users. You’ll also find tutorials, tips, and roundup posts.
WP Mayor also has a “Coupons” page with some deals and special offers on things like themes, plugins, hosting, and more.
WP101 has a great collection of video tutorials that teach all aspects of WordPress. These videos are aimed at beginners and end-users, rather than developers. The videos are short (5 minutes or less) so you can move through topics quickly whenever you have a few minutes.
Access to WP101 will cost $19 per month or $49 per year. You also have the option of purchasing a lifetime membership for $99. There are currently 250 videos and 11 courses available to members, plus access to a members-only forum.