The best WordPress resources for first WordPress users

WordPress has become very popular in the last few years and now manages more than 20% of sites on the Internet; no other content management system comes close to its widespread use. It’s so robust that you can easily create any type of website without having to spend a lot of money.

There are still a lot of people who don’t know much about WordPress. So I thought it might be a good idea to gather my favorite WordPress resources into a list of WordPress manuals that has everything in one place for people who are new to the WordPress country.

WordPress Blogs

The land of WordPress is full of a pile of WordPress blogs and is constantly growing, so it’s hard to stay above it. The following blogs are full of a wealth of useful tutorials and resources to help you stay in the picture with WordPress.

  1. WPKube – One of the best and oldest WordPress live sites, although I might be a little biased.
  2. TorqueMag – A great source site to help you update your mind with daily WordPress news. The same guys who founded WPEngine are running.
  3. WP beginner – Syed Balkhi runs the most popular unofficial blog with tutorials for WordPress, where it provides tutorials, free videos and offers. In addition to running a blog for beginners, Syed also talks about various WordCamps.
  4. WPMU – James Farmer runs this popular multi-author blog full of advice on topics and plugins.
  5. Tom Mcfarlin – This is a blog where Tom shares tutorials, tips and other useful resources.
  6. DigWP – The blog is run by two amazing guys – Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr. They have some great tutorials on how to improve your WordPress blog.
  7. WP mayor – Another great WordPress blog with lots of amazing content from Jean Gale.
  8. WP Explorer – One of the oldest WordPress blogs with lots of free posts – themes, add-ons and other useful stuff. The blog is owned and managed by AJ Clarke.
  9. Justin Tadlock – Justin has some great and detailed tutorials on WordPress.
  10. Blondish.net – Blondish.net runs Nile Flores, where she shares her knowledge on various topics such as plugin development, general tutorials, tips and blogging.
  11. BobWP – “Learn WordPress online using bobwp” … A fantastic blog full of tutorials, tips and videos on WordPress.
  12. Paulund – Paul has a great collection of useful code snippets and WordPress tutorials.
  13. Chris Lema – Chris Lema writes a lot of useful things about WordPress.
  14. WP Superstars – Created by Adam Connell. This blog contains some interesting WordPress posts for beginners and intermediate users.
  15. WPLift – Another great and popular source site to help you get the most out of WordPress.
  16. WP Glossy – The latest addition to the list of favorite resources created by Nirmala.

WordPress information

Useful information will help you learn more about WordPress.

  1. WordPress Code – An online guide to WordPress and a live repository for WordPress information and documentation.
  2. Make.WordPress – This site is home to official resources that help people develop for WordPress.
  3. WP 101 – the most affordable and fastest way to learn how to use WordPress!
  4. 100 WordPress-Related Blogs – A collection of 100 WordPress-related blogs you need in your life.
  5. EasyWPGuide – Online and free downloadable manual on how to do things with WordPress.
  6. IThemes tutorials – iThemes has an amazing collection of useful WordPress tutorials. (thanks to Walt for sharing;))

WordPress books

The following WordPress books will give you detailed information about the basics of WordPress and information from experts.

  1. For WordPress design and development – The book contains real-world examples for load balancing and multi-user, the book replaces some basic materials with more advanced content.
  2. WordPress Pro plugin development – This comprehensive and professional development book will show you how plugins work, review the tools and APIs available in WordPress, and show you how to extend WordPress functionality with plugins.
  3. WordPress for mannequins – This guide was written by Lisa Sabin-wilson and includes all the features and enhancements in the latest version of WordPress.
  4. WordPress All in one for mannequins – Eight mini-books give you expanded coverage of the most important topics for the WordPress community, such as WordPress basics, theme design, add-on development, social media integration, SEO, customization, and multi-site operation.
  5. Digging into WordPress – The DigWP book is for beginners and intermediate users who want to learn everything and make the most of WordPress. The book is available in PDF and printed versions and is used by dozens of universities and thousands of WP users.

WordPress podcasts

Listening to some of the fantastic and best WordPress podcasts will not only give you the latest information and news, but also help you improve your site.

  1. Hi Dolly – Hello Dolly podcast was founded by the same guys who created amazing products such as 8Bit, WPDaily StandardTheme, Team Science and will soon be launched by Eve.io. Hello Dolly is one of the best WordPress podcasts available today. A few weeks ago, I even had a short interview with one of their co-founders – John Saddington.
  2. PleaseAdvise.Fm – Occasional WordPress podcast by Mike McAlister, Jake Caput and Chris Molitor.
  3. DradCast – A couple of previous military geeks, a couple of adult drinks, and everything WordPress has discussed. Although not limited to WordPress, DradCast is a weekly video podcast that focuses primarily on the latest WordPress news. They founded two successful entrepreneurs – Brad Williams and Dre Armeda.
  4. Your web engineer (suggested by Ileane) – Dustin’s podcast is home to several WordPress tips and tutorials and has more than 117 podcasts in its collection.

Favorite motives

There are many stores with WordPress themes, which makes it difficult to choose a quality theme. Below are the most popular and well-known providers of premium themes:

  1. StudioPress – Most of their themes are based on a fantastic thematic framework – Genesis, the same framework I use here on WP Cuba. They have a great collection of free and premium WordPress themes. Genesis is a framework used by hundreds of thousands of site owners. Here are some great resources for Genesis users:
    • Genesis WordPress Theme Framework by StudioPress
    • 50+ best responsive Genesis children’s themes for WordPress
  2. Elegant Themes – If you’ve been watching me for a while, then you know how much I love ElegantThemes. They have some of the best designs and well coded WordPress themes. Don’t forget to use our ElegantThemes coupon and get a 20% discount on the developer package.
  3. ThemeForest – is not a place where I usually go to themes, but they have some very high quality themes.
  4. FancyThemes – Premium themed store where you will find amazing themes that are easy to use and can be customized to your needs. They also have a good number of free themes that you can try before you buy premium ones.
  5. WooThemes – What started with a team of 3 people, has now become an international team of designers, developers and support ninjas providing a passionate community of hundreds of thousands of users. The company also creates some of the best WooCommerce themes for WordPress.
  6. MeridianThemes – Another great themed store that has a dozen high quality WordPress themes for different sites.

Basic plugins

Below are the basic add-ons that every WordPress blog must have. These add-ons will not only help you improve your WordPress site, but will also help you achieve more engagement and traffic.

  1. WordPress SEO by Yoast – This is an essential plugin for the WordPress website. With this great plugin you can write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress website.
  2. Backup Buddy – Do you want to wake up one day and see that all your creative and hard work is gone? If your answer is no, then I have a great solution for you – the Backup Buddy plugin, a powerful backup plugin for WordPress. It’s the same one I use for all my sites and recommend to everyone.
  3. Simple basic contact form – This is a great plugin for setting up a contact form without any effort. It takes less than a minute to set everything up. If you are looking for more than a contact form than I would advise you with Gravity Forms.
  4. Subscribe to comments – Subscribe to comments allows commenters to send e-mail notifications of subsequent comments on a blog post.
  5. Beaver builder (our reviews) – Allows you to create websites without touching a single line of code. Works with any theme or framework.
  6. W3 Total Cache – This plugin improves the speed of your WordPress site very well.
  7. Pretty link lite – I’ve tried many premium plugins for managing affiliate partners, including Ninja Affiliate, Pretty Link & Thirsty Affiliates, and there’s no better plugin than Pretty link lite because it costs nothing. If you have money, I recommend you go with Ninja Affiliate or Thirsty Affiliates.
  8. SoliloquyWP – Plugin is packed with many incredible features that allow you to add a solid scroll bar to your site.
  9. Prosper leads (our reviews) – The most complete plugin for creating lists for WordPress. It adds a pop-up that appears when users browse your site, and can get you more subscribers if used correctly. The plugin is quite expensive, but if you don’t want to spend money, I would recommend taking a look OptinForms.
  10. Visual composer – Visual Composer is a complete site creation plugin that offers an easy-to-use drag and drop editor for WordPress. Its free version is enough to create a simple website, but the premium one will give you access to Theme Builder.

WordPress hosting

The following managed web hosts specialize in WordPress development and provide extensive support and are exclusive to WordPress sites only.

  1. WP Engine – seamless managed web hosting for WordPress sites, the price starts at $ 29 / month and for much larger blogs it ranges up to $ 249. To learn more about WPEngine, check out our review. If you opt for WPEngine, don’t forget to use our exclusive 20% discount coupon code.
  2. SiteGround – Another great managed hosting for WordPress companies and agencies with a price of $ 5 / month.
  3. InMotion hosting – Shared hosting with super low prices, ideal for beginners or small businesses.
  4. Flywheel – Flywheeh is a well-known WordPress hosting provider, starting at $ 15 / month. This site (freeplugin.com) also runs flywheel hosting. See our review for more information.
  5. Kinsta – A managed WordPress host that uses Google Cloud technology and specializes in high-traffic sites. Plans include features like 12 global data centers, automatic scaling, free website migration, PHP7 access, SSH, free SSL and much more. 24/7 support provided by WordPress experts.
  6. WordPress VIP – VIP hosting is used by large companies and prices start at $ 3,750 per month.

WordPress tools and services

The following tools and services will help you effectively manage, track, and improve your WordPress site or blog without spending a lot of money.

  1. ManageWP – Manage multiple WordPress sites from a single dashboard and save a lot of time. Great service with fantastic support.
  2. Sucuri – a premium security service to help keep your WordPress site secure from malware and viruses.
  3. VaultPress – Online protection and backup service from automattic. Their plans start at $ 15 / month.
  4. MaxCDN – a CDN service that provides you with the most powerful control panel at a very affordable price. Don’t forget to use our coupon code MaxCDN “wpkube25” and get a 25% discount.
  5. PostStat.us – Post Status is a place where you can get the most interesting content available in the community in a very short time.
  6. WPMail.me – Once a week a free WordPress newsletter with a summary of WordPress news and articles.

Do you know another great WordPress resource that I missed? Please let me know in the comments below.

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