If you wish to use WordPress to power your website, you’re lucky. Thousands of people who love and support WordPress have filled the web with tons of resources. I’m going to share my favorites, and segment them by category. I hope they help you. If you have more to add, please do so in the comments.
Resources from WordPress
- Automattic – The company behind WordPress, and started by WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg.
- WordPress.com – The free blogging platform created by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.
- WordPress.org – The free blogging software, available for download and able to be run on a server, and power an entire site.
- WordPress Documentation – The WordPress Codex has all the relevant details, tricks and tips on how to take advantage of WordPress’ full power.
- WordPress Showcase – See sites built by WordPress, and discover what it can really do.
- WordPress Theme Directory – Download free themes for WordPress.
- Commercial Themes – WordPress also has many premium themes for purchase. Download them here.
- Plugins – WordPress can be extended by way of plugins. Browse and download those here.
- Design galleries – from the Vandelay Design Blog.
- 60 unusual WordPress designs – from Noupe.
- 100 free WordPress themes – from Smashing Magazine.
- WordPress development frameworks – can help you get a jump on building a site with WordPress.
- Another guide to WordPress theme frameworks – via a Slideshare presentation.
- How to create a WordPress theme – the ultimate tutorial from Ian Stewart.
- Another WordPress theme tutorial – from WP Shout.
- Use WordPress as a true CMS – by Selene Bowlby.
- More than 100 techniques for using WordPress as a CMS – from Noupe.
- Fifteen essential functions for use with WordPress – from Digging into WordPress.
- Protect your WordPress theme from upgrades the smart way – from Ian Stewart.
- WordPress developer’s toolbox – from Smashing Magazine.
- How to properly code the WordPress loop – from Justin Tadlock.
- WordPress theme hacks – from Web Designer Wall.
- A huge list of WordPress tricks – by Perishable Press.
- Even more WordPress code snippets – from WordPress Hacks.
- WordPress sample content – from WP Candy.
Blogs About WordPress
There’s more here at this nice list of 10 as well.
Photo by Ilya Pavlov.
This is the second part of a two part series on Building Websites with WordPress. The first installment covered the strategy needed when considering WordPress as a content management system or blogging platform for your website.