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WordPress is become very popular over the past couple years and today it powers more then 20% of sites on the Internet; no other content management system comes close to its widespread usage. It’s so …

WordPress is become very popular over the past couple years and today it powers more then 20% of sites on the Internet; no other content management system comes close to its widespread usage. It’s so robust that you can easily create just any type of website without spending much money.

There are still a lot of people who don’t much about WordPress. So I thought, it might a good idea to assemble my favorite WordPress resources into a WordPress Handbook list that has everything all in one place for folks who are new in the WordPress land.

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  • 1. Shameem Reza ExNet Group
  • 2. There are still a lot of people who don’t much about WordPress. So I thought, it might a good idea to assemble my favorite WordPress resources into a WordPress Handbook list that has everything all in one place for folks who are new in the WordPress land.
  • 3. The land of WordPress is filled with a ton of WordPress blogs and constantly growing that it’s hard to stay on top of it. The following blogs are filled with a good amount of useful tutorials & resources that will help you to stay up-to-date with WordPress.
  • 4. WP BEGINNER Syed Balkhi runs the most popular unofficial tutorials blog for WordPress, where he provides tutorials, free videos and deals. Apart from running the beginner blog, Syed also speaks at various WordCamps. WP DAILY A great resource site to keep your mind updated with daily WordPress news. Run by the same guys who created 8bit and Standard theme.
  • 5. WPTUTS+ Owned by Envato Inc. and managed by WordPress evangelist Japh Thompson. This is a great resource and filled with a ton of detailed WordPress tutorials that you can’t afford to miss. WP SMASHING MAGAZINE The blog doesn’t get update often but when it does the blog is filled with a great mix of tutorials & themes.
  • 6. WPMU CODEPOET James Farmer run this popular multi-authors blog filled with advice on themes and plugins. An Automatic Contraption! Code Poet is a great resource for anyone building sites with WordPress.
  • 7. TOM MCFARLIN WP HUB This is a blog where Tom shares tutorials, tips & other useful resources. The blog recently come to light when Michael acquired WP Mods & merged it with already established WordPress resource, WP Hub.
  • 8. DIGWP The blog runs by two awesome guys – Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr. They have some excellent tutorials on improving your WordPress blog. WP MAYOR Another great WordPress blog with a lot of amazing content by Jean Gelena.
  • 9. WP LIFT WP Lift is brainchild of Oliver Dale. The blog includes tutorials, theme roundups, plugin guides and general news. With the recent redesign, the site looks like a useful resource. WP EXPLORER One of the oldest WordPress blog with tons of freebies – themes, plugins & other useful stuff. The blog is owned and managed by AJ Clarke.
  • 10. YOAST WPSNIPP A collection of lot of useful snippets to help beginner & advance WordPress users. Joost de Valk has a number of fantastic plugins & tutorials available on his blog.
  • 11. JUSTIN TADLOCK Justin has some great and detailed tutorials on WordPress. BLONDISH.NET is run by Nile Flores, where she shares her knowledge on various topics such as plugin development, general tutorials, tips and blogging.
  • 12. WPENGINE BLOG WPEngine runs an informative blog, where Austin Gunter shares his knowledge on optimizing websites and general opinions on WordPress. JUPITER JIMS MARKETING Jim’s blog will help anyone who wants to build and market a WordPress site plus he has a ton of awesome tutorials on WordPress and the Thesis theme.
  • 13. DO IT WITH WP Dave has some interesting WordPress tutorials and snippets for beginner & advance users. BOBWP “Learn WordPress online with bobwp”… A fantastic blog full of WordPress tutorials, tips and videos.
  • 14. MANAGEWP BLOG Tips and how-to posts on effectively running and managing your WordPress blog. PAULUND Paul has a great collection of useful code snippets and WordPress tutorials.
  • 15. CHRIS LEMA Chris Lema writes a ton of useful stuff about WordPress. CRUNCHIFY The WordPress section of crunchify is filled with a ton of useful tutorials.
  • 16. Useful Information to help you learn more about WordPress.
  • 17. WORDPRESS CODEX The online manual for WordPress and a living repository for WordPress information and documentation. MAKE.WORDPRESS This site is the home for official resources to help people develop for WordPress.
  • 18. WP 101 The most affordable and fastest way to learn how to use WordPress! EASYWPGUIDE An online & free downloadable manual for the how to do things with WordPress.
  • 19. ITHEMES TUTORIALS iThemes has an amazing collection of useful WordPress tutorials. THE 100 WORDPRESS RELATED BLOGS A collection of 100 WordPress related blogs you need in your life.
  • 20. These following WordPress books will give you detailed information on WordPress fundamentals and learn from the experts.
  • 21. PRO WORDPRESS DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT The book is packed with realworld examples for load balancing and multiusers, this esteemed resource replaces some of the more basic material with more advanced content. PRO WORDPRESS PLUGIN DEVELOPMENT This comprehensive & professional development book shows you how plugins work, reviews the tools and APIs available in WordPress, and demonstrates how to extend the functionality of WordPress with plugins.
  • 22. WORDPRESS FOR DUMMIES This guide is written by Lisa Sabin-wilson and covers all the features and improvements in the most up-to-date version of WordPress. WORDPRESS ALL IN ONE FOR DUMMIES Eight mini-books provide you with expanded coverage of the most important topics to the WordPress community, such as WordPress basics, theme designs, plug-in development, social media integration, SEO, customization, and running multiple sites.
  • 23. Listening to some of the fantastic and finest WordPress Podcasts will not only give you the latest information and news, but will also help you in improve your site.
  • 24. YOUR WEBSITE ENGINEER Dustin’s podcast is home to several WordPress tips and tutorials and he has more than 117 podcasts in his collection. DRADCAST A couple of prior military geeks, a few adult beverages, and all things WordPress discussed. Although not limited to WordPress alone, the DradCast is a weekly video podcast that primarily concentrates on the latest news around WordPress. Started by two successful entrepreneurs – Brad Williams & Dre Armeda.
  • 25. PLEASEADVISE.FM An occasional WordPress podcast by Mike McAlister, Jake Caputo and Chris Molitor. HELLO DOLLY Hello Dolly podcast started by the same guys who created some awesome products such as 8Bit, WPDaily StandardTheme, Team Science and soon to be launched Hello Dolly is one of the finest WordPress podcast available today.
  • 26. There are a ton of WordPress theme shops, which makes it really hard to choose a quality theme.
  • 27. STUDIOPRESS Most of their themes are built on the fantastic theme framework. They have a great collection of free & premium WordPress themes. THE WP CHICK Kim Doyal has a lot of tutorials that span most areas newbies might need help with, from installing WordPress to using Genesis theme.
  • 28. WP SMITH WM WEB DESIGN WPSmith features numerous quality content / tutorials that focus on Genesis. Genesis child theme reviews & useful resources.
  • 29. GENESISAWESOME Free Genesis child themes. DIYTHEMES Another great theme framework that I previously used to build sites on. Thesis is still a great theme framework and has ton of resources available. Useful resources for thesis – ThesisTut, Kolakube, ThesisAwesome and Themedy.
  • 30. ELEGANT THEMES If you’ve have been following me for a while now, than you know how much I love Elegant Themes. They have some of the best designs & well coded WordPress themes. For just $39.95 you get access to more then 77 application, magazine, ecommerce themes. THEMEFOREST isn’t the place where I usually go for themes but they do have some great quality themes. One of my favorite theme is Lightly.
  • 31. THEMESKINGDOM WOOTHEMES A premium theme shop where you can find awesome themes that are simple to use and customizable to fit your needs. They follows a somewhat similar model to Elegant Themes. What started with 3 people team has now become a international team of designers, developers and support ninjas catering for a passionate community of hundreds of thousands of users.
  • 32. STANDARD THEME CREATIVEMARKET As the name suggests, it really is one of the most standard WordPress theme. The theme is also available for! A fantastic premium theme marketplace with 100% GPL license.
  • 33. Following are the essential plugins that every WordPress blog needs to have. These plugins will not only going to help you improve your WordPress website, but also help you in getting more engagement and traffic.
  • 34. WORDPRESS SEO BY YOAST This is a must have plugin for WordPress websites. Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using this great plugin. AKISMET GASP The best anti-spam plugin that helps to fight a ton of spam comments. A lot of people in the comments recommended “GASP” to be the best anti spam plugin for WordPress. I think there are few reasons why Aksimet isn’t a great plugin because it catches a lot of spam comments and if you’re running a non-personal or business blog than you have to pay $5 / month.
  • 35. BACKUP BUDDY CONTACT FORM 7 Want to wake one day seeing all your creative and hard work is gone? If your answer is no, then I have a great solution for you – Backup Buddy plugin, a powerful backup plugin for WordPress. It’s the same one that I uses for all my sites and recommend to everyone. This is a great plugin for setting up a contact form without any efforts. It takes less then a minute to set up everything. If you’re looking for more then a contact form, than I would advice you to go with Gravity Forms. [Although I use my own plugin for this purpose]
  • 36. SHAREBAR Add floating social media buttons to your WordPress site. It doesn’t much options unlike Digg Digg. Sharebar would only add the floating social media buttons. NRELATE RELATED CONTENT A plugin to showcase related posts at the bottom of every blog post. One of the best WordPress plugin in its class.
  • 37. W3 TOTAL CACHE This plugin does a very good job of improving the speed of your WordPress site. PRETTY LINK LITE I have tried a lot of premium affiliate management plugins including Ninja Affiliate, Pretty Link & Thirsty Affiliates and there is no better plugin than Pretty link lite as it doesn’t cost anything. If you have money then I would suggest you to either go with Ninja Affiliate or Thirsty Affiliates.
  • 38. FB COMMENT AND SHARE FOR WOOCOMMERCE It integrated with social share, so you and your customer can share your woocommerce product to your/their facebook timeline easy. So lets share/and be reviewed product through face book and other social media. WOOCOMMERCE EXCELLING ECOMMERCE WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. Beautifully.
  • 39. The following managed web hosts specialize in WordPress development and provide extensive support & are exclusive only to WordPress-powered sites.
  • 40. WEBSYNTHESIS Owned by the CopyBlogger Media, the same guys who created Genesis Theme. The price starts at $27 / month. PAGE.LY is a well known managed WordPress hosting provider and pricing starts at $24 / month.
  • 41. WORDPRESS VIP HOSTGHOR The VIP hosting is used by big companies and pricing starts at $3,750 /month. The Hassle free Managed web hosting for WordPress sites, the price starts at $10 month and scales up to $249 for much larger blogs.
  • 42. The following tools and services will help you manage, monitor and improve your WordPress site or blog effectively with out spending much money.
  • 43. MANAGEWP SUCURI Manage multiple WordPress sites from a single dashboard and save a lot of your time. A great service with fantastic support. Premium security service that helps you keep your WordPress site secure from malwares & virus.
  • 44. VAULTPRESS n online protection & backup service by automatic. Their plans start at $15 / month. MAXCDN CDN service that gives you the most powerful control panel at a very affordable price.
  • 45. POSTSTAT.US Post Status is a place to get the most interesting content available in the community in a very short amount of time. Created by Brian Krogsgard. WPMAIL.ME free WordPress Newsletter, once a week, with a roundup of WordPress news and articles.
  • 46. Please let me know.
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