Reliable WordPress Resources For Bloggers

It’s been nearly 2 days since WordPress 2.5 release candidate is launched. Most of the bloggers are not aware what is going on, and how WordPress 2.5 will affect their blogging. I thought it could be useful to create a list of reliable WordPress resources for bloggers:

  1. Download the latest versions of WordPress from WordPress Download
  2. For forums, WordPress documentation, installation, troubleshooting, or addons you should refer to WordPress Support Areas
  3. WordPress Plugin Database is one of the biggest plugins directories.
  4. Okay, you know where to find plugins. However, there are thousands of plugins available. Which ones are necessary ? Here is a list of my favorites:
    • All in One SEO Pack : Provides you some advanced SEO
    • Comment Relish : It is a great serving for this purpose. It increases your readership and RSS subscription rate by simply sending a short ‘thank you’ message to users when they first comment on your blog. This is a good way of welcoming your first time visitors.
    • What Would Seth Godin Do?: This is one of the most innovative plugin i have ever seen. The plugin generates a welcome message based on cookies to your first time visitors. It boosts your RSS subscribers in a few days period!
    • Subscribe to Comments: It allows users to subscribe to comments and gets notified whenever someone replies. Incredible community builder!
    • ShareThis: This plugin puts a button at the end of your posts which makes sharing very easy. It supports email and posting to social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon, Digg etc.
    • Ad Rotator : Rotate any kinds of Ads(Including Adsense). If you are about to make money online with your blog, then it is a must!
  5. Add WordPress Web 2.0 Guide to your favorites
  6. Always keep an eye on WordPress Security Guide
  7. List of Must Have & Highly Recommended WordPress Plugins
  8. Did you know that Your WordPress Blog Can be a Forum?
  9. Are you ready for WordPress version 2.5? To be on the safe side, go and check WordPress Upgrade Preparation Checklist
  10. Did you know How to Use WordPress as a Membership Directory?
  11. Read 10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.5
  12. Learn how to customize your WordPress theme
  13. Do you need some free WordPress themes ? 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes
  14. Bored of your current WordPress theme ? Take a look at these Free WordPress Themes – Magazine / 3 Column styles
  15. Do you know how to enhance your WordPress Image System ?
  16. Post your threads toWordPress Tips & Resources in case you need assistance.
  17. Are you looking for a reliable and effective WordPress plugin which is flexible enough to play various files? Then you better check this one : WordPress Plugin: Viper’s Video Quicktag
  18. Do you know how to optimize your WordPress blog? Read this one: Optimizing Performance for WordPress
  19. Adsense maniacs, this one is for you Some Useful WordPress Plugins for Google Adsense
  20. Have a look at 10 WordPress plugins that turn visitors into repeat visitors
  21. Follow my weekly Tips For Improving Your WordPress Skills series
  22. Read these books and sharpen your WordPress skills:
  23. WordPress For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
    The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging with Moxie
    Building Online Communities With Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress

Anything missing in the list ? I will appreciate if you comment and add your favorite WordPress resources here.


  1. Actually, the version of WordPress that was released isn’t the final version of 2.5, but a release candidate. The final version should be out very soon, once the last few bugs are worked out. The current stable release is 2.3. I am looking forward to the brand new 2.5 with bated breath!

  2. Mert Erkal

    Hi Marc,

    Thank you so much for warning. I made a correction.


  3. It seems WordPress is almost constantly updating :| Will those plugins work with the latest version?

  4. It seems WordPress is almost constantly updating :| Will those plugins work with the latest version?

  5. Thanks for the head-up, Mert. It gonna be very useful to me coz I’m thinking of using WordPress soon. Will you give me a helping hand should I got into any trouble implementing WordPress?

    Before that, which hosting do you recommend to use?

    I’m sorry if my questions bothered your peace of mind.

    I got nothing to offer except greetings and lots of love from Malaysia.

  6. Thanks for this list, yet another article of yours has made it to my bookmarks. I was looking for a plugin like Comment Relish :)


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