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5 Free & Helpful WordPress Resources

The following is a list of six solid reference sites (aside from the ever-helpful WordPress Codex) that are packed with helpful tidbits for WordPress users, regardless of their level of expertise. What are your go-to WordPress reference sites? Let us know in the comments!


WPTuts is the WordPress-focused component of the larger “Tuts” network of sites, which specializes in a plethora of how-tos and tips for everyone from Adobe Creative Suite users to app developers.  WPTuts is a treasure trove of tutorials, videos and cheat sheets that will keep any WordPress user occupied for hours on end.

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine has a super WordPress blog that is perfect for a user who has an established site, but may lack some technical proficiency. This blog features posts that deal with integrating social media and limiting the visibility of WordPress posts when dealing with sensitive content. Also, Smashing Magazine also has incredible resources for a wide variety of other topics including coding, design and graphics.

WP Candy

WPCandy is a good resource for frequent users of WordPress or for those who want to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to keeping their site new and fresh. WP Candy produces a daily video series that features a new plugin called “The Sweet Plugin of the Day,” among other series and podcasts dealing with WordPress news and themes. WP Candy also features an active forum community that provides lively online community discussion of WordPress topics.


As its name suggests, WPBeginner is a site devoted to the novice WordPress user. The site includes tools like “6 Steps to Setting up Your WordPress Blog” and “Pick the Right Domain Name.” Through basic training videos and non-technical tutorials, this site is a fine tool for the beginning user. WP Beginner also has an active social media presence. With a vibrant Twitter account (over 76,000) and active Facebook and YouTube pages, it’s easy to stay up to date on site activity.


 is another fine all-around tool for the more technical WordPress user. Cleverness offers a good amount of resources on their site, ranging from creating your own plugins to print resources. The site also tends to cater to those users with knowledge of AJAX, JavaScript and other programming languages, with tools for users who program regularly.