The Ultimate Roundup of WordPress Tutorials, Themes and Guides

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WordPress is the most popular blog software in use today. Also developers number is growing so every developer is interested with WordPress development to offer better products for his clients. One of the great things about working with WordPress and developing your own themes is the community and all of the resources that are available. If you’re not sure how to do something or looking to see what solutions other theme designers and developers are using, you can find plenty of information and tutorials to help.

Today, I prepared a good selection of the best resources to learn this wonderful blog and CMS covering every thing from books, tutorials, tricks and tips … Hope you will enjoy this collection !

WordPress Essentials and Basics:

This section includes some official resources for the WordPress community and some general articles that will help you to get more out of your development for WordPress.

  • Installing WordPress – This is an official WordPress.org tutorial showing how to install WordPress. Also if you want to install it locally you can take a look at this Installing WordPress Locally.
  • WordPress Support Forums – If you need anything or you have something going wrong with your WordPress blog you can always ask for information.
  • WordPress Docs – This WordPress.org section contains everything you need about WordPress to get started.

WordPress Theme Roundups, Theme Templates, and Theme Frameworks:

Below you will find a wide variety of theme roundups, theme frameworks for building your own themes, and premium theme sites.

Theme Frameworks:

  • WordPress PSD Framework – A free PSD template that includes all the common elements in a WP design for you to build on.

  • WordPress Theme Generator – An online theme generator that doesn’t require any coding knowledge.
  • Easier Theme Development with Sample WordPress Content – A downloadable bundle of sample WP content that includes posts, tags, categories, and pages to make theme development easier.
  • Blank WordPress Themes Ready for 2.7 Up for Grabs – Offers up a couple of free, empty themes you can download.
  • Blank WordPress Themes – A collection of two and three-column blank themes from Refueled.
  • Thematic – This is one of the most advanced theme frameworks available.

  • Carrington – A free WP CMS theme framework that includes two browser versions and a mobile version.
  • Hybrid – Justin Tadlock’s framework that features 13 page templates, 15+ plugins supported within the framework, advanced breadcrumbs and much more.

Themes And Templates:

Now Let’s move to the best sites where you can find premium and free WordPress designs and templates:

  • WordPress.org – The official theme repository from WordPress, with nearly 1,000 free themes available.
  • Top WP Themes – A directory of free themes, many with a corporate or professional look.
  • Themes2WP.com – A categorized directory with more than a thousand themes.
  • Elegant Themes – Another great premium themes site that allows unlimited access for less than $20.
  • WooThemes – Offers paid themes in a club format, though you can also purchase individual themes.
  • Obox Theme Shop – A premium theme site with some really awesome themes available with single-site licenses or developer licenses.
  • StudioPress – Premium WP theme site that lets you download themes individually or as a package.
  • StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes

  • NattyWP – Another club-based premium themes site.
  • ThemeForest – One of the best sites where you can buy premium WordPress themes.

Theme Development Tutorials:

The tutorials listed here will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating a WordPress theme.

Tutorials and Tips :

There are far too many tutorials and hacks for theme designers and developers to list here, and a number of excellent collections have already been put together by other bloggers. Above you will find some of the best tutorials and other collections.

Tutorials :

Collections :

WordPress Plugins  :

Tricks and Hacks :

WordPress Books :

There is a good number of WordPress books but I recommend the books above :

Digging Into WordPress
A book by Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr. Digging into WordPress is the best book I have seen for WordPress designers and developers. I have the PDF version, but a print version is now available as well.

How to Be a Rockstar WordPress Designer
A great book from Envato written by Collis Ta’eed and Harley Alexander.

WordPress Cheat Sheets :

22 Written Articles

37 Comments Best Comments First
  • Rilwis

    Thursday, May 13th, 2010 23:36

    1

    Wonderful roundup. I’ve found many good themes and tutorials in this list. Thank you very much for sharing.

    0
  • Ryan Turki

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 10:30

    13

    Thanks everyone, I hope you enjoyed this collection !

    0
  • Blogger Den

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 02:18

    12

    Awesome collection of WordPress tuts! Really useful and simple to follow as well, love the post.

    0
  • Francis

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 05:52

    14

    WOW! how many hours/days did this post took to make?

    Amazing, thanks so much!

    0
  • Clipping Path

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 12:08

    15

    Nice job! thanks for sharing…I always love to read your blog post!

    0
  • Kroro

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 16:52

    18

    So a big collection – very, very useful – thanks a lot for this post! Really great!

    0
  • blogwebdesigner

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 10:17

    17

    really outstanding collection..amazing list..keep it up!

    0
  • Cosmin Negoita

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 09:06

    16

    I’ve seen a lot of these tutorial already, but there are even more to see! Thanks Ryan, I’ve bookmarked this. People who just jumped in WP development will use this as a river of resources!

    0
  • Zlatan Halilovic

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 08:15

    11

    The award of the most useful article of the day goes to you. Thank you Ryan! :)

    0
  • Sara

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 01:28

    10

    Wow! A lot for a beginner like me to sift through, but still an awesome round-up. Thanks!

    0
  • Arafat Hossain Piyada

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 03:51

    4

    What a complete list! I just missing a retweet button. By the way, I never know about blank theme and free theme work. Thanks for those link. This is what I need for my next creation.

    0
  • Abhishek

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 03:05

    3

    Great list! I love that :)

    0
  • designfollow

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 00:57

    2

    great of great

    thank you very much.

    0
  • wpBlast

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 04:39

    5

    This is amazing post! Incredible roundup of useful information and resources. -going in the bookmarks bar.

    Thanks so much!

    0
  • Hastimal Shah

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 06:05

    6

    Great list for wordpress . No need to go anywhere for searching of wordpress tutorials

    0
  • Cliff

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 06:40

    9

    Overwhelmingly huge collection of great articles. Thanks! Will be very useful for me!

    0
  • najam sidique

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 06:31

    8

    Nice article i can help from this.

    0
  • Ben

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 00:08

    7

    Firstly Ryan, wow!!!

    Incredible list and really well put together, appreciate the amount of effort you must have put in on this, thought I would leave a comment to say thabks as I think people just retweet and leave! (not everyone might I add)

    Have submitted a little mini review on Stumbleupon as well, great work dude seriously.

    0
  • Tomáš Zdvořilý

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 21:20

    19

    Wow, very useful for me. And sure useful for the others. very thx a lot

    0
  • DjaVupixel

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 16:12

    20

    That’s awesome :)

    0
  • feyt talu

    Friday, November 5th, 2010 16:34

    32

    Thanks your great list.

    0
  • Carol

    Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 11:44

    31

    Thank you very much for yet another great article. I am always on the look-out for original WordPress tricks to suggest to my readers.Thank you for making this article. It’sjust what I was looking for. Thanks a lot!

    0
  • Harmony Eclarinal

    Saturday, May 14th, 2011 02:56

    33

    I like the valuable info you produce inside your articles. I’ll save your blog and check again here frequently. I am quite sure I will learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

    0
  • Brandon

    Monday, December 19th, 2011 14:44

    34

    Hey Ryan, WP is the most world spread platform for blogs and sites. Thanks for the beautiful resources for creating a good site with a great design.

    0
  • Andyka

    Sunday, March 25th, 2012 12:51

    37

    Hi, very nice and awesome template collection. Been searching for cool templates over google search and found your coolest template collection website.Thanks for share these lovely templates mate!

    0
  • Genie

    Friday, February 24th, 2012 09:09

    36

    Cool article, very well established points and writing technique. Interesting idea and topic as well.

    0
  • Swamykant

    Saturday, January 14th, 2012 18:13

    35

    Superb Collection. Thanks for share.

    0
  • Neo

    Sunday, June 20th, 2010 18:33

    30

    Amazing List. This is the mini-encyclopedia of WordPress.

    0
  • Gopal Bhattacharjee

    Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 14:46

    29

    awesome list..It’s help me lot to make wordpress powered site…Thanks Ryan…

    0
  • G13 Media

    Saturday, May 15th, 2010 11:36

    23

    Very nice list of WordPress sites.

    0
  • JC Johnston

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 18:07

    22

    Great collection. I bookmarked this for future use. There is so much here to learn from…Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • McConnell Group

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 16:16

    21

    WOW, amazing effort Ryan, I have bookmarked this page just because of the sheer volume of resources

    0
  • satrya

    Saturday, May 15th, 2010 05:40

    24

    Woh, awesome list … I love learn a lot about wordpress, thanks

    0
  • Michael

    Monday, May 17th, 2010 18:48

    25

    I’m always looking for great WordPress resources so I’m definitely bookmarking this list! One that I didn’t see (unless I overlooked it.. which is entirely possible) is the Thesis framework. I’ve really enjoyed working with that one.

    0
  • Sylvia

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 21:12

    28

    this will be interesting to read once WP goes to 3.0

    0
  • Jordan Walker

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 15:34

    27

    Excellent round up, very encompassing.

    0
  • Cortex Cerebri

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 07:59

    26

    WOW, that was really an amazing article.
    Thank you for the resources!

    0
  • Andyka

    Sunday, March 25th, 2012 12:51

    37

    Hi, very nice and awesome template collection. Been searching for cool templates over google search and found your coolest template collection website.Thanks for share these lovely templates mate!

    0
  • Genie

    Friday, February 24th, 2012 09:09

    36

    Cool article, very well established points and writing technique. Interesting idea and topic as well.

    0
  • Swamykant

    Saturday, January 14th, 2012 18:13

    35

    Superb Collection. Thanks for share.

    0
  • Brandon

    Monday, December 19th, 2011 14:44

    34

    Hey Ryan, WP is the most world spread platform for blogs and sites. Thanks for the beautiful resources for creating a good site with a great design.

    0
  • Harmony Eclarinal

    Saturday, May 14th, 2011 02:56

    33

    I like the valuable info you produce inside your articles. I’ll save your blog and check again here frequently. I am quite sure I will learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

    0
  • feyt talu

    Friday, November 5th, 2010 16:34

    32

    Thanks your great list.

    0
  • Carol

    Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 11:44

    31

    Thank you very much for yet another great article. I am always on the look-out for original WordPress tricks to suggest to my readers.Thank you for making this article. It’sjust what I was looking for. Thanks a lot!

    0
  • Neo

    Sunday, June 20th, 2010 18:33

    30

    Amazing List. This is the mini-encyclopedia of WordPress.

    0
  • Gopal Bhattacharjee

    Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 14:46

    29

    awesome list..It’s help me lot to make wordpress powered site…Thanks Ryan…

    0
  • Sylvia

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 21:12

    28

    this will be interesting to read once WP goes to 3.0

    0
  • Jordan Walker

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 15:34

    27

    Excellent round up, very encompassing.

    0
  • Cortex Cerebri

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 07:59

    26

    WOW, that was really an amazing article.
    Thank you for the resources!

    0
  • Michael

    Monday, May 17th, 2010 18:48

    25

    I’m always looking for great WordPress resources so I’m definitely bookmarking this list! One that I didn’t see (unless I overlooked it.. which is entirely possible) is the Thesis framework. I’ve really enjoyed working with that one.

    0
  • satrya

    Saturday, May 15th, 2010 05:40

    24

    Woh, awesome list … I love learn a lot about wordpress, thanks

    0
  • G13 Media

    Saturday, May 15th, 2010 11:36

    23

    Very nice list of WordPress sites.

    0
  • JC Johnston

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 18:07

    22

    Great collection. I bookmarked this for future use. There is so much here to learn from…Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • McConnell Group

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 16:16

    21

    WOW, amazing effort Ryan, I have bookmarked this page just because of the sheer volume of resources

    0
  • DjaVupixel

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 16:12

    20

    That’s awesome :)

    0
  • Tomáš Zdvořilý

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 21:20

    19

    Wow, very useful for me. And sure useful for the others. very thx a lot

    0
  • Kroro

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 16:52

    18

    So a big collection – very, very useful – thanks a lot for this post! Really great!

    0
  • blogwebdesigner

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 10:17

    17

    really outstanding collection..amazing list..keep it up!

    0
  • Cosmin Negoita

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 09:06

    16

    I’ve seen a lot of these tutorial already, but there are even more to see! Thanks Ryan, I’ve bookmarked this. People who just jumped in WP development will use this as a river of resources!

    0
  • Clipping Path

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 12:08

    15

    Nice job! thanks for sharing…I always love to read your blog post!

    0
  • Francis

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 05:52

    14

    WOW! how many hours/days did this post took to make?

    Amazing, thanks so much!

    0
  • Ryan Turki

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 10:30

    13

    Thanks everyone, I hope you enjoyed this collection !

    0
  • Blogger Den

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 02:18

    12

    Awesome collection of WordPress tuts! Really useful and simple to follow as well, love the post.

    0
  • Zlatan Halilovic

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 08:15

    11

    The award of the most useful article of the day goes to you. Thank you Ryan! :)

    0
  • Sara

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 01:28

    10

    Wow! A lot for a beginner like me to sift through, but still an awesome round-up. Thanks!

    0
  • Cliff

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 06:40

    9

    Overwhelmingly huge collection of great articles. Thanks! Will be very useful for me!

    0
  • najam sidique

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 06:31

    8

    Nice article i can help from this.

    0
  • Ben

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 00:08

    7

    Firstly Ryan, wow!!!

    Incredible list and really well put together, appreciate the amount of effort you must have put in on this, thought I would leave a comment to say thabks as I think people just retweet and leave! (not everyone might I add)

    Have submitted a little mini review on Stumbleupon as well, great work dude seriously.

    0
  • Hastimal Shah

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 06:05

    6

    Great list for wordpress . No need to go anywhere for searching of wordpress tutorials

    0
  • wpBlast

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 04:39

    5

    This is amazing post! Incredible roundup of useful information and resources. -going in the bookmarks bar.

    Thanks so much!

    0
  • Arafat Hossain Piyada

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 03:51

    4

    What a complete list! I just missing a retweet button. By the way, I never know about blank theme and free theme work. Thanks for those link. This is what I need for my next creation.

    0
  • Abhishek

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 03:05

    3

    Great list! I love that :)

    0
  • designfollow

    Friday, May 14th, 2010 00:57

    2

    great of great

    thank you very much.

    0
  • Rilwis

    Thursday, May 13th, 2010 23:36

    1

    Wonderful roundup. I’ve found many good themes and tutorials in this list. Thank you very much for sharing.

    0

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