The Ultimate Roundup of WordPress Tutorials, Themes and Guides


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 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 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:

  • – 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.
  • – 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.

  • Developing a WordPress Theme.
  • Dissection of a WordPress Theme – Part 1Part 2 Part 3 Part 4.
  • How to Create a WordPress Template or Theme.
  • How to Write Your Own WordPress Theme – A complete tutorial for WP theme development.

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 :

  • 9 WordPress Hacks to Encourage User Interactivity – A great collection of hacks for getting your visitors to interact more, including showing the most recent comments and reversing the order of your comments so the newest ones show up first.
  • 9 Useful Snippets for Your WordPress Functions – A collection of handy snippets you can add to your functions.php file to add functionality to your blog.
  • 5 Great WordPress Hacks – A small roundup of hacks, including sending pages to Twitter and listing all of the authors on your blog.
  • 13 Vital Tips and Hacks to Protect Your WordPress Admin Area – A compilation of security hacks for WP admin.
  • 10 Tips to Improve Your WordPress Theme – A great rundown of theme customizations that make your site more user-friendly.
  • 10 Most Wanted Category Hacks and Plugins for WordPress – A great rundown of category hacks, including displaying the most recent posts within a specific category and excluding certain categories from being displayed in a loop.
  • 10 Awesome .htaccess Hacks for WordPress – A great collection of .htaccess hacks, including removing/category/ from your WP URLs and how to redirect visitors to a maintenance page.
  • 10 Killer WordPress Hacks – A roundup of great hacks from Smashing Magazine, including displaying AdSense ads only to search engine visitors and replacing the “next” and “previous” page links with pagination.

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 :

  • 50+ Cheat Sheets for Building WordPress Themes and Plugins – A huge roundup of cheat sheets and references for theme and plugin developers.
  • 13 Helpful Cheat Sheets for Building WordPress Themes – A great roundup of cheat sheets helpful to WP theme designers.
  • 63 Essential WordPress Hacks, Tutorials, Help Files and Cheats – A great roundup of WP resources.
  • The Advanced WordPress Help Sheet – A PDF WP cheat sheet.


  1. 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!

  2. Genie

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

  3. Brandon

    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.

  4. Harmony Eclarinal

    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!

  5. Carol

    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!

  6. Gopal Bhattacharjee

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

  7. Cortex Cerebri

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

  8. Michael

    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.

  9. JC Johnston

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

  10. McConnell Group

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

  11. Cosmin Negoita

    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!

  12. Francis

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

    Amazing, thanks so much!

  13. Blogger Den

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

  14. Zlatan Halilovic

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

  15. Sara

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

  16. Ben

    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.

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

    Thanks so much!

  18. 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.

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