Many different WordPress-related web sites exist. This section provides a list of the most popular WordPress-focused sites for news and information regarding anything and everything WordPress related.
The WordPress Tavern is a web site focused on all things WordPress. This includes BuddyPress, bbPress, WordPress.com, and any project under the Automattic umbrella. The Tavern features a very active message board where members discuss the latest news and developments in the WordPress Community. WPTavern.com is also the home of the WordPress Weekly Podcast hosted by Jeff Chandler. You can visit the web site at http: //www.wptavern.com/.
WordPress Vibe is a news web site all about WordPress. The site focuses on two aspects of WordPress: the software and the people who help make WordPress work. WPVibe.com has interviews, plugin reviews, theme reviews, tutorials, and code hacks, all to help you make better use of WordPress. Launched in 2009, it has been one of the newest sites focused on WordPress. You can visit the web site at http://wpvibe.com/.
Weblog Tools Collection (WBTC) is a web site dedicated to blogging, but generally focuses on WordPress-related topics. Home to the popular new Plugin and Theme Weekly release blog posts, WBTC features the latest news and headlines in the WordPress Community. WBTC is also home to the annual WordPress Plugin Competition. You can visit the web site at http://weblogtoolscollection.com/.
WPEngineer features tips and tricks, news, and improvements for WordPress. The site features more in-depth tutorials diving into the Core of WordPress and its functionality. These tutorials are focused on intermediate-level WordPress users and developers. You can visit the web site at http://wpengineer.com/.
Alltop is basically an RSS aggregator for specific topics. The WordPress Alltop page features news and information from the top WordPress-related web sites. It also lists important WordPress Twitter accounts that are worth following for news and information. You can visit the web site at http://wordpress.alltop.com/.
WordPress Planet is an aggregation of blogs writing about WordPress. This includes posts from Core contributors and very active community members. This is the same news feed featured on the Dashboard of every default installation of WordPress under the Other WordPress News dashboard widget. Visit the web site at http: //planet.wordpress. org/.
Planet WordPress is also an RSS aggregator that keeps track of bloggers who contribute to WordPress. This feed differs from WordPress Planet in that it extends the WordPress Planet feed with even more bloggers. These bloggers are mainly plugin developers and Core contributors for WordPress. The news feed is maintained by Ozh Richard, a very respected developer in the WordPress Community. The web site is located at http: //planetwordpress.planetozh.com/.
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