I’m going to make this page an ongoing list of sites I enjoy reading. Of course, they’ll pertain to web design and development, so rest assured, if you like that type of thing, I’ve done a bit of homework for you and you can browse below with confidence.
Many of the owners of the sites I’ve listed here are fairly die-hard computer folk. That’s what I like about them. These aren’t people who get online in passing or have once or twice attempted to make development part of their lives. Like any of the true web types, these people eat, sleep and live everything web. With that said, please enjoy what I’ve managed to locate – some of the best of the best.
I discovered Julie’s website a few days ago and after reading through some of her posts, I decided to add it to this list. Julie is a WordPress developer who has quite the interesting background, as attested to on her “About” page. Currently, Julie is participating in a WordPress course in Omaha and is blogging about her experiences. If you get a chance, check out her site.
Smashing Magazine is probably one of the most popular go-to websites for designers and developers alike. It’s been around since 2006 and covers many areas of development, such as coding, design, mobile, graphics, UX design and WordPress. The folks over at Smashing have also put together many books and ebooks through the years, so if you’re into this realm, put this on your list of must sees.
WordPress Development by Tom McFarlin
If you’re into WordPress development, you most likely have a few blogs and websites that you head over to every so often to see what’s going on in that world. If you haven’t browsed it yet, Tom McFarlin has one such site. Tom’s a professional WordPress developer and offers fairly continuous commentary that covers topics such as tips, resources and living the WordPress lifestyle. Tom’s website truly is a valuable resources – if for nothings else, just to be sure you’re on the same playing field as the pros.
Designs by Nick the Geek
I stumbled across this website after taking Carrie Dils’ Customizing Themes with Genesis for WordPress course on Lynda.com. She mentioned some resources where we could find additional help and tutorials based on the subject. Nick the Geek was one of those resources. After visiting Nick’s site, I read through a few posts and signed up for his mailing list. He’s really got something great going on over there. While Nick does discuss many areas relating to web design and development, it seems that his primary focus is on StudioPress and Genesis. If you’re interested, you can check out his “Genesis Explained” section for yourself. This is a good one.
Learn To Code With Me
This website is owned and operated by Laurence Bradford, a committed life-long student of design and development. I found this site in early 2015 and since then, I’ve continued to read some very high quality posts. Laurence talks about everything from tools to course reviews to the development industry as a whole. I must warn you, what she’s written here is quite long, in-depth and researched well. If you’re looking for something quick and dirty, this site isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for thought out analysis and good information, give this one a once over.
Jesse Petersen of Petersen Media Group
Jesse is one of the teachers I’ve taken courses with over at Team Treehouse. He put together an fantastic presentation on the Genesis Framework by StudioPress, which, by the way, is what I’m running on this website right now. After learning that Jesse was a Preferred Genesis Developer, I took a look through his website and found a treasure trove of information. The site quickly went on my list of favorites and is now part of this page. If you’re interested in Genesis development, take a look at some of Jesse’s writing.
Carrie is another Genesis developer and has some serious knowledge when it comes to that. It didn’t take me long to realize she is an expert in the field. If you look through Carrie’s WordPress blog, you’ll quickly find more than a few posts that are worthy of bookmarking. As a budding WordPress developer, I find the attention to detail and the many code examples quite helpful. That, along with Carrie’s almost two decades of experience, really set her site apart from many others. And FYI, Carrie is also an instructor on Lynda.com. You can view her profile and courses here.
If you know of a great site that fits in with the ones I’ve listed above, please let me know. I sure would like to check it out (and perhaps list it here). I particularly enjoy regularly updated websites with the option to receive new posts via email. Thanks!