As much as we love to stay updated on what's hot in the WordPress world, newsletters can be tricky. By signing up for a newsletter, you risk being spammed with commercial content or simply having your inbox cluttered with the information you don't need. Sometimes, there is a way to check what you sign up for by reading the previous issues online, but in most cases there is no way to know what you get until you press subscribe.
So how do you know which WordPress newsletters are worth subscribing to? To answer this question, we've subscribed to almost all WordPress newsletters that we could find and got our inboxes full of them for a few weeks so that you don't have to do the same. (Unless you want to!) We've carefully reviewed them and put together the ultimate list of top six best WordPress newsletters, all extremely helpful and free of charge.
1. MASTER WP
Why we like it: it's consistent, insightful, succinct and includes the insights and comments from the curators. You can also sometimes get freebies and coupons.
What to expect: WordPress news, Technology, SEO, Marketing and Lifestyle. This witty post about growth hacking is a good example of the newsletter's content.
MasterWP Weekly is brought to you by a marketing ninja Alex Denning and Ben Gillbanks of Pro Theme Design. The MasterWP newsletter is delivered every Wednesday and includes 5 best WordPress and marketing reads over the past week. Ben and Alex don't only give you a few links to articles you could actually find yourself or get from feedly, they provide their comments and review each of the articles they share, and this is what makes the MasterWP newsletter stand out. One of our absolute favourites!
Why we like it: it has a great structure, divided into sections, includes relevant links with high-quality content, it has a clear and minimalist design.
What to expect: WordPress hot news and articles, plugin news, theme releases, theme news, tutorials, podcasts and videos. Here is an example of the articles they feature: Rethinking What I Know About Medium, as a WordPress Developer.
WpMail.me is a free weekly newsletter with a round-up of WordPress news and articles. It is curated by Cristian Antohe and Bianca Petroiu of Cozmoslabs. Among the positive testimonials you can find Syed Balkhi of WPBeginner and a popular WP blogger Tom McFarlin. The newsletter is quite long but saves you a lot of time in the long run and ensures that you don't miss the most important news in the WP community. WpMail.me definitely goes to our must-subscribe list.
Why we like it: the curators are changing from issue to issue; there are short comments from the curator for each link; it's well-designed.
What to expect: news from the WP community, tools (themes and plugins), business tips, how-to guides and self care advice. Here is a kind of post you will find featured in the newsletter: The 5 Types Of Clients To Dump So You Can Strengthen Your Business.
The WP Wednesday newsletter is a weekly dose of WordPress inspiration curated by the members of WP Elevation community. In every newsletter you get 10-15 links from trusted WP blogs and websites about WordPress goodies. Every link is followed by a short preview of the content, which helps you decide if you want to read further. In short, this newsletter is well-organized, clear and easy to read, 10 out of 10!
4. WP BEGINNER
Why we like it: it includes personal touch of Syed Balkhi and his comments; great information; exclusive deals and coupons for subscribers.
What to expect: blogging tips, WordPress deals, tools and tutorials and more. Here is an example of an article they featured in their last issue: How to Show Weather Forecast in WordPress.
The WP Beginner is a must-follow blog founded by a successful entrepreneur Syed Balkhi. It started off in 2009 as a resource for learning WordPress for not that tech-savvy folks and continues the tradition ever since. Their newsletter contains mostly the links to their own content, which doesn't make it less valuable at all. In some newsletters, Syed Balkhi also shares some tips and best practices from his own experience as an online entrepreneur. You can choose if you would like to receive daily or weekly updates and also indicate your preferences in terms of content.
5. WP Lift
Why we like it: it provides a short description for each link; it's well-structured into sections; covers all of the most important WordPress news over the past week.
What to expect: newest blog posts from WP Lift, other WordPress news and articles, WP tutorials and WordPress Resources. Here is one of the posts they features in their last issue: The WordPress product market is completely different now.
If you follow the WP Lift blog on daily basis, most of the posts you receive via newsletter will be already familiar to you. However, they also include some useful links to the posts from other blogs. Each newsletter is preceded by a short intro by Daan Tol, the owner of WP Lift and an online entrepreneur from Netherlands.
6. THE WP DAILY
Why we like it: it has no advertising; delivered daily, so you can receive the WordPress news without any delay.
What to expect: 15-20 links with WordPress tips, news, tutorials and podcasts. Here is one of the links they shared in the newsletter: How to Host Your Open-Source WordPress Theme on GitHub.
The WP Daily is a content aggregation site website for everything about WordPress. It is a project of Davinder Singh Kainth, the founder of Probeaver and an editor at basicWP. The WP Daily is a great way to stay updated about the WordPress news every day, however, for some people the quantity of links and the frequency can be a bit too much. So if you are looking to achieve the "Inbox Zero" and reduce the information clutter, this newsletter might not be the best choice for you.