I read a lot of email newsletters. So many, in fact, that I’m resigned to the fact I’ll never reach inbox zero, and I’m totally fine with that. Why? Because newsletters are awesome, they really are, and I sign up for new ones all the time. I can’t get enough of them.
What’s not to like about a curated collection of articles about topics you’re passionate about or the latest digest of links from your favorite blog? Or a silly and punny email that puts a smile on your face first thing in the morning? The internet has put more content in front of us than previous generations and email newsletters help filter that information.
There’s just one problem: which email newsletters are actually worth signing up for?
Here are some of the best WordPress, design, development and news newsletters, enjoyed by myself and others on the WPMU DEV team. Enjoy!
Do you use Feedly? I do (because I work on The WhiP, which you’ll find out more about below) and I keep track of dozens of RSS feeds. It’s ridiculous and time consuming (and I love it, luckily!). But if you’ve got better things to do, you know, like actually build stuff with WordPress, there are some fantastic WordPress-specific newsletters out there that do all the hard work for you, collating the most important stuff you need to know so you don’t have to.
Let’s kick off the list with our own newsletter, The WhiP. It’s curated daily and offers a fun and irreverent take on WordPress and the wider tech world. All links are handpicked and unaffiliated, ensuring you read only the stuff that matters. With more than 58,000 subscribers, The WhiP has attracted a solid following over the years and the puns are not to be missed!
Keep on top of all the latest in WordPress with this weekly newsletter containing news and resources put together by the community. wpMail contains news and articles, plugin and theme news, tutorials, and podcasts and videos.
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Notes: WordPress news site Post Status sends out a daily newsletter called Notes and it’s delivered to an exclusive bunch of about 300 members who pay $99 a year for the privilege. While I haven’t read the newsletter myself, there are a bunch of WordPress folks who vouch for its quality. So if you’re looking for premium insider news, check out Notes.
Keeping on top of the latest developments in web development is made all the more easier thanks to websites like Smashing Magazine and Sitepoint. What’s even better? These sites send out newsletters with their best links so you can quickly scan through the latest news and resources.
I’m a big fan of Versioning. It’s a fun and witty daily round-up of what’s happening in the tech world and contains all the best news and resources for keeping developers up-to-date. It’s cool and thorough and perfect if you like your emails with a side of silly.
What started out as a daily newsletter has evolved into a fully fledged “social news site for kind web folk” that contains both handpicked and user submitted links.
I’ll let the folks at Smashing Magazine explain their newsletter: “We love useful stuff, and we love quality writing, that’s why we send out an editorial email newsletter twice a month with useful tips, tricks and resources for designers and developers — thoroughly collected, written and edited by us exclusively for our readers.”
Smashing Magazine has been around forever so you know that they know their stuff. The email focuses on curated links – not their own articles – though you’ll find some of their stuff further down the email.
Web Development Reading List is a straightforward and handpicked list of web development-related resources that is curated and sent out each week. It covers everything developers need to keep on top of news, tools, security, accessibility, code, work and even life.
CSS Weekly is a, well, weekly, round-up of CSS articles, tutorials, experiments and tools curated by front-end developer Zoran Jambor. If you love CSS, then this is the newsletter to help you stay up-to-date on with the latest developments.
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tuts+: tuts+ has been home to the best advanced tutorials for WordPress for years, so signing up to the site’s weekly newsletter is a no-brainer if you want to stay up-to-date on the site’s latest articles. When you subscribe you’ll get a digest of what’s been published during the week and you’ll be the first to know about tuts+ updates and offers.
There are more email newsletters targetted at designers than you can poke a stick at. Seriously, it was hard distilling this list to just a few – I asked our designers here at WPMU DEV to name their favorites and I had to cull their list! Whether you’re a designer on not, some of these emails are worth subscribing to just because they look so damn good.
The Web Designer is a weekly newsletter curated by designers for designers. It offers a pretty handy collection of resources, tools, articles and freebies. It’s also easy to read and scroll through, of course, because it’s been designed for designers.
Sidebar is a firm favorite for many designers. It’s just five of the best design links of the day curated by Sacha Greif, a designer and entrepreneur. The email is short and sweet and delivered to your inbox every day at 9am.
Web Designer News is a fantastic curated collection the best news for designers each day, as voted by designers. While the website features hundreds of links to news, tools and apps, case studies, code demos, videos and more, the daily newsletter provides a round-up of the most popular links designers are reading.
This is a once-a-week newsletter I always look forward to seeing in my inbox (especially when it features WPMU DEV posts!). eWebDesign features all kinds of useful articles and tutorials across three categories: stunning articles, inspiration, and useful stuff (including freebies!). The email is well-laid out and I usually find myself opening a bunch of tabs every time I get it.
The Web Designer Depot newsletter offers a weekly recap of the website’s best news, articles, tools and tutorials – a staple of any designer. It has more than 765,000 subscribers – woah! – so you’d think the team that puts this newsletter together each week must be doing something right.
Here’s one for the UX designers out there. UX Design Weekly features the best user experience design links curated by UX designer Kenny Chen and sent out every Friday. The email is easy to read – it’s just text – so it’s quick to skim over so you can pick the articles you want to spend more time reading.
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HeyDesigner: HeyDesigner is mailed out every Sunday, just in time for weekend reading with a cup of coffee. It contains lots of useful and informative articles sourced from sites we all know and love, like A List Apart and Sitepoint. It also has a user-friendly site with categories so you can search for your favorites links in past issues.
Netted: This daily email “harnesses the collective wisdom of the Webby Awards” to uncover the online tools that make life better, easier, and more productive. If that’s not enough, the email’s idealistic editorial mission is “better living through the internet.” What you really need to know is that every morning you’ll receive a recommendation for a single website, app, or service that the Netted team deems “worthwhile, indispensable, or even lift changing.”
Hacking UI: Hacking UI is an interaction design and front-end development magazine and its weekly email contains the publication team’s favorite articles about design, front-end development, technology, startups, productivity, and the occasional inspirational life lesson.
What design and development newsletters do you read? Have we missed any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.
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