WPEngine tweeted a blog post titled “25 WordPress Experts to Follow on Twitter“.
A couple of the 25 I agree with & follow. Many of them are completely unknown to me, though with the world of WordPress being so vast (and getting larger every day), I’m not surprised to see so many unknowns on the list.
That said, I would think the list could include some of the Automattic team or some of the known core contributors. (@jaredatch mentions this in a reply on Twitter) Rather than just disagree with the list in question, I thought I’d go through my short list and make one even more focused than the blog article. I’m going to list 10 WordPressers you should follow. These are just 10. There are hundreds of good folks on Twitter with great ideas & knowledge of WordPress who can inspire you to do great things with WordPress. I’d say if you started a Twitter list with these 10 – if you haven’t doubled that in less than 15 minutes after starting to follow them, you’re doing something wrong.
(In no particular order)
- Core developer for WordPress. If you touch any code, you should know who he is.
- I have saved hundreds of hours of coding pain by following Bill and his ideas. His contributions to the WordPress developer community are invaluable.
- Jane doesn’t have her finger on the pulse of both the WordPress product and the community, she’s very much the pulse.
- Keeps the WordPress forums in check, always links to useful & interesting articles, guides, tips, etc. @Ipstenu’s tweets also serve as a reminder to think & check yourself before posting in the support forums.
- Another good source of code fixes & examples.
- Nathan’s the lead developer with Copyblogger Media (Genesis). I use Genesis day-in and day-out for theme development If I didn’t follow Nathan, I’d check my head.
- I remember reading some of Mark’s code fixes wa-ay back in the days of working with WordPress and being impressed. I’m still impressed.
- WordPress’s siblings: BuddyPress and bbPress have improved dramatically in recent years. If you want to keep up with these two, follow @JJJ.
- Devin’s a great WordPress dev who’s been developing the Options Framework & theme.
- Jared’s a developer who’s done some great work with Genesis & bbPress.
- OK, one more I can’t leave out: WPEngine – great hosting provider made up of a team of knowledgeable & dedicated WordPress supporters. I wouldn’t use them if I didn’t like them.