As a WordPress developer, I have to subscribe to a lot of RSS feeds to get news about WordPress everyday. It helps a lot to see what do people do or know about new products, services, tools. I’ve been using Feedly for a long time, but I don’t like it for some reasons:
- I can’t share my list (not my items) with my college. As these resources are valuable, I’d like to consider them as a training resource for my team. And Feedly can’t do that. Every time I add a new source, I have to export the XML file and tell my team mates to import again, which is a waste of time.
- Feedly’s mobile app is heavy. I’d like something lightweight and fast!
- It’s Slack app is paid
So I built a website WP Dev News. It collects all the news about WordPress, web development & design, SEO & business and put them in a very lightweight website. You can read it on mobiles (it’s responsive, of course) and enjoy the speed.
Currently, WP Dev News has more than 150 sources, not only about WordPress, but also everything related to web. In the future, I will add more high-quality sources to the list. If you know or have any website related to WordPress or web, please let me know in the comment.
The 2nd thing about WP Dev News is the website is updated every 30 minutes. So we know about the news as soon as possible. The 30 minutes period can be shorten, however, I keep it to reduce the server load. It’s fast enough.
The last thing is WP Dev News is built on Laravel, not WordPress! Laravel is a new thing to me and trying it for this website is a great experience. I’ve been wanting to try Laravel for a long time and this is the chance. The reason I chose Laravel is I want to make something simple, no complicated database (I use SQLite for WP Dev News – it has only 1 table) or authentication. The whole website is like a service, no more. In this case, Laravel or other PHP framework shines over any CMS because they’re simpler, more API and easier to work on.
WP Dev News offers RSS feed, so you can subscribe to get notifications. You just need to subscribe to 1 RSS instead of hundreds! Besides, you can use a tool like IFTTT or Zapier to connect RSS to Slack if you use it.
I’ve made WP Dev News for my team. And I think it might be helpful for other developers as well. Let me know what you think about it in the comments.