20 Must-Read Blogs for Freelance Developers

With all of the other must-read lists here on freelance folder, I don’t think it would be fair to leave out the amazing developers who are regular readers. This post contains 20 must-read blogs for freelance developers, from php to jquery, ruby on rails, css and general web development.

With all of the regular articles and tutorials being posted on these blogs, it’s easy for a beginner developer (or even a designer who’s dabbling with the idea of becoming a developer) to learn a ton of useful information. I personally subscribe to all of these sites and have learned more in the past few months that I think I ever have in my life. They’re definitely worth the RSS subscriptions — trust me, you won’t regret it.

CSS Development Blogs

Below are some great blogs specifically written for those of us who are looking for css tutorials and resources.
CSS Tricks

CSS Vault

CSS Basics

Soh Tanaka


Ruby on Rails Blogs

Below are some great blogs specifically written for those of us who are looking for ruby on rails tutorials and resources.

The Rail World

Nuby on Rails

Ruby on Rails Security Project

Viget Extend

Ruby Inside

Rails Forum (too great a forum to not be on the list)


jQuery Development Blogs

Below are some great blogs specifically written for those of us who are looking for jQuery tutorials and resources.

Learning jQuery

James Padolsey



PHP Development Blogs

Below are some great blogs specifically written for those of us who are looking for php tutorials and resources.

Killer PHP

Chris Shiflett

David Walsh


Web Development Blogs

Below are some great blogs written for those of us who are looking for web tutorials and resources.

Net Tuts

Paper Mashup

Stout Labs

A List Apart


If you have any freelance development blogs you write for or any that you’re subscribed to that you think should be added to this list, feel free to leave a comment and let us know. I’m always on the lookout for a new place to learn from!


  1. says

    Blah, I hate articles which just posts links, can’t you just share your delicious feeds?

    Or maybe at least review the site and let us know why they are “must read”. That would save me time and make your article a relevant resource, not a burden to read.

    What do you expect us to do go to each link then find out they really are not relevant for what we do?

  2. says

    @nickyeoman – I agree that it’s awesome to read why certain resources are thought valuable, in addition to just providing links. And there are lots of text-driven posts in this blog with that kind of narrative. On the other hand, there’s a completely different alternative: readers (particularly newbies) having to start from scratch and research potentially useful resources “from the ground up.” For my money, a list like this beats stabbing in the dark, many, many days!

    @freelancefolder Thanks for the list – I see more than one unfamiliar site, which I look forward to checking out.

  3. says

    Thanks this looks like a great list. I already read a few on here, but it’s always good to expand that. Thank goodness for Google Reader!

  4. says

    Wow, I’m honored to be included with some of these other folk… thanks, Mike! (Btw, the next version of my site will be launching very soon – and I plan on posting more frequently once that’s done.)

  5. says

    Well I guess thats a nice selection of blogs, if you are a php or ruby developer, wheres the links for .net coders!?

    Im a freelance .net web developer and you seem to have completely overlooked us. MS software is now practically free, especially to freelancers with the BizSpark program, why are we still considered inferior!?

  6. Julian says

    Great list. The Ruby on Rails links really helped, particularly Rails Forum. I’ve been looking for a great rails hang out to post my questions (and helped someone out hopefully)

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