At the beginning of August 2022, one of the world’s most popular designer/developer news sites – WebdesignerNews.com – began to experience issues. As of August 10th 2022, the site’s homepage is returning an error, with all other pages returning a 404 error.
I don’t know for sure what is happening, and neither do many others as the site’s ownership has been a mystery for years. If WebdesignerNews comes back up, I will update this statement accordingly. Until then, this article will list some alternative sites.
I’m not going to make any speculation as to what is going on with WebdesignerNews at the moment, but if you visit the homepage – this is the page you’re (currently) greeted with:
And all other pages are straight up 404 Not Found.
Now, a quick Google search returns this page from Awwwards (it was published in 2015), in which an announcement is made for WebdesignerNews, and that announcement says that the project is owned by WebdesignerDepot. Whether or not that is true I don’t know (the project could have been sold at some point for all I know), but I still sent a tweet to them so maybe they will respond.
I have been a WebdesignerNews frequent visitor for years. The site is extremely popular (the equivalent of Hacker News for designers news to a degree), and as such always attracted interesting news and articles. But, it’s not the only site I ever check for designer/developer news. And, given the current situation, I thought it would be wise to share those sites with you also.
I will not be listing DesignerNews.co because the site has grown into a spam-infested cesspit with a lot of vote manipulation. However, if I missed any other significant sites – please tweet to me so that I can update this article accordingly.
#1 – Sidebar
Sidebar is maintained by Sacha Greif – the guy behind State of JS / CSS – and is probably the most well-known resource to get a real-time pulse for the developer/designer world. It is the first website in my bookmarks bar, and it is also the first site I check every morning.
I’d say Sacha’s approach to submissions is a lot more refined. You can still submit articles if you like, but the site is really focused on great and interesting content.
#2 – Muzli
I just talked about Muzli yesterday in my article about sites for web design inspiration. And I am also mentioning it here, because as I said in that article – Muzli works a bit like an RSS feed for all the latest interesting content in the design/development space.
You can use it as a web app but also through a browser extension. Muzli pulls data from over 120 sources and then uses various signals (including user feedback) to tailor custom feeds.
#3 – HeyDesigner
HeyDesigner – a project by Tamas Sari – is very similar to Sidebar. Both list 5 interesting links each day, and I know from experience that there isn’t a lot of overlap between this site and Sidebar.
#4 – Daily Dev Links
Daily Dev Links is run by Adam Marsden. If you’d like to submit your content, you can use the community Slack channel. But I also found that Adam was forthcoming towards an email, too.
#5 – Frontend Dogma
Frontend Dogma (run by Jens Oliver Meiert) focuses specifically on the front-end side of things.
The site is hand-curated by Jens himself, but I found the quality of content he curates is extremely high, and you can easily navigate through all of his 1800+ listings through a tag system.
It’s never quite the same…
Let’s hope that WebdesignerNews can make a speedy recovery, whatever the cause for its current troubles may be.