In a recent podcast I discussed a few tips and resources for beginning players, you can find that podcast here: http://thegamecase.com/podcast/episode5/
First and foremost as a new player you’ll need a site to find information about quests, how to complete them and where to find items, NPCs (non playable characters), mounts, and all sorts of other information from how to use specific talents to how to how to optimize gear and enchants.
Pros: This is an incredible site with a wealth of information. Items, NPCs, Quests, Dungeon Guides and basically anything you’d like to know about World of Warcraft can be found here.
Cons: Ads that play on the site will sometimes play audio without prompting, and it seems to crash Adobe Flash if left on.
Pros: Another site with a wealth of information, cleaner UI than WoW Head.
Cons: Information not as in depth as WoW Head at times.
WoW Wiki: http://www.wowwiki.com/
Pros: Wiki Style site that allows user editing.
Cons: Wiki Style site that allows user editing, unwanted audio adds.
Ask Mr.Robot: http://askmrrobot.com
Pros: Incredible information from Best in Bag calulations, to finding proper enchants and gems. Tips on which bosses to spent your bonus rolls on and more recently combat logging and comparisons.
Cons: Really comes into it’s own at level 100, may not be necessary for the leveling process.
WoW Roleplay Gear: http://wowroleplaygear.com/
Pros: Great repository of transmog and tier gear
Cons: Hasn’t be updated recently, i.e. doesn’t include tier 17 gear
Mog my Gear: http://mogmygear.com/
Pros: Great Gallery of Transmog gear seperated by class
Cons: Again not entirely current
Pros: Clean, bright site with good images
Cons: Has not been updated recently
Pros: It’s the official Blizzard Forums, you occasionally even get response from Blizzard employees.
Cons: The Trolls are strong and abundant here, you may have to sift through a lot of “garbage” to find what you’re looking for.
MMO Champion: http://www.mmo-champion.com/
Pros: Very knowledgable folks, great repository of knowledge
Cons: As with Battle.net the Trolls here and strong and for every valuable opion you will find many poseurs
Many Class Specific resources can be found as well such as:
Peak of Serenity (Monk IRC): http://irc.lc/coldfront/PeakOfSerenity/
Monk Meditation (Monk Specific Podcast): http://www.monkmeditation.com/
Dalaran Brilliance (Mage Specific Podcast): http://www.dalaranbrilliance.com/episodes
Gnome’s Eye View (Gnome Specific Podcast): http://www.gnomeseyeview.com/
Knights of Ebon (Death Knight Specific Podcast): http://frozenerdz.com/category/koe/
Auction House Sites:
The Undermine Journal: https://theunderminejournal.com
Pros: Best repository of auction house information on the web
Cons: Not the most graphically appealing site, but gets the job done
This is by no means a full or complete list of every World of Warcraft site out there, if you see something that I’ve missed please shoot me a tweet @Mullet863 or @TheGameCaseShow. This is however a complete list the sites that I use each and every day playing WoW.
If you’re looking for a concise list of some Warcraft add-ons to get started with check out this blog post: http://thegamecase.com/ramblings/addons/