8 – WordPress


WordPress is a blogging platform that is free and easy to use. It Can also be used to create a fully-functional website. Wordpress.com is the , hosted version. WordPress.org is free open source software that can be downloaded and used to build a website or blog.

WordPress has been the most popular blogging tool since the survey began, and although drops back to its 2010 position, it has consistently been in the top 10 since the survey began in 2007.

Websites Cost Availability
Free – Open source Online
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
8  5  5 8  6 5 6

Comments from some of those who selected WordPress as one of their Top 10 Tools

awesome for blogging, Justine Poldevin, 2014
my selected blog platform for idea sharing and personal exploration, JD Dillon, 2014
Solid, reliable, and great way to blog about/share what you’re doing and get feedback – and read what everyone else is up to, too. April 2014
best content hub, Jamie Seger 2014

Brilliant for sharing information with fellow educators and students  Colleen Young, 2013
for my own blog and reading blogs of other learning professionale  Matthew Guyan 2013
my blog (free version)  Helen Bunden 2013
blogging to understand Clark Quinn 2013
It powers my blog, which is the core of my self-directed learning and online reflection. It’s easy to use, has a huge community, and there are many plug-ins and additions available.  Harold  Jarche 2013
Disseminating information regarding E-Learning, Learning Technology etc.  Mark Rollins 2013
great for sharing, highly configurable 2013

  • “I now have two WordPress blogs and though they are quite challenging to maintain, I love the availability of plugins and themes – Open Source at its best”. Frances Bell
  • “We use the self-hosted version for the company blog and dozens of WordPress.Com ones for learners. Great for encouraging reflections on their learning.” Leia Fee
  • “Have used this for my own blog since the beginning of 2008. Have not regretted the decision to move from blogger” Carol Cooper Taylor
  • “I use WordPress for my blog. I started a blog after I started using Twitter, the microblogging inspired me to work out thoughts and concepts in more than 140 characters. I’m keeping a blog to work out concepts and ideas about education and e-learning and to share information with colleagues and other learning professionals. It’s becoming my tool for reflection and creating a sort of digital portfolio”.  Jeroen Bottema
  • “the best blogging tool I’ve found so far”  Jochen Robes
  • “has been my blogging platform of choice since 2007. Along with a template called Thesis, I am able to do much more than simply publish content. I use it to manage content and communicate across other platforms (via widgets and plug-ins)” Janet Clarey
  • “I love blogging. I may even be a addict! WordPress is my favourite blogging tool. It can be customised, especially with the help of the great community out there offering free themes, and the latest version offers some great features: I am so glad to be able to schedule release of posts, for example so my blog can appear even when I can’t. Must get around to moving my personal blog to WordPress… but I started in Blogger 5 years ago and that’s a lot of history! WordPress is perfectly adequate to base one’s whole website in – especially for a small business.” Helen Whitehead
  • “having dabbled in Dreamweaver and other programs I find the ease of use anywhere and the huge choice of free beautiful templates is dragging me more and more away from conventional web design”  Mary Cooch