8 – WordPress

wordpresslogoDOWN 2 PLACES IN 2015

WordPress is a very valuable tool for a number of reasons. It is used by individuals and organizations for blogging, but also to create fully-functioning websites – due to the powerful range of 3rd party plugins

Websites: www.wordpress.com and wordpress.org
Cost: Free. Open source
Online and download
: 5
2011: 5
2010: 8
2009: 6
2008: 5
2007: 6

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

“My blog is where I reflect on things and share them with others. I’m still old-school on this, writing whatever I feel like. One reader complained, saying “I thought this was a blog about L&D.” Well, no, my blog covers whatever grabs my attention and that’s less and less about L&D” Jay Cross, 2015

“powers my blog, which is the core of my PKM. It’s easy to use, has a huge community, and there are many plug-ins and additions available. I also use it to deliver my online workshops.” Harold Jarche, 2015

“It’s the platform I use for blogging. It’s the platform many of my favorite bloggers use. And beyond a blogging platform, it’s the front end of our organization’s LMS. It’s super easy to use. And it’s my outlet for reflecting on lessons learned, sharing experiences and ideas and engaging in longer-form discussion. Which brings me to short-form discussion…” Brain Washburn, 2015

“excellent blogging platform. Recent releases have been focussing on the usability for the writer, and it is setting the standards for usability. Administration is now a piece of cake, even for non-tech users, with e.g. the auto-update feature.” Jan Van Belle, 2015

“I write first and foremost to help clarify my own thinking and combine ideas together to see if they stick that way. But, the benefit of knowing that others read this blog and occasionally respond to it makes it a focused learning activity for me. Others feel the same about their “visible thinking” on their blog.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“this is where I share with peers. I haven’t done as much with blogging as planed, but the next year is going to be a serious upgrade, not just in sharing, but functionality. I truly intend on turning this site into a pretty robust learning platform as I explore the evolution the industry is undergoing. And I plan on bringing as many folks along for the journey as I can.” David Glow, 2015

“my blogging tool, that provides regular reflection opportunities for me in generating them, and from the feedback others provide via comments.” Clark Quinn, 2015

“I use WordPress to blog about five years. My blog is my most important learning tool. I blog to process what I see and read, to reflect, to share knowledge and as an archive.” Wilfred Rubens, 2015

“Easy to use as cms system. I use it for my personal blog” Wiebe Dijkstra, 2015
“so many of the great blogs I read are on this that I can’t exclude it.” Rachel Burnham, 2015
“WordPress for creating blogs, on 3 different locations. Sharing knowledge” Ellen Schuurink, 2015
“a project blog with colleagues, learning diary” 2015

“For my own personal learning/reflection (via own blog) as well as reading / learning from others. I also facilitate a edcontexts.org a project which aims to promote voices/stories of educators across diverse contexts, incl those outside mainstream (e.g. teachers/educators in ‘global south’), + promoting the importance of considering context and diversity in the design of ‘mainstream’ learning experiences – e.g. MOOCs. We have found that the pingback feature of wordpress in particular alerts and helps mutual promotion when linking out to other wordpress blogposts. This is also a feature of wordpress that I like having experienced it via my own personal blog” Tanya Lau 2014

“Many people consider WordPress to be the best content management system around. Its large user community has produced thousands of plugins to extend its functionality. In terms of learning, one of the best forms of self-education is researching, writing, sharing and discussing. You can do all of that with WordPress. WordPress can also work as a learning portal and there are plugins to use it as a learning management system.” Connie Malamed, 2014

“I check comments and stats every day and might write a post, if I have something to say” Jenny Mackness 2014

“the other way I write out loud is on my blog (like this), and my blog is powered by WordPress” Clark Quinn, 2014

“powers my blog, which is the core of my PKM. It’s easy to use, has a huge community, and there are many plug-ins and additions available” Harold Jarche, 2014

“ultra flexible with almost limitless potential” Stephen Dale, 2014
“business website and blogging platform” David Schindler, 2014
“majority of blogs I read are WP” Mike Collins, 2014
“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 professionals”  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

Pre-2013 comments

“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