9 – WordPress

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WordPress is a valuable tool for a number of reasons. It is used by individuals & organizations for blogging, but also to create fully-functioning websites.

Website Cost Availability
wordpress.org
 www.wordpress.com
Free. Open source Online and Download
Past Overall Rankings
2015: 8 2014: 6 2013: 8 2012: 5 2011: 5 2010: 8 2009:6 2008: 5 2007: 6
Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2016 Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning 2016
Top 100 Tools for
Education 2016
6 14 13

Comments from some of those who selected WordPress as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2016

“Multi-purpose tool: blogging, portfolio, student tutorial – personal and work” Clare Thomson, e-learning developer, Northern Ireland

“I keep an educational blog and a travel blog. I encourage this with students so they will reflect more. I also highlight it as a way of keeping a portfolio.” Arlene Corrigan, College/University Teacher, USA

“I use WordPress about six years to blog. My weblog 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, Consultant, Netherlands

“for reflection and sharing my learning.” Ian Gardner, L&D Manager, UK

“we use wordpress for all web pages and internal training, its ease of use coupled with low price makes this a winner” Steven Guzelimian, USA

“because it is open technology, innovative with a large user base and developing into a platform with quality restAPI: it is device independent and suitable for a wide range of educational / training scenarios (e-portfolio, reflection, communication, testing, learning analytics, content development and distribution, serious gaming) and with the API it is possible to integrate content in (native) apps for variety of platforms / mobile OSs. We have helped schools in primary, secondary and higher education build their education portal on WordPress networks and they can integrate all information and communication within this single platform, including pr sites and newsletters, saving on licences of closed software vendors and increasing ownership of their own functionalities and data.” Floris Leurink, Consultant, Netherlands

“good looking web presence with lots of possibility for extension and collaboration” Teresa MacKinnon, University/College Teacher, UK

“A tool which is more than just blogging, it can be used as a VLE/LMS, a MOOC platform, an e-portfolio and as a website.” James Clay, UK

“WordPress is such a useful, versatile tool that has so many uses for L&D professionals. For example, I’m using WordPress for my personal website, my grad school portfolio project, a technology tips website, and more.” MIke Taylor, USA

“This year, I have done so much work on my website at the back end (no you won’t see the front end has changed as much – all the magic is behind what you see) due to major technical issues and glitches supplemented with brute force spam attacks … I feel as if I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in WordPress and learned so much about this tool despite it being the most attacked site of spammers.” Helen Blunden, Consultant, Australia

“Low cost platform for hosting eLearning courseware” e-learning developer, USA

“Create your own blog or learning log” L&D Manager, Germany

“Powers my blog, which is the core of my sense-making. 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 PKM workshop.” Harold Jarche, Consultant, Canada

“To run my business website incorporating my weekly blog. I use a number of plugins mainly to support blogging. Easy to use and continually updated.” David Schindler, Job, Career & Employabiity Coach, UK

“useful for inter university collaboration – Also offers cross platform support.” University/College Teacher, UK

“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 De Belle, Consultant Belgium

“for writings blogs for L&D managers to keep them up to date of learning in workplaces” Hedwig Belle, e-learning developer, Netherlands

Previous comments

“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