21 – WordPress

DOWN 7 places in 2021

WordPress is used by individuals and organizations for blogging, but also to create fully-functioning websites.

Website: wordpress.org and wordpress.com
Cost: Free. Open source
Availability: Hosted (at .com) or Download (at .org)

Ranking on the 2021 sub-lists

Top 150 Tools for
Personal Learning: 11
Top 150 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 23
Top 150 Tools for
Education: 58

Overall rankings in the previous 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 14 2019: 9 2018: 8 2017: 9 2016: 9 2015: 8 2014: 6
2013: 8 2012: 5 2011:  5 2010: 8 2009: 6 2008: 5 2007: 6

Comments on WordPress in 2021

“I use WordPress 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. My blogposts are thoughts under construction. I started to blog with Typepad. I use WordPress since December 2011. Most of the feedback I receive via LinkedIn, nowadays.” Wilfred Rubens, E-Learning Advisor, Netherlands

“A reliable tool to clarify and share my learning and work in the flow of life. Deep thoughts. Achievements. Work in progress. Research. Owning my data. I have also added lately my archive page of all the posts I published, produced and curated.” Rotana Ty, Learning Catalyst, France

“It’s my online space and portfolio of all my work and thinking” Helen Blunden, Community Manager, Australia

“WordPress has been where I hang my online hat since 2007. Great option for creating a website – it is quick and easy to work with and I’ve never had any issues. (Although with the #NoCode movement gaining momentum, I’m seriously looking at Webflow, if there is a painless way to change. If I were starting from scratch, that is where I’d go.)” Mike Taylor, Consultant, USA

“The obvious reason that WordPress is important to us is that it provided Brian and opportunity to start this blog. When we started to struggle with how to post course content and other resources for clients, we went back to WordPress. When we wanted to change the marketing experience of Soapbox so we separated out the marketing site and I created a new site in one weekend. When wanted to build a resource for learning & development professionals to support Brian’s book, we turned to WordPress again. I’m always stunned by how many things you can do with WordPress. If you think about building a custom site, consider searching the plugins on WordPress to see if someone has already created that functionality.” Tim Waxenfelter, USA

“Helps with development, training, communication, and is flexible, adaptable, and continually evolving.” Training director, USA

“Best blog tool and business website combined. Extensive templates, plugins and widgets. Choice of editor for ease of use.” CoachCarole, Author, Teacher, Course designer, Genealogist, Australia

“WordPress has been my tool of choice for blogging for nearly 15 years. This is the place I do most of my personal reflective learning. Frequently, I don’t know what I really think about a topic until I write about it. Writing helps me connect ideas and clarifies my understanding. In addition, my blog is a place where I try to help others learn. When I “work out loud” and demonstrate how I accomplished something, others can read and benefit from that. When readers email me or comment about how helpful something was, I know I’m meeting that goal too. New clients find me through my blog. If they read something I wrote and find it helpful, they already trust my expertise before they even contact me.” Christy Tucker, USA

“We use a WordPress system as a blogging platform for our students. I like its versatility and it’s very popular as a formative, journal or e-portfolio-like space in our course” Lee Lewis, Senior Digital Learning Coordinator, UK

Previous comments

“Reliable tool to clarify and share my learning / working out loud. Deep thoughts. Research. Owning my data.” Rotana Ty, Learning Catalyst. Internal Community Manager, France, 2020

“Since several years on number 1. I use WordPress 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. My blogposts are thoughts under construction. I started to blog with Typepad. I use WordPress since December 2011. Most of the feedback I receive via LinkedIn, nowadays.” Wilfred Rubens, Netherlands, 2020

“WordPress powers my personal website/blog serves and connects via Zapier with Mailchimp to power my weekly newsletter” Mike Taylor, USA, 2020

“Longer form personal reflection and record keeping.” Ian Gardner, Online Learning and Development Coordinator, Switzerland, 2020

“WordPress is the platform I use to power all my websites. I make use of a large number of plugins that enhance its default functionality and appearance.” Jane Hart, 2020

“Powers my blog (+3,300 posts), 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, Canada, 2020

“I use WordPress not only as a publishing platform but also as a way to think outloud and store a record of what we are doing and why for future reference and archiving. Offering the multisite version for our faculty and students provides many opportunities for learning and sharing.” Audrey J Williams, Vice President, IT/CIO, USA, 2020

“Writing is arguably the top way I reflect. And, so that’d put Microsoft Word at the top of my list. That’s where I write books and articles first. And, of course WordPress is how I write my blog (e.g. here!).  Writing is a way to sort out how I think about things. As I say, things that end up in presentations and books tend to show up on blog first. Well, one of the main ways.” Clark Quinn, USA, 2020

Quick Guide to WordPress 

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use WordPress for teaching, training, learning and development.

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