9 – WordPress

Back down 1 place in 2019 

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

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 10
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 14
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 14

Past Overall Rankings
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 from some of those who selected WordPress as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

  • “I’ve been using WordPress since 2009, when I started this site and my Breaking into Instructional Design email course. Writing, researching and sharing the content for this website continues to be a significant learning experience in my personal development and hopefully is valuable to others.” Connie Malamed, learning experience design consultant, USA http://theelearningcoach.com/reviews/top-ten-tools-in-my-ple/
  • “Powers my blog (+3,200 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 https://jarche.com/2019/09/top-tools-2019/
  • “my first learning tool is this blog. Here’s where I lay out my ideas. The learning comes from just me thinking through things to keep populating the post, and the exercise of actually putting the thoughts down. And of course from comments, whether here or as often happens, on LinkedIn.” Clark Quinn, USA https://blog.learnlets.com/2019/08/top-10-learning-tools-for-2019/ 
  • “powers my personal website/blog serves as my online ‘homebase’” Mike Taylor, USA https://mike-taylor.org/2019/07/02/mike-taylors-2019-top-10-learning-tools/
  • “the host of this blog for 8 years and still (in my opinion) the best blogging tool. Simple, quick, portable across devices.” Andrew Jacobs, UK https://lostanddesperate.com/2019/09/04/top-10-tools-for-learning-2019/
  • “both as blog (the public version, I/O), and for notes management (my private local one on the XAMPP stack, LTM).” Matthias Melcher, Germany https://x28newblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/top-ten-tools/
  • “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, UK https://modernworkplacelearning.com/magazine/janes-top-ten-2019/ 
  • “My website is my portfolio of work (along with YouTube) and my own place in “cyberspace”” Senior Adoption Consultant, Australia
  • “How easy can it be to set up a site for a certain learning subject, even if it is only for a short period of use? Instead of LMS and other learning tools, I still like WordPress. It’s easy, flexible and no nonsense.”
  • “Have my own personal blogs and use as a tool for department news. Students use for their own development” Principal Lecturer, UK
  • “I use WordPress to host my own blog site and I recommend it to students when they have blogs as an assessment mode. It is so easy to set up a professional-looking, creative blog.” Lecturer, UK
  • “Owning my data. Content curation and creation. Making sense and sharing my portfolio of work and learning.” Facilitator of Peer Learning Programs, France
  • “The best and most reliable CMS.” Producer of elearning teaching material, Span
  • “I use it to teach myself web design” Teacher, Ireland

How to use WordPress for Learning

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

At the bottom of each of the Tools pages there is a section How to use [the tool] for Learning. It provides basic guidance and links to resources on how to use the tool for teaching, training, learning and development.

To read these special sections you will need to be a registered user. Find out how to purchase access to ALL these special sections here and also pre-order the PDF How to use the Top 200 Tools for Learning.