14 – WordPress

DOWN 5 places in 2020

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 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 12
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 21
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 18

Overall rankings in the 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 from some of those who selected WordPress as one of their top tools

“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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