WordPress is an open-source web publishing platform. Originally built for blogging, WordPress has evolved into a multi-purpose CMS (content management system) used by companies and individuals alike to publish all kinds of websites.
At Stanford, WordPress has been the tool of choice for blogs and special-topic or news oriented websites. Many of Stanford’s WordPress sites are listed at blog.stanford.edu.
WordPress is popular with many users and site owners because of its
- ready-to-go chronological blog structure and navigation,
- option to install a free or low-cost (non-Stanford) theme,
- easy editing of posts or pages, and
- easy sharing/linking of content via feeds and social media.
While WordPress is an option for general web publishing at Stanford, there may be better options depending on your needs. For example:
- Stanford Sites provides quicker, easier ways to create and manage a department website — especially if the site will have a complex structure or multi-layered navigation.
- The Google Sites component of Google Apps for Stanford is a good choice if your users and editors will want to do lots of real-time collaboration on pages or uploaded files.
Before choosing which tool to use, please review the important considerations at Compare WordPress and Drupal (Stanford Sites).