What can I do with WordPress?
WordPress is an open-source blogging platform and content management system. You can use it to create a website, wiki, or blog.
Want to use WordPress for portfolio or personal websites?
How can I access WordPress?
WordPress is an open-source, web-based content management system, so you access it online rather than by downloading software on your computer. You can sign up for a WordPress user account at WordPress.com.
You have the option to set up a free website with WordPress, but ads will appear at the top and bottom of every page on your website unless it’s hosted on CTEL’s network, usmcourses.org (or you pay for your own hosting). To request a WordPress site for your course on CTEL’s network, email its administrator.
How do I start using WordPress?
If you haven’t used WordPress before, you should first sign up for a free WordPress site at wordpress.org and get an idea of how the system works. Then, request an appointment with CTEL learning designer for help with the initial set-up of your course site—but don’t hesitate to begin setting up your site on your own if you’d like. We can easily move it to our network whenever you’re ready. Just be aware that the free version of WordPress provides different, lower-quality theme options than ones that are available on our network, so your site’s overall look will be different (usually much better) once it has been moved.
Note that WordPress is not supported by the University of Maine system, so the Help Desk does not provide support for it. Also, while CTEL can help you set up a WordPress site and consult with you on designing and administering it, you’ll need to manage it yourself. Typically, this means that you’ll need to add students to the course each term and connect them to external resources when they need support.
Where can I learn more about WordPress?
WordPress provides web resources that you can consult if you want to learn more about its features. You can also meet with one of CTEL’s learning designers if you’d like personalized assistance.
UMS Academy offers WordPress video tutorials (Maine.edu login required).
Visit the Support section of WordPress.com to learn more about its features.
Visit WordPress’s Accessibility page to learn how it supports diverse users.