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What is Wordpress.org?
Wordpress.org is, as the creators put it, "Wordpress.org is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. Wordpress.org is both free and priceless at the same time. More simply, Wordpress.org is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it," (Kyle-http://Wordpress.org/)
Wordpress.org is a great tool for web users who are interested in creating their own web pages but who lack the technical knowledge that was necessary in the past. People who have Wordpress.org "blogs" can easily post updates about anything from their personal lives, their business and a limitless number of other possibilities. (Amy Baumis)
The creators of Wordpress.org wanted to make a website that is easy to use and effective at the same time. Usually the site is used for blogs and help with creating websites, but there are other uses. One example being the educational aspect of Wordpress.org. More educational uses of Wordpress.org can be seen in the, "How could the application be used within an educational situation," section. The easy accessibility allows students from anywhere in the world with web access to use the site and receive feedback on a blog or other writing of any kind. (Kyle Bischoff)*
How is Wordpress.org used in their countries? Are their unique features of Wordpress.org that may be more relevant to those outside of the US?
Some unique features of the application are that the application can be used in any language. Also, because the application is an "open source", people from all over the world have access to it and can work on it at any time. Wordpress.org.com/about/ (Jessica Stadler)
Wordpress.org has many great tools that can be useful around the globe. One great thing about Wordpress.org is the ability to build online portfolios and post resumes. This is very helpful for someone who is trying to get a job in another country. Employers can view the resume online and easily access a candidate's portfolio of past work. This saves both the employer and the applicant time and money. (Rachel R. Taylor - http://performancing.com/blogging-tools/48-unique-ways-use-Wordpress.org)
Wordpress.org is also a great way to create interactive real estate listings and guides. This is a great way to buy and sell real estate all over the globe without leaving the house. With Wordpress.org you can add pictures, interactive maps, and videos alongside basic information about the real estate. This really enhances the visualization for buyers. Wordpress.org can also be used within the rental system. Owners can use it to submit subscriptions and it allows renters to pay online via PayPal. (Rachel R. Taylor - http://performancing.com/blogging-tools/48-unique-ways-use-Wordpress.org)
There are many applications available to translate different languages making it very easy to read a blog written from another country. (Amy Baumis)
How does it work? Briefly, what does one have to do to start using it?
To start using Wordpress.org one can easily start it themselves by going to the website and installing it. It is a very widely spread blogging tool that anyone can utilize.
Wordpress.org is a very intuitive content management system and makes updating webpages using it very easy. Rather than coding and posting entries directly through the website users use Wordpress.org to add new updates and pages and Wordpress.org, along with assigned theme it's using, seamlessly updates it for the user.
Wordpress.org also automatically indexes all of the posts on the site and makes searching it much easier with it's easy to use "tag" interface. (Amy Baumis)
To use Wordpress.org you have to have a reliable server, for example the server here at Purdue. If one wants to add themselves to work on a blog, they must contact the administrator of the blog they would like to add information to. Once contact is made the administrator has to set up the amount of contribution the user has to the blog. Wordpress.org is a blog; it works by creating a place for people all over the world to share information. (Ashley de Castro) http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~adecastr/Wordpress.org/wp-admin/users.php
How is it related to other applications, can it be used in conjunction with other applications?
Users can easily import text from b2, Blogger, Greymatter, Movable Type, and Textpattern. (Ryan Wordpress.org)
Users are also supported by Ping-O-Matic which gives the maximum exposure for blogs to search engines. (Ryan Wordpress.org)
Wordpress.org also enforces Trackback and Pingback standards. (Ryan Wordpress.org)
It can easily be used in conjunction with other applications because of the plug-in feature available. It has plug-ins you can add to make the page visible on a BlackBerry or an iPhone. (Ashley de Castro) http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~adecastr/Wordpress.org/wp-admin/plugins.php
There are many applications made for mobile devices that allow updating Wordpress.org blogs from mobile phones (Amy Baumis)
WordPress.org is a CMS or Content Management System. "Content management system (CMS) is a computer application used to create, edit, manage, search and publish various kinds of digital media and electronic text." Other CMS applications include Joomla, Drupal, Textpattern. Content management and publishing are the main uses for these systems. (Rachel R. Taylor- http://www.devlounge.net/publishing/things-to-consider-when-using-wordpress-as-a-cms)
What are some unique ways of using Wordpress.org?
You have Wordpress.org on your own server; therefore you have complete control over the blog. You are able to restrict certain users from writing on the blog or restrict the amount they can post. Users can create profiles with information so they are able to interact with other members of Wordpress.org (Ashley de Castro) http://codex.Wordpress.org/Wordpress.org_Features
You can use Wordpress.org in different languages. This way there isn't a limit on the people that view your blog. It can be more widely spread. (Jordan Gallagher) http://codex.Wordpress.org/Wordpress.org_in_Your_Language
On Wordpress.org you can make your page look more attractive by changing the themes, not only could the change in themes make your page look more attractive but it could also create an ease of navigation of the page for your students depending on the grade level. (Ashley de Castro) http://Wordpress.org/extend/themes/
Something available on Wordpress.org that is not available on Wordpress.org.com is the ability to add widgets. These widgets include: calendar, a search bar, RSS, recent posts, ECT. (Ashley de Castro) http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~adecastr/Wordpress.org/wp-admin/widgets.php
Wordpress.org is an extremely diverse content management system capable of taking on a vast number of different looks, depending on what the user wishes to do with it. There is a large community of people on the internet that develop themes for Wordpress.org, and these themes can take on many different looks - whether you're just starting your personal blog or if you're a large newspaper company looking to put your content online there is a Wordpress.org theme for you. (Amy Baumis)
One thing that I had found was that on Wordpress.org you can have multiple blogs. This can be managed by one server. (Ben Hewitt)
Wordpress.org has an integrated blacklist and an open proxy checker. The purpose of these things is to eliminate comment spam that may come up on your blog. (Jordan Gallagher) +http://Wordpress.org/about/features/+
How could Wordpress.org be used within an educational environment?
Wordpress.org can be used in the post-secondary education by teacher and students whom need to collaborate on a group project. (Ben Hewitt)
Wordpress.org can be used in the secondary to post-secondary to have an online debate using two blogs. One blog supporting the topic and the other blog disagreeing with the topic. Students would be able to express their thoughts and feelings without participation in the actual class. (Ben Hewitt)
Wordpress.org may also be used in the sense of bloging with your teacher and other classmates (Amy Baumis)
Wordpress.org could be used in a secondary educational setting in several ways. Similar to what we did for our "online discussions" in EDCI 270, educators could generate a lesson plan that required students to read a book or an article and then discuss what they read using Wordpress.org - similar to how we use Blackboard at Purdue. Because Wordpress.org is "completely customizable and can be used for almost anything", teaching students how to use Wordpress.org should be fairly easy. In return, educators have a great blogging website for students to use for online discussions. Wordpress.org/about/ (Jessica Stadler)
Wordpress.org can also be used in business and industry. With this blogging software you can open a blog up to an idea and others in that business or industry can comment on and make slight adjustments. Also a lot of business is done internationally and with Wordpress.org businesses can interact with others from different nation and they can share their thoughts. (Jordan Gallagher)
To go along with the group project and online discussions, Wordpress.org could be used in a high school English class for peer editing of writing assignments. If everyone in the class would submit a draft of their paper to Wordpress.org, then the papers could easily be read by the rest of the class and immediate feedback could be given. This would give the teacher a much needed break from reading 20+ papers and making his or her own comments and corrections. Collaborating on projects gives students more ideas because instead of just one teacher reading the paper, multiple students would be able to give their own suggestions. (Kyle Bischoff)
What is the true title of Wordpress.org? Who developed it?
The title of the application is Wordpress.org (Kyle-Wordpress.org)
Wordpress.org was developed by:
Director of Whitespace
Head of Bug Creation
Tiny Manly Code Editor (MCE)