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OER and Publishing Platforms: BC Wordpress

Discussion of the features offered by various web platforms useful for Open Educational Resources (OERs) and other types of publishing.

Brooklyn College Wordpress Intro (copied from homepage)

This version of Wordpress hosted by ITS at Brooklyn College allows for quick site setup and a selection of templates, with some options for customization.

Ideal Use: Quick setup of a blogs or course site in the BC community with few custom or uncommon requirements.


  • Easy inclusion of other Brooklyn College community members.
  • A range of plugins and themes available by default.


  • Can be difficult to work within ITS and wider BC site framework for customizations/additions.
  • Wordpress dashboard is cluttered; tough to tell what plugins and features are available at a glance.
  • Site back- and front-end have shown performance inconsistency.
  • Media uploads are capped at 7 MB (Commons caps at 40 MB).

Examples / Screenshots

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Plugin Listing

Because ITS hides the site plugins on the management panel in Wordpress, it can be difficult to determine what's available or possible. You can look in the sidebar for functionality from plugins, but its clutter and ordering can be an obstacle.

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Themes Panel

There are about 30 themes available by default, with more possible through direct contact with ITS, though this can increase production time and limit customization options.