WordPress is an open source blog publishing application, powered by PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system.

WordPress was first released on May 27, 2003, by Matt Mullenweg as a fork of b2/cafelog. As of May 2017 Netcraft estimates that WordPress powers about 27% of the Internet. According to the WordPress download counter, version 4.8, which was released on June 7th, 2017, had been downloaded over 7,000,000 times by the end of June 2017.

That's quite a bit of activity!

Oregon State University began operating a multi-site installation of WordPress in 2009 under the name blogs.oregonstate.edu. Currently our blogging environment contains 1,429 blogsites.

Sites in the blogs.oregonstate.edu environment are self-service and are provided to users at no charge.

Some of Our Favorite OSU Blogs:

Need Some Help?

Need a more human-like interaction? We have a few different options that might be of interest to you.

  • OSU Web Communicator's Slack Channel
    • Jump into Slack and chat with fellow web communicators across campus. Creating an account is easy. Just use your OSU email to register.
  • Open Lab
    • Come visit us in Open Lab on Fridays from 2:00-4:00 to connect with other OSU web professionals face-to-face. We're happy to answer your WordPress questions.