WordPress has entrenched itself as one of the most widely used CMS’s today. As open-source software, WordPress is extremely customizable and easy to manage. You can also leverage WordPress as a multisite tool, which only makes it that much more appropriate for a higher education website.
Although the fear-mongering around WordPress has finally seemed to subside, for a long time it was viewed as a subpar solution for a college or university website. Many people were wary about speed, security, and scalability. However, as WordPress has grown and demonstrated success on these fronts, more people are realizing what a capable CMS WordPress can be in the education sector. Now with Gutenberg allowing a block-centric approach to page building, we will probably see more universities using WordPress in the future.
Here are over 70 colleges and universities that are using WordPress to power their main websites and microsites.
While some schools utilize WordPress as their main marketing tool, others leverage its functionality as a news site. A few other schools have also used WordPress to build complete microsites for specific departments or schools.
Lots of colleges and universities are starting to adopt WordPress, and it shows. UX Design Collective performed a case study that showed that for most small to medium-sized schools, WordPress was their CMS of choice. And as evidenced by this list, many use WordPress for their front-facing marketing website as opposed to a microsite or blog index. We wrote a blog about why WordPress is so perfect for most college websites if this topic interests you further.