Our open textbooks program went from one college, three part-time staff, very little funding, an unwieldy website platform, no digitized book production, no statistics, no author participation and many unanswered questions like, “What are open textbooks and why should we care?” to: open educational services, 64 partner colleges, an executive director, advisory board, multiple book formats, author involvement, faster publishing and nearly 200,000 downloads of our textbooks. All of this is due to the flexibility of WordPress.
- WordPress allowed us to make a responsive, discoverable, search engine-friendly site to serve our textbooks in a variety of formats.
- WordPress allowed us to create custom statistics tracking system for our downloads.
- WordPress allowed us to create custom taxonomies and fields for our book metadata, partner colleges, authors and coauthors, and download formats.
- WordPress has an active community of developers and contributors. If we run into a problem, there is probably already an answer, update or a plugin for it.