WordPress.com Rolls Out Education Vertical, Helps Teachers Create Websites

WordPress.com on Wednesday rolled out a new education vertical. The new offering is meant to assist teachers in the creation of quick and good-looking websites for their classes.

WordPress has been quickly adding new verticals to its platform in recent months, most recently rolling out verticals for restaurant owners, musicians, and personal portfolios among others.

The new education vertical is available via the WordPress.com (fully hosted) solution and marks the first time the team at Automattic has fully jumped into the education business.

According to Automattic:

“Whether you need a group blog for your high school history project, or to keep your 3rd grade students’ parents up to date about the next field trip, you’ll find the solution here at WordPress.com.”

Because not all schools or parents will be comfortable with field trip information and other school work being displayed online, the team at WordPress.com has created the option for password protection on each page.

Along with announcing the new vertical, the Automattic team has created a new Chalkboard theme that provides a very much school based design factor:

Wordpress Chalkboard Theme

The new WordPress platform should be a welcomed addition for educators thanks to its flexible theming and the ability to add custom post types and other easily accessible information for students and parents.

With many of the planets top websites now running on the WordPress hosted and self-hosted platforms, we can likely expect many more verticals from the company in the coming months and years ahead.

What possibilities can you see for teachers using the WordPress platform?