CourseBlogs: Recommended WordPress Plugins & Web Apps




CommentPress logo( x plugin)

“CommentPress is an open source theme and plugin for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph-by-paragraph, line-by-line or block-by-block in the margins of a text. Annotate, gloss, workshop, debate: with CommentPress you can do all of these things on a finer-grained level, turning a document into a conversation. It can be applied to a fixed document (paper/essay/book etc.) or to a running blog.” While this plugin is still being evaluated by Bard ATS, one consideration to note: CommentPress does require the use of it’s own WordPress theme.

 commentpress screenshot



inline_comments_WP( x plugin)

Inline Comments allows you to add comments or annotations to the right of paragraphs and to other sections (like headlines and images) in your posts. This plugin integrates with standard WordPress comments.

“Perhaps one of the biggest problems with comments is that they’re appended to the bottom of a post, left as an afterthought. … Inline comments offer a solution to this problem.”

– Jay Hoffmann, Elegant Themes Blog

 inline comments WP2



Annotation Studio logo ( x web app, non-embed)

“Annotation Studio is a suite of tools for collaborative web-based annotation, currently under development by MIT’s HyperStudio. Annotation Studio actively engages students in interpreting primary sources such as literary texts and other humanities documents. Currently supporting the multimedia annotation of texts, Annotation Studio will ultimately allow students to annotate video, image, and audio sources.

With Annotation Studio, students can develop traditional humanistic skills such as close reading and textual analysis while also advancing their understanding of texts and contexts by linking and comparing original documents with sources, adaptions, or variations in different media formats.”

Annotation Studio does not currently integrate directly with our WordPress installation.

annotation studio screenshot




zotpress logo ( x plugin)

Zotpress brings your Zotero library and scholarly blogging to WordPress. Zotero is a free, cross-platform reference manager that integrates with your browser and word processor.


  • Displays your individual and group Zotero items through in-text citations and bibliographies
  • Supports thumbnail images through WordPress’s Featured Image





CartoDB logo     ( x web app w/embed)

CartoDB is a web-based (cloud) geospatial database that allows you to quickly build interactive maps and geospatial data visualizations using your own data (or CartoDB’s trove of publicly available datasets). CartoDB is free to use and open-source – the website includes very quick video tutorials. CartoDB maps are easy to share or embed in web sites (and are especially “WordPress friendly.”)

cartodb screenshot



MEDIA (via short-code embed in WordPress)


 Vimeo  (video)

vimeo icon

Youtube  (video)

YouTube logo

  SoundCloud  (audio)


 Flickr  (images)

Flickr icon_template



Timeline-JS logo ( x plugin)



TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS’s core look and functionality. It can pull in media from a variety of sources and has built-in support for Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more. The TimelineJS plugin for WordPress allows you to quickly embed interactive timelines into your Bard Courseblog.


timelinejs screenshot