PlacePress: A WordPress Plugin for Publishing Location-based Tours and Stories

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National Endowment for the Humanities


PlacePress is a modern plugin for WordPress, the world’s most widely used content management system. Its purpose is to tailor WordPress for effective, inexpensive location-based digital storytelling, offering content creators a compelling and highly flexible alternative to other commonly used platforms for this purpose, e.g., Curatescape, ESRI StoryMaps, and StoryMap JS.

In 2019 CPHDH developed a rudimentary alpha version of the new plugin and then, with NEH funding, set out in the following year to expand and refine the plugin for wider use. During the grant period, CPHDH developed a fully functioning build of PlacePress, worked with teams with preexisting location-based project concepts who agreed to test the plugin as they developed content, engaged a remote user testing expert to recruit participants to test and report on their experiences using PlacePress, piloted the plugin for two CSU-based digital projects, undertook refinements to the plugin, and created an online user guide.