WordPress is a great (open source and free!) content management tool for creating and publishing personal websites (for example, blogs) without the steep learning curve of other options like Drupal. More than one-third of the internet runs on WordPress.
With WordPress.com, WordPress hosts your site (and your site address will be websitename.wordpress.com. To build a site and make it available to the wider world, you can publish within five minutes. WordPress.org needs a hosting provider. For example, using an outside host will cost some money (think around $3/month).
WordPress with a bu.edu domain. WordPress is the content management system for most BU websites. It was launched at BU in 2008, and includes a responsive theme that is compliant with best practices, accessibility laws, and branding guidelines. There is no charge to get started with an empty bu.edu WordPress site.
WordPress with a bu.edu domain is a managed environment, with limited plugins designed specifically for the BU community. One of WordPress's weaknesses is security, but keeping it within a managed environment is to mitigate this risk.
Drupal is another open source content management tool available. It offers more flexibility and security than WordPress; however, the trade-off for more flexibility is that it requires more skills to get started, to fully take advantage of the flexibility, and maintain. There is no BU option for hosting; you will need to find a hosting provider.
Omeka is a web publishing platform (often, but not exclusively, used by librarians and archivists) for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.
This is a good option if you have image- or object-heavy projects you want to place in a searchable collection for the public, and to create exhibits that tell stories using the items in your collection.
The basic level of Omeka (Omeka.net) is free-to-use for a single site with limited functionality and hosted by Omeka (site address would be yourdomain.omeka.net, much like WordPress.com). Includes pricing options for more sites, storage, and plugins.
Omeka Clasic (available via omeka.org) is for hosting an independent site on your own server or through online hosting companies, much like Drupal and WordPress.org. This is open source, but requires some technological know-how or help.
The School of Theology Library staff demonstrated Omeka as a publishing tool/content management system during a December 2019 faculty meeting, and built an exhibit titled In Mission to Boston and the Worldin Omeka. This exhibit celebrated the installation of windows from the Tremont Street Methodist Episcopal Church honoring the founding women of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, during their 150th anniversary in 2019.