WP OER is a free plugin which allows you to create your own open educational resource repository on any WordPress website. Why pay for a proprietary system with limited options? WP OER is customizable, easy to use, and free.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.

Alternative and more flexible licensing options have become available as a result of the work of Creative Commons, an organization providing ready-made licensing agreements less restrictive than the “all rights reserved” terms of standard international copyright. These new options have become a “critical infrastructure service for the OER movement.” Another license, typically used by developers of OER software, is the GNU General Public License from the free and open-source software (FOSS) community.

More information about Open Education and the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign can be found on the Office of Educational Technology’s website.

This project has been funded at least or in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education under Contract Number ED-OOS-13-R-0064. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


  • Import open educational resources and subject areas.
  • Create individual resources and subject areas.
  • Display educational resources on your WordPress website!


  1. Log in to your site’s Dashboard (e.g. www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin)
  2. Click on the “Plugins” tab in the left panel, then click “Add New”.
  3. Search for “WP OER” and the latest version will appear at the top of the list of results.
  4. Install it by clicking the “Install Now” link.
  5. When installation finishes, click “Activate Plugin”.
  6. Now click the blue button on the top right that says “Setup”
  7. Choose to import resources, subject areas, academic standards, and resource thumbnails.
  8. Visit the “Settings” page of WP OER to customize styles and display options.
  9. Enjoy!


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  • options for PDF display on resource view
  • pages to browse by Standard
  • preliminary support for Gutenberg editor


  • improved display of featured resources on subject pages
  • display default image on Recommended Content slider if none available
  • fix saving and display of created and modified dates
  • fix taxonomy query on subject area resource lists


  • additional keyboard accessibility fixes
  • allow null values for Learning Resource Type and Interactivity


  • Make Youtube video display responsive
  • Get Youtube thumbnail image and use as featured image for youtube resource
  • Add original resource link below resource description
  • Add metadata such as grade and domain to resources in search result
  • Fix broken resource tag links
  • Fix bug showing nonce error when deleting resource
  • Trim search result and subject area resource description to 3 lines with ellipsis using pure css


  • Display YouTube resources as video embeds
  • Fix bug with nonce verification when saving resource edits
  • Add fallback for image resizing when gd library not installed


  • Updates to adhere to WordPress plugin directory requirements


  • Added image upload when adding/editing subject areas
  • Removed old “Subject Images” from admin interface
  • Added Next Generation Science Standards to the set of default standards
  • Added helper text on General and Style Tab of Settings
  • Applied lazy loading on highlighted resources
  • Auto reset permalink on plugin activation
  • Added initial setup process


  • Created import page for resources, standards and subject areas
  • Added load more pagination on list of resources
  • Added sorting option on browse resources section
  • Made highlighted resources responsive


  • Cleaned up errors when using the plugin
  • Added Readme.txt file