How a Local Government Ditched a Proprietary CMS and Embraced WordPress

Arlington County is just across the Potomac River, and in 2012, our proprietary CMS was not able to meet the high-tech demands of our content authors and our audience. WordPress “microsites” were popping up all over, funded by a purchase card and $10/month hosting. A small group convinced the Public Website sponsors to go with WordPress, and our main site,, went live in 2014. Hear how we convinced the stakeholders: Finance, Procurement, Security, Privacy, Records, Comms and IT, to embrace open source. See our project plan and re-use it in your agency!