Is WordPress a container?

Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.

No. WordPress is a software tool that allows users to create websites. While a website (like The MLA Style Center) is a container, the underlying software it runs on is not. The MLA Handbook provides further guidance on which kinds of online services should be considered containers (42).

When you create a works-cited-list entry for a blog post, follow the MLA format template and give the name of the blog as the container. In the entry below, the blog’s title is Dear English Major

Christensen, Alyssa W. “Real Talk: What’s the Hardest Part of Being an English Major?” Dear English Major, 9 Apr. 2018,

Work Cited

MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.