It is now 10 years ago, since we saw the first public release of WordPress. Over the years, WordPress have grown to be the most popular CMS platform in the world. The market share is estimated to close to 20% of the WWW! It all started out as a code-fork from a small blogging platform called b2/cafelog and WordPress initially focused on serving the growing blogging community.
WordPress comes on two flavors – a hosted free blog service on wordpress.com and a self-hosted version on wordpress.org. WordPress was started by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little as an open-source software but quickly thousands of contributors participated in the development. Mullenweb founded Automattic in 2005, the company behind WordPress.com and the spam fighter service Askimet. The company have been one of the most important contributors to the development of the WordPress as a whole.
WordPress started out as a platform for individuals allowing them to share their ideas and interests online. Anyone with a simple webserver supporting PHP and MSQL could set up the platform in matter of minuted and reach the rapidly growing number of people coming online. When wordpress.com arrived, publishing with WordPress only required a quick registration.
WordPress is known for being user friendly and very easy to extend. The WordPress community is extremely active and over the years, we have seen thousands of themes and plugins released to help WordPress users build websites faster.
When celebrating the 10th anniversary it is worth looking at the fact that WordPress is not just a hit among bloggers – though it is the most popular blogging system today. With the right themes and plugins, WordPress now runs any type of website, even online portfolios, business and e-commerce websites. According to TechCrunch 22% of all new websites (2011) and more than 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s top 1 million websites such as CNN, Reuters, New York Times and Tripwire Magazine is using WordPress.
Through the world, WordPress enthusiasts are celebrating this day with meetups that bring WP users, developers, designers, and fans together for a fun day of sharing their favorite WordPress moments.
If you want to join in the celebrations Online, you can visit this site that is dedicated to sharing memories, tweets and greetings from the users to WordPress.
How WordPress Looked 10 Years Ago – Nostalgic Screenshots
Let us turn back time and see how the design of the WordPress admin looked about 10 years ago.
WordPress 0.71 – post edit page.
WordPress 1.01 – this was the first release of WordPress with the well know wp-config.php and when the platform stopped being a B2 fork.
You can find more old screenshots and details of the WordPress evolution in this article by Ozh.