The History of WordPress
WordPress is one of the most recognized and popular tools for blogging and website development today. However, they didn’t rise to the top of the pack overnight. In fact, the history of how WordPress developed and became an internet sensation is an interesting story in its own right.
WordPress originally appeared on the scene in 2003 as a collaboration between Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg, two software developers from Houston, TX. Mullenweg first came up with the idea of WordPress as an updated version of the recently abandoned b2/cafelog blogging project. At the time he set out to do this Mullenweg was only 19 years old and a freshman at the University of Texas. Today he is recognized as one of the pioneers of blogging software and a major force in the IT world.
When a major WordPress competitor, MoveableType started charging for their blogging platform, this led many users to seek out a free open-source alternative. By 2005 nearly 1 million users had downloaded WordPress and it quickly snowballed to become one of the top blogging platforms on the world wide web.
The first version of WordPress that users of the software today would recognize is the 1.5 “Strayhorn” release. It came out in February, 2005 and featured the now famous theme system as well as excellent comment moderation. The current version of WordPress is the 3.2 “Gershwin” release. It features a slick backend, improved API access, a micro posting format, and many security updates.
Today, WordPress is not only the software of choice for tens of millions of bloggers and website developers, major corporations have also chosen WordPress to power their important website operations. Prestigious news organizations like the New York Times, CNN, Forbes, and Reuters all use WordPress for their journalist’s blog sections. Some of the most heavily visited websites in the world also use WordPress such as I Can Has Cheezburger which is a network of sites that include LOL Cats and Fail Blog.
WordPress has a bright future thanks to its excellent developer community and open-source ethos. The very best hosting companies remain committed to WP and with thousands of dedicated developers working on plug-ins, features, and attractive themes with little to no cost for the end user, WordPress is the most attractive blog software on the market right now and for the foreseeable future.