Happy Sweet 16, WordPress


Over the weekend, the WordPress community celebrated 16 years since Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little forked the B2/cafelog blogging platform to create the first official release of WordPress on May 27, 2003. It launched with a new admin interface, manual excerpts, intelligent line breaks, a link manager, and was compliant with XHTML 1.1 standards.

The first two months of posts on the WordPress development blog read like selections from a time capsule, capturing the early history of the software. Mullenweg shared his journey in a “thinking out loud” style throughout the process of selecting the best route for templating and other decisions that laid the groundwork for the first release. Since those early days, WordPress has outpaced all its early competitors to become the most popular CMS by a wide margin.

Sixteen years later, the software is available in more than 200 languages and is now used by 33.9% of the top ten million websites. WordPress’ uncommon growth can be attributed to its unique combination of leadership, stability, and a community of thousands of contributors and entrepreneurs that are empowered by its open source licensing.

Many WordPress product businesses, part of a commercial ecosystem that Mullenweg estimates at $10 billion/year, hosted sales, giveaways, and promotions in honor of the anniversary. Friends of WordPress all over the world celebrated the software’s birthday with cakes and tributes.

Happy Birthday wordpress.


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