Today May 27th our dear WordPress celebrates its birthday. It’s not a toddler anymore so we should be expecting bigger and bigger leaps in the not so distant future.
In the years that passed we’ve seen what passion for design and especially typography can do. We saw that open source should not be synonym with “poorly written” or “no functionality”. And we’ve learned how to be disruptive without disrupting and bring a lot of change, without changing the essence of things.
And after all those years WordPress is now the backbone for more than 60 million sites.
For those melancholic about its beginnings here’s a screenshot from the first version of WordPress so you get an idea of how much it grew over time. It might look plain now, but remember that this was back in 2003, an era before facebook, orkut and before the number of pages indexed by google was still smaller than the global population.
And now for the short history lesson in the field of WordPress
For those of you who don’t know wordpress was founded by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and now has thousands of contributors. The company behind WordPress is Automattic, a huge team spread all over the world. (see here) It all started with the idea to create a simple way for people to publish content when all you had was a web host with PHP and MySQL and new a thing or two about FTP. Now installing WordPress for most web hosting companies is done with a simple click. I guess you can call it a plug-and-play solution. In our days it’s no longer a platform for blogging alone. You can have eCommerce functionality, robust management solutions, detailed metrics and analytics and even have snow falling on your page.
The ecosystem around WordPress grew as well, Envato alone having over 3000 premium wordpress themes and 1500 plugins. Some of them having tens of thousands of sales. So if a simple theme developer can make $1MM in sales, then imagine the overall size of this platform. The great thing about wordpres is that as it grows into multiple directions as a more and more complex platform is leaves way for newer fresher publishing solutions like the very young Medium or Ghost. So in many ways it hasn’t forgotten where it started from.
Here at CodeInWp we’ve met WordPress for the first time right before v2. When was the time you first installed a WordPress site or accessed it’s Dashboard? Are you a veteran or a rookie? Let us know in the comment section bellow.
We congratulate WordPress for this great achievement once more and we wish it 100 more years.