The history of WordPress began in 2003, when Matt Mullenweg As a teenager, he ran a blog based on the b2/cafelog script. However, he was unhappy with the fact that the creator of the script stopped updating and developing it at some point. Matt did not want to give up blogging, and other solutions available on the market at that time did not suit him particularly well. So he came up with the idea of creating a new blogging platform based on the b2/cafelog code. Soon Matt Mullenweg was joined by another of Wordpress' creators - Mike Little. Their work resulted in the first version of WordPress, which was released on 27 May 2003. The new blogging script was very well received by the Internet community. So inconspicuously a giant was born.

The Further History of WordPress

Back in 2004, the first plugins appeared in WordPress, which revolutionised the functionality of websites.

At the time, the most popular paid blogging platform - Moveable Type - stopped appealing to many users, not least because of the licence terms. Wordpress's popularity shot up. In 2005, Matt and Mike's new platform released its first theme - Kubrick - and a new admin interface. The ability to add categories and tags to a blog appeared.

WordPress has flourished as a blogging platform. The community and Matt Mullenweg's company also took off Automatticwhich is known for its impressive work on behalf of WordPress. In the following year, the name WordPress and its logo were registered. At the same time, the first serious investors appeared, who saw great potential in Wordpress' team of a dozen or so people.

Great WordPress

In 2008-2009 there were major backend patches that caused mixed feelings among users. This led to a usability report with the working name "Crazyhorse". The result of this project became WordPress version 2.7 called Coltrane. Subsequent updates saw more and more improvements and solutions as we know them today. Built-in plugin installations, built-in theme installations or image editing are just some of the new features.

Developers loved WordPress by this stage, but the wider public came to love the platform between 2010 and 2012. The turning point in WordPress' popularity was the migration of around 30 million users of Microsoft's Windows Live Spaces to WordPress in 2010. This marked a huge leap in web market share for the CMS - WordPress was now powering over 14% sites.

In the years that followed, WordPress consolidated its position as the most popular CMS and matured, with a big helping of billions of contributions from Automattic, successfully run by Matt Mullenweg. A number of updates to the CMS have brought further improvements to the platform, which has now gone from being a blogging platform to a system on which to put up a complete website or online shop. For security purposes, the ability to automatically update the system and a number of improvements were introduced that we know today.

Wordpress is constantly evolving and already has a share of nearly 30% in the website market and has enormous growth potential. Successive updates prevent hacker attacks and introduce further innovations. Automattic not only raises funds for Wordpress development, it also engages intensively in charity actions, which fosters a positive image of the CMS and its creators in the public consciousness.

The history of WordPress continues to surprise, and its creators are really just getting started. The name WordPress, invented by Christine Tremoulet, is undoubtedly synonymous with success today.


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