WordPress History Infographic

WordPress History

WordPress History

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WordPress is open source content management software that is free to download from WordPress.org
10,935 Available Plugins

The Akismet Spam service and plugin by Automattic has caught a total of 17,744,612,938 spam comments and averages —18,000,000/mo
There are 1,217 Free themes in the WordPress theme directory with over 19,843,780 downloads. Popular Themes include: Arras Theme, TwentyTen, LightWord, Thematic, Constructor, and Pixel
Commercial themes are available for purchase from a number providers. Recently a number of theme “frameworks” have been developed that allow “child” themes to share the some feature set.

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Pros: WP Free. Setup, Backups, Upgrades and Security are done for you. High Performance. Very popular.
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WordPress.com is a popular and free blogging service that uses the software named WordPress


  • 2003 Matt Mullenweg and Mike Litte fork the blogging software b2 to create WordPress. The first official release was v.0.7
  • 2004 Version v1.0 was released with v1.0.1 code named Miles Davis shortly after Ping-O-Matic released to notify search engines of new blog content
    bbPress which is a forum application based heavily on WordPress is released
    v1.2 Mingus released in May contained many changes and improvements chief of which were the plugin system
  • 2005 v1.5 Strayhom included the Kubrick default theme and a new static page feature
    v2.0 Duke added rich editing and image uploading
    Akismet launched with the aim of stopping the growing menace of comment spam
    WordPress.com launched from private beta
    Matt Mullenweg and others form a company called Automatic
  • 2006 Automattic hires former Yahoo executive Toni Schneider as CEO
    Automattic raises $1.1m in funding The first WordCamp was held in San Francisco and was attended by over 300 people
  • 2007 v2.1 Ella was released in January and included improved content management options
    WordPress won a Packt Open Source CMS award
    WordPress.com passes 1 million users
    v2.1.2 was released to fix a major security vulnerability found in v21.1
    v2.2 Getz saw the arrival of the widget system that allowed users to add information to dynamic sidebar in themes
    Themes containing sponsored links (Sponsored Themes) were removed from the Official WordPress Theme Directory
    02.3 Dexter featured native tagging support
    Brian Gardner a WordPress theme developer forms StudioPress to create and sell commercial WordPress themes
    Thad Allender forms Graph Paper Press focused on Photography and Video commercial WordPress Themes
  • 2008 02.5 Breaker saw a brand new interface designed by Happy Cog Studios 02.8 Tyner added new CMS features like post revisions

    Chris Pearson creates Thesis Theme under the DIYThemes brand
    WordPress.com passes 4million users
    WooThemes is formed by Adii Pienaar, Magnus Jepson and Mark Forrester to create and sell Commercial WordPress themes
    Press75 was formed to sell Commercial themes created by Jason Schuller
    02.7 Coltrane introduced an Automated Upgrade and Plugin install feature as well as new internal interface design
    Themes not complying with the GPL license requirements were removed from the Official WordPress Theme directory
  • 2009 02.8 Baker saw speed improvements and a redesigned widget interface
    WordPress won the Packt best Open Source CMS Award
    BuddyPress was released by Andy Pealing in April 2009 and added popular social network community features to a WordPress MU powered site
    WordPress.com passes 9 million users
    Page.ly launches a fully managed and secure hosting platform for WordPress websites
    02.9 Carmen added a built-in image editor and numerous improvements
  • 2010 The non-profit WordPress Foundation is formed by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project The foundation promotes the free access and right to modify and distribute the WordPress Source code under the GPL license
    BuddyPress adds support for Single User WordPress
    A nefarious plot to delay the release 01 02 is uncovered. The dangerous mastermind turns out be a kitten
    v3.0 Thelonious merged WordPress MU into WordPress, added a new dynamic menu system and included a new default theme called Twentyten
    Matt Mullenweg and Chris Pearson creator of Thesis Theme face Off on the issue of GPL compliance. Chris ultimately changes the license of his theme to “Split GPL° to comply with the letter of WordPress guidelines. Some say split GPL still violating the spirit of WordPress project
    WordPress.com passes 11 million users

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Hello Dolly was the very 1st plugin available and simply printed random lyrics from the song “Hello Dolly” to the WordPress Admin screen

WordPress is an open source CMS, often used as a blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL. WordPress is the most popular CMS in use today powering nearly 8.5% of all websites on the net.

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