Do you know the history of WordPress? The platform is currently used by 31% of all websites on the internet. Below we will see the history of WordPress and how it has evolved over time.
The story of WordPress
WordPress started because its development stopped blogging software b2 / cafelog by its main developers. In 2003, two b2 / cafelog users, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, decided to build a new platform on the b2 / cafelog platform.
Most likely when they started the new project they did not know that they were going to create a platform that would be used by millions of users around the world, create thousands of jobs and keep a whole industry of developers, designers, bloggers and online publishers busy.
On May 27, 2003, Matt announced the availability of the first version of WordPress. It was based on the b2 Cafelog but had significant improvements. The first version of WordPress included a new management interface, and new templates compatible with XHTML 1.1. The post panel appears below:
In May 2004, WordPress version 1.2 was released, bringing the plug-in architecture for the first time. This allowed users and developers to extend the functionality of WordPress by writing their own plugins and sharing them with the rest of the community.
WordPress was opening up to the community, which was the complete opposite of what was happening in the blogging industry at the time.
The market leader in blogging tools at the time was the Moveable Type service. They used new licensing terms, something that the users of the platform did not like very much. This has forced many to look for a new blogging platform.
WordPress 1.2 was presented as an ambitious project that offers users a mature, stable, easy and flexible platform with features that compete with competitors. The WordPress adoption rate has skyrocketed with this release.
As the number of users of the platform increased, WordPress began to improve with the help and interest of the community.
In February 2005, WordPress 1.5 was released Version 1.5 (Strayhorn). It brought Pages, comment management tools, a new default theme (Kubrick) and a completely new theme change-adding system.
In December 2005, WordPress 2.0 was released with a new admin dashboard. The new admin area was a complete overhaul of WordPress management.
In version 2 came the anti-spam plugin Akismet. A plugin for backing up your WordPress database (wp-db-backup) has also been released. Another innovation of the version was the addition of the functions.php file to Theme System.
On March 1, 2006, Automattic, founded by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, registered the WordPress brand and registered the logos.
In 2008, a web design company called Happy Cog joined the WordPress project to help design a new WordPress management interface. A usability study was conducted to design the UI for administrators.
New features were added to WordPress throughout the year, such as shortcodes, one-click updates and the built-in plugin installer.
In June 2010, Automattic transferred ownership of the WordPress trademark and logo to WordPress Foundation. It was an important moment in the history of WordPress, because it ensured that WordPress would continue to grow because it stopped being dependent on a company or a group of developers.
On June 17, 2010 WordPress 3.0 was released. It was an important step as it brought many different features such as custom post types, better custom taxonomies, custom backgrounds, header, menus, contextual help to admin pages etc. WordPress MU merged into the core of WordPress to create Multisite networks.
The new version came with the Twenty Ten theme, which started delivering a new default theme for each year.
In 2012, the theme customizer, theme previews and a new media manager were added. These features greatly help new users create image galleries and preview themes before changing themes.
In 2013, WordPress 3.7 was released. It brought the new feature of automatic updates. Yes WordPress could now automatically update its software to minor editions.
In December 2013, WordPress 3.8 was released which brought MP6, the new WordPress management interface. The new environment was responsive and aimed at providing a better user experience on any device or screen size.
On April 16, 2014, WordPress 3.9 was released. The release improved WordPress visual post editor. Users can now edit images directly from the editor and view their previews inside the editor. WordPress 3.9 also brings live widget previews, audio playlists and various other enhancements.
But more improvements were made to the WordPress kernel throughout the year for the next versions of WordPress 4.0 and WordPress 4.1.
2014 was also the first year that non-English versions of WordPress surpassed English versions in downloads.
In 2015, WordPress versions 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 were released. These releases focused on improving localization, emoji support, customizing themes, and building the WordPress REST API infrastructure.
That same year, WooCommerce, WordPress's most popular e-commerce plugin, was acquired by Automattic.
In 2016, WoodPress versions 4.5, 4.6 and 4.7 were released. Each version brought new features and improvements. The most important changes during the year were the improved updates for plugins and themes, the retrieval of content using the browser storage space and the custom css within the customizer.
In 2017, WordPress versions 4,8 and 4,9 were released with many new default widgets for adding audio, video, images, gallery, text and HTML. These releases also laid the groundwork for Project Gutenberg, a new and modern publishing experience of WordPress.
WordPress What will follow?
WordPress is constantly evolving to meet the needs of millions of websites around the world. The direction of WordPress seems to depend directly on the needs of its users.