Do you know the story of WordPress? The platform is currently used by 31% of all web sites on the Internet. Below we will see the story of WordPress and how it has evolved over time.
The story of WordPress
WordPress started because it stopped developing blogging software b2 / cafelog from its main developers. 2003, two b2 / cafelog users, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, have decided to create a new platform on the b2 / cafelog platform.
Most likely, when they started the new project, they did not know 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 web publishers busy.
At 27 May 2003, Matt announced the availability of WorPress's first release. It was based on 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 publishing panel is displayed below:
In May of 2004, the version of 1.2 from WorPress was released, bringing the architecture for the plugin first. This allowed users and developers to extend WordPress functionality by writing their own plugins and sharing them with the rest of the community.
WordPress was launched in the community, which was totally opposed to what was happening in the blogging industry at that time.
The market leader in blogging tools at that time was the Moveable Type service. They used new licensing terms that they did not like very much to platform users. This has forced too many to look for some new blogging platform.
WordPress 1.2 was presented as an ambitious project offering users a mature, stable, easy and flexible platform with features that compete with competitors. WorPress adoption pace was launched with this release.
With the increase in the number of platform users, WorPress began to improve with the help and interest of the community.
In February of 2005, it released WordPress 1.5 Version 1.5 (Strayhorn). It brought Pages, comment management tools, a new default theme (Kubrick), and a completely new theme-changing system.
In December of 2005, WordPress 2.0 was released with a new control panel for admin. The new management site was a complete overhaul of WordPress management.
The 2 version also came with the anti-spam plugin Akismet. An add-on for backing up the WordPress database (wp-db-backup) was also released. Another innovation of the release was adding the functions.php file to Theme System.
On 1 in March 2006, Automattic, founded by co-founder WorthPress Matt Mullenweg, registered the WordPress brand and patented the logos.
2008, a web design company named Happy Cog, joined WorPress project to help design a new WordPress management interface. A usability study was conducted to design the UI for managers.
New features were added to WordPress throughout the year, such as shortcodes, one-click updates and the built-in plugin installer.
In June of 2010, Automattic, transferred ownership of the WordPress trademark and logo to WorPress Foundation. It was an important moment in WordPress's story because it ensured that WordPress will continue to grow because it has ceased to depend on a company or a group of developers.
On June 17, 2010 released WorPress 3.0. It was an important step as it brought many different features such as custom types of publications, better custom taxonomies, custom backgrounds, header, menus, contextual help on the administrator pages, etc. WordPress MU merged into the WordPress kernel to create Multisite networks.
The new version came with Twenty Ten theme, which began delivering a new preselected theme for each year.
2012 added theme theme customizers, theme previews, and new media manager. These features have greatly helped new users in creating image galleries and previewing themes before changing topics.
2013, WorrdPress 3.7 was released. It brought the new auto-update feature. Yes, WordPress could now automatically update its software in minor versions.
In December 2013 released WorPress 3.8, 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 version improved the WorrdPress visual post editor. Users can now process images directly through the processor and view their previews within the processor. WorPress 3.9 also brought live widgets, playlist previews and various other enhancements.
However, 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 in which non-English versions of WordPress overcame English versions.
2015, released by WordPress 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4. These releases focused on improving localization, emoji support, customization of topics, and the creation of infrastructure for the WordPress REST API.
That same year, WooCommerce, WorrdPress's most popular ecommerce plugin, was acquired by Automattic.
2016 was released by Woddress 4.5, 4.6 and 4.7. Each edition brought new features and improvements. The most important changes during the year were improved plugins and theme updates, content retrieval using browser storage and custom css within the customizer.
2017, WorPress 4,8 and 4,9 were released with many new default widgets for adding audio, video, images, galleries, text and HTML. These releases have also laid the groundwork for it Project Gutenberg, a new and modern publishing experience from WorPress.
WordPress What will follow?
WorPress is constantly evolving to meet the needs of millions of websites around the world. WorPress's direction appears to be directly dependent on the needs of its users.