A (very) Brief History of WordPress

On the 3rd January 2004, after a number of months testing in BETA, WordPress v1.0 was released to the world and a legacy was born.

Co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little (who we had the pleasure of meeting at WordCamp Sheffield 2014) had built upon an open source project by Michel Valdrighi called cafeblog (or b2, depending on how you remember it) and created a platform that bloggers flocked to in their droves. Some will say this was partly down to the failings of other platforms in the space at the time, but there’s no denying Matt, Mike and co. had started something special.

In 2015, the WordPress platform powers around 24% of the web, putting it in clear 1st place when it comes to the CMS popularity contest, ahead of Drupal & Joomla et al.

But WordPress is so much more than blogging platform, CMS or API, it’s a global community, a foundation for countless successful enterprises and the root cause of a lot of parties/hangovers (more than you’d think).

As much as WordPress has changed over the years, it has long remained a mainstay with developers all over the globe, myself included.

I’ve grown to love WordPress since we started using it in 2008 and, even though I can’t sit here and tell you it’s the easiest thing in the world to use, it’s changed the way we do things for the better and it means we can now pass those benefits onto our customers.

  • Streamlining development processes
  • Offering improved performance and security
  • Sticking to industry best practices
  • Managing change control

All possible by carefully selecting tried, tested and trusted plugins, themes and hosting – all supported by a global community of WordPress fanatics.

WordPress is the ONLY platform we use for creating websites, we’ve completely embraced the software and the culture … and so should you.