WordPress completes 10 years, Celebrates with Web Community

It was 27th May,2003 when the earliest version of WordPress was released. A decade later, the platform dominates the blogging world completely. It has evolved from a simple blogging service to an indispensable tool for building websites and enabling communication across the web.

WordPress today, powers some of the high-profile sites on the Web and therefore has been a major influence in the growth of the Web as a whole. All credits to the community of bright and creative developers!

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What makes the blogging platform so popular is its open source service where you or anyone can make changes in the code to improve the blog and turn it into something that works best for him/her.

Second feature that makes it the ultimate choice for bloggers is that the service makes the process of online publication a breeze. Moreover, since it’s open source, there isn’t any need to get an approval for implementing a new feature. Best, you can use some third-party plugins too.

WordPress 10th Anniversary

WordPress was started by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little in 2003. Mullenweg was 19 years old then, a student at the University of Houston. Today he’s the owner of WordPress while his friend and co-founder Mike heads the web development consultancy. Here’s what Matt had to say on the WordPress hitting the decade mark and its achievements.

Has it really been 10 years? It seems just yesterday we were playing around on my blog, and the blogs of a few high school friends. Two of those friends are married, one isn’t anymore, two are still figuring things out, and one has passed away.

You were cute before you became beautiful. Wearing black and white, afraid of color, trying to be so unassuming. I know you got jealous when I wore those Blogger t-shirts. They were the cool kids at SxSW and I thought maybe you could grow up to be like them.

You wouldn’t have shirts of your own for a few more years. We didn’t know what we were doing when we made them and the logo printed ginormous. People called them the Superman shirt and made fun of them. But, oh, that logo — the curves fit you so well.

WordPress today powers over 55 million sites and the latest version has been downloaded over 20 million times. This website too uses WordPress software. As a blogger I can just wish – keep growing and developing, thanks WordPress!

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in technology and has an immense interest in following Microsoft and other technology developments around the world. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.