History of WordPress and Why it Became the Most Popular CMS


WordPress has a deep and rich history spanning over the last 13 years. Born from humble beginnings in 2003, it was born out of a need to develop a personal online publishing platform built on open source technology like PHP and MySQL.

Today, WordPress powers more than 22% of all websites on the internet. That’s a huge number considering there are well over a billion web pages Google knows of, and thousands pop up each day. The biggest reason of WordPress popularity is perhaps due to the fact that it is free and open source. You don’t pay to use WordPress.

But what most people don’t know is that WordPress wouldn’t exist, if it wasn’t for the grit of two web developers back in 2003. Matt Mulleweg and Mike Little were developers for the now defunct b2/cafelog blogging platform. When b2/cafelog was discontinued, the duo decided to build WordPress from b2/cafelog. Back then, they had no idea of how insanely popular WordPress would become. They had no idea that they would create a whole new industry and thousands of jobs.

However, the first version of WordPress was nothing to write home about. It was however received well by the community as it featured an admin panel, that wasn’t included in b2/cafelog. It was the second version of WordPress in 2004 that really wowed the community.

Version two came with a Plugin Architecture that allowed users to extend the functionality of WordPress. Developers could now write code and plug it into WordPress to add things not in the base platform.

While WordPress was making stride after stride, the blogging industry was moving in the opposite direction. The market leader then, Movable Type, announced its new licensing terms which, to say the least, were not liked by users. People turned to look for new blogging software, and WordPress 1.2 accommodated almost all of their desires. Today, it is yet to disappoint.

The new uptake meant that the new blogging platform received more help from the community. In 2005, the fifth version of WordPress came out complete with pages, comments, and moderation tools. It also came packed with a new Theme System that, according to the words of Matt was very flexible and adaptable to the needs of the user.

By the time version 6 came out, the community was accustomed to better improvements every time. Not to disappoint, version 6 had a complete overhaul of the admin panel. The user interface was improved and did not require users to reload a page to make modifications in most features.

WordPress is continuously evolving, and every time a new version comes out, it is way better than the last version.



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