A brief history of WordPress

From it’s humble beginnings as a simple blogging platform in 2003, WordPress has revolutionised the way websites are designed & built.

WordPress now powers over 60 million websites worldwide.

We’re a WordPress agency because we believe it offers our clients the most stable, flexible, responsive and easy to manage website platform, and the stunning, modern and conversion-optimised sites we provide deliver measurable ROI.

Here is a brief history of how WordPress evolved into today’s web-platform of choice:

On 27th May 2003, creators Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little launched WordPress as a development of its predecessor b2/cafelog.

B2/cafelog was a blogging platform which was written by Michel Valdrighi in PHP, for use with MySQL.

The adoption rate of WordPress rocketed in 2004 when version 1.2 was launched, featuring the ability for users to write their own plugins and share them with the blogging community.

A new theme system was launched in 2005 with version 1.5, and later that year version 2.0 included a new user interface for the admin area, allowing users more control over their sites and the ability to make changes more quickly.

In 2006 , the company founded by WordPress co-founder Mullenweg Automattic), applied to trademark WordPress and the WordPress logo.

Version 2.5 was launched in 2008 with a new user interface designed by web design agency Happy Cog, followed by a usability study that led to version 2.7, which included a customisable UI.

In 2010, ownership of the WordPress trademark and logo was transferred from Automattic, the company founded by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, to the WordPress Foundation. This meant that WordPress was no longer dependent on one company and ensured it would continue to grow.

2010 also saw the launch of version 3.0 – a major update which included custom post types, a new default theme and MultiSite.

Version 3.3, launched in 2011 made WordPress easier to use and more appealing to novices.

By 2013, WordPress was widely acknowledged as the world’s most popular content management system. A flurry of updates led to version 3.8, which brought WordPress a new mobile responsive user interface and more default themes.

With millions of users, WordPress continues to evolve and with version 4.3 expected later this year promising improved focus on the mobile experience, it’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

For more information on WordPress, why Connected chose to become an exclusively WordPress agency, and how we can help you migrate your site, give us a call now.