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WordPress (WordPress.org) is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) written in PHP[4] and paired with a MySQL or MariaDB database. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system, referred to within WordPress as Themes. WordPress was originally created as a blog-publishing system but has evolved to support other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, membership sites, learning management systems (LMS) and online stores. WordPress is used by more than 60 million websites,[5] including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019,[6][7] WordPress is one of the most popular content management system solutions in use.[8] WordPress has also been used for other application domains such as pervasive display systems (PDS).[9]

WordPress was released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, American developer Matt Mullenweg[1] and English developer Mike Little,[10][11] as a fork of b2/cafelog. The software is released under the GPLv2 (or later) license.[12]

To function, WordPress has to be installed on a web server, either part of an Internet hosting service like WordPress.com or a computer running the software package WordPress.org in order to serve as a network host in its own right.[13] A local computer may be used for single-user testing and learning purposes.

WordPress is a classic case of getting rich on the Internet by giving stuff away. It started with an idea for improving an existing blogging platform and grew to be the most popular content management system on the Internet. It all started in 2003 with Matt Mullenweg, Mike Little, and a blogging platform called b2. Mullenweg wrote about the need he saw for a new platform with “the flexibility of MovableType, the parsing of TextPattern, the hackability of b2, and the ease of setup of Blogger.”

2003… In the beginning

Starting from the code base of b2, which was available under the GPL license, Mullenweg and Little released the first public version of the WordPress software on May 27, 2003. They called this version 0.7; version 1.0 followed in January of 2004. The code name for 1.0 was “Davis,” after Miles Davis, setting a pattern of naming releases after jazz musicians.


A series of releases followed rapidly, adding features such as plugins, pages, and comment moderation. WordPress grew rapidly in popularity, especially when its competitor Movable Type placed restrictions in 2004 on usage without a paid license. Many users switched to WordPress and never came back.


In 2005, Mullenweg founded the company Automattic, which created the website WordPress.com. WordPress.com allowed users to create their blogs without having to install the software, though it placed serious restrictions on the available options. It’s still a very popular site for people for setting up simple blogs at no cost and with very little effort.

Version 2 of the WordPress software, released on New Year’s Eve of 2005, featured major improvements. It offered a better administrative interface and editor, and blog owners could upload images. Subsequent releases of version 2, through 2009, improved all aspects of the software, added categories and change tracking, and made it easier to upgrade both the base software and plugins. These changes marked its growth from a blogging platform to a full-fledged content management system (CMS).


The WordPress community was growing rapidly. The first WordCamp took place in San Francisco in 2006, and over 500 of these conferences have taken place since then, in many countries.


A parallel project during this time was WordPress MU, which allowed multiple blogs from a single installation. Version 3 of WordPress (“Thelonious”), released in June of 2010, merged in WordPress MU and revamped the administrative UI. It introduced the “Twenty Ten” theme, starting the tradition of having an annual theme named after the year.

In the same year, Mullenweg founded the WordPress Foundation, dedicated to ensuring perpetual free access to its software projects. In addition to the WordPress software, these projects include WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, and the social networking software BuddyPress. Automattic transferred ownership of the WordPress trademark and logo to the WordPress Foundation.

By the time version 3 came out, WordPress had become the most popular open-source CMS in existence. A third of the 100 most popular blogs on the Web used the software. This rose to nearly half by 2012.


2011 saw the appearance of the WooCommerce plugin, which has become one of the most popular software bases for e-commerce sites. WooThemes, which developed WooCommerce, became part of Automattic in 2015.

The release of WordPress 4.0 (“Benny”) wasn’t quite as big a deal as the earlier major releases, but its subsequent releases added responsiveness to its strengths, reflecting the rapidly growing dominance of mobile devices on the Internet. Currently it stands at version 4.6.


Today, WordPress software is the basis for a quarter of the websites in the world and holds nearly 60% of the market share of all content management systems. In 2015 there were over 660 million posts on WordPress blogs. It’s not just for bloggers working out of their homes; major sites such as Variety, eBay, Xerox, and the New York Times use it. No doubt someday a new platform will dethrone WordPress, but its creators will have a lot of work to do.

So there you have it.. The History of WordPress Web Design.