As WordPress enters its twelfth year, it’s interesting to reflect on what has been achieved in the last eleven .
Eleven years ago today, I left a comment on comment on Matt Mullenweg’s blog (back when it was photomatt.net) that kicked off a fork of the un-maintained b2/Cafelog blogging software that quickly turned into WordPress!
From those humble beginnings WordPress has matured into a world-beating open source CMS. B2/Cafelog was used by perhaps 2,000 bloggers. Now WordPress runs almost 75 million sites around the world. That’s now over 22% of the web!
WordPress as an industry continues to grow
WordPress supports a world-wide, billion dollar, industry from WordPress specialists like me (I’ve completed my fifth year trading as my company zed1.com); small WordPress-based companies like Code for the People and Human Made; through to multi-million dollar companies like Copyblogger, WooThemes, and of course Automattic.
Here’s to the next year
Last year saw the releases of versions 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8. Each improving in many ways on what as become the world’s favourite CMS. WordPress 3.9 is being worked on now, and I predict it will be another great year for WordPress.
Update: This should have been published on the 25th, but I seem to have missed clicking the publish button!