As WordPress enters its thirteenth year, it’s interesting to reflect on what has been achieved in the last twelve.
Twelve 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 turned into WordPress!
From those beginnings WordPress has matured into a world-beating open source CMS. B2/Cafelog was used by perhaps 2,000 bloggers. Now WordPress runs millions of sites around the world. In fact over 23% of the web and still growing!
WordPress has had an interesting year as usual
For me, the past twelve months have been a mixed lot. Personally, I failed to meet a some key goals I set myself. Perhaps because I set too many! In other areas, things have gone well.
One of the things I helped to organise last year was WordCamp Manchester, where we kept it almost 100% local speakers, managed to achieve 50% female speakers on both tracks. Videos of all talk are available on WordPress.tv. We also had a well attended Contributor’s day. We are hoping to run another successful WordCamp Manchester later this year too.
My WordPress training has gone very well this year. I’ve really enjoy teaching in the classroom and interacting with the attendees. It’s personally very rewarding.
The Manchester WordPress User Group I run has gone from strength to strength with some great speakers and talks throughout the last year and plans for more this year. Our Meetup membership has grown to more than 500.
Out in the wider world, WordPress has continued to grow and gone from strength to strength. WordPress supports a world-wide, billion dollar, industry from WordPress specialists like me (I’ve completed my sixth year trading as my company zed1.com); growing WordPress-based companies like Human Made; through to multi-million dollar companies like Copyblogger, WooThemes, and of course Automattic.
Here’s to the next year
I predict it will be another great year for WordPress. I hope it will be a great year for me and you too.
How has your WordPress year been? And how do you think the next will be? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
Update: HumanMade, now sixteen strong, can hardly be described as ‘small’. I updated their mention.