Happy 17th Birthday, WordPress!

Did you know that it was WordPress’ 17th birthday yesterday. Back on May 27th, 2003, the software called WordPress, was created as a fork of the popular b2/cafelog blogging software. No one expected WordPress to have grown and matured at such a pace.

WordPress has come a long way. At the point of writing, WordPress powers 36.7% of the top 10 million websites. No mean feat considering WordPress does not have the advertising budget of competing platforms like Wix, Squarespace and Shopify.

WordPress back in 2003
WordPress back in 2003

In the next 12 months, we will see the gradual maturation of Project Gutenberg, which makes WordPress, almost a full site builder. Full Site Editing (FSE) is coming to WordPress #Core late 2020.

As we’re still under the Covid-19 lockdown in many parts of the world, Matt Mullenwerg advises us to “put on some jazz, eat some BBQ, light a candle for the contributors who have passed on, help a friend or stranger less technical than you build a home online, and remember that technology is at its best when it brings people together” in his poignant post to celebrate WordPress’ 17th birthday.

Stay safe, guys. Till then, let’s meet and chat on the WPStarters Facebook Group.

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Leo Koo
I run a small agency building and maintaining turnkey and bespoke WordPress sites. I also review WordPress plugins and digital marketing tools while running this site and the WPStarters Facebook Group. Do swing by and say hi :)
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