Millions of businesses around the world are using WordPress CMS to drive their online presence.So the Upcoming Monday,May 27-th, is definitely a great day for everyone from the WP community , especially for Matt and Mike.
It’s all started with Matt’s concern about cafelog not being updated , and Mike’s reply ”Matt,If you’re serious about forking b2 I would be interested in contributing. I’m sure there are one or two others in the community who would be too. Perhaps a post to the B2 forum, suggesting a fork would be a good starting point. ”.
After initiating the topic , hundreds of people started to demand a publishing platform which would be free to download, easy to use and very flexible.This is how WordPress was born.
It developed very fast, below is a fast glimpse over the major released versions and events(all their major releases are named in honor of jazz musicians they personally admire. ) compiled by year:
2003 , May 27 – v0.70 No musician chosen
2004, January 3 – v1.0 Miles Davis
May 22 – v1.2 Charles Mingus
The first plugin Hello Dolly was released by Matt Wollenberg
2005, February 17 – v1.5 Billy Strayhorn
WordPress Themes were introduced for WordPress 1.5
December 31 – v2.0 Duke Ellington
Akismet was added
2006, First WordCamp, more than 500 people attended the San Francisco event
2007, January 22 – v2.1 Ella Fitzgerald
Widgets were added.
May 16 – v2.2 Stan Getz
September 24 – v2.3 Dexter Gordon
Plugin Directory : 25.036 Plugins*, downloaded for 459.156.780 times and counting
2008, March 29 – v2.5 Michael Brecker
July 15- v2.6 McCoy Tyner
December 10 – v2.7 John Coltrane
Themes Directory : 1.764 Themes*, downloaded for 71.326.134 times and counting
2009, June 11 – v2.8 Chet Baker
December 18 – v2.9 Carmen McRae
2010, June 17 – v3.0 Thelonius Monk
Microsoft’s blogging platform Windows Live Spaces is being decommissioned
2011, February 23 – v3.1 Django Reinhardt
July 4 – v3.2 George Gershwin
December 12- v3.3 Sonny Stitt
2012, June 13 – v3.4 Grant Green
December 11 – v3.5 Elvin Jones
2013 May 24 – v3.6 still in development
Some interesting stats about WordPress you can find in this Infographics:
I hope that now, after joining one of the 600 (and counting) meetups you will have what to share with your friends.
*at the moment of writing there are