When was WordPress Created and Become Popular


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This post is about when was wordpress created, but lets look at some statistics first. As a fork of a classy weblog, today it powers 34.5% of the web and has a 61.2% market share of the CMS market. Each day, users make 41.7 million new posts and every month, they make 60.5 million new comments. That translates to 1.39 million new posts each day, 57,916 posts every hour and 965 posts every single minute.  If you take into account that each post is around 300 words, that means 300,000 words are being written every minute. You are probably wondering what we are talking about. Well, we are talking about WordPress, the world’s most popular open-source content management system.  With more than 1.1 million new registered domains every 6 months, WordPress is typically searched for more than 2.47 million times every month.  

The question is, when did WordPress become popular?  

A Brief History of WordPress  

Created as a fork of b2 cafelog by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little in 2003, the first version of WordPress (0.7) had the following features:  

  • Links manager
  • Texturize engine  
  • XHTML 1.1 compliant templates  
  • New Templates  


Plus, the ability to do manual excerpts.  

The new version 1.0 also called Davis brought new features to the CMS. They include browser installation, search engine permalinks, and multiple category support. The CMS also had an intelligent upgrade process, import enhancement, and better admin experience. This was very important when it comes to editing posts and comments.  

New features where just the start

In the same year, the WordPress team introduced a new version called Mingus. It added new features such as:  

  • Hierarchically category support  
  • OPML import and export  
  • Introductory language support  
  • Automatic thumbnail creation  
  • Multiple update service pinging  
  • Password encryption  

These features helped to lay the foundation of what WordPress is and will be in the future. 

The growth of WordPress

Since 2005, the WordPress team introduced new and exciting features to the CMS. For instance, a new theme system, static pages, and integration of plugins. It was in the same year that the WordPress Plugin Repository got created. This became a collaborative environment for users and Plugin Developers.  

Apart from the features above, WordPress had a new user role system, new back end UI WYSIWYG editor and persistent caching. By 2008, not only did the team introduce automatic upgrading, built-in plugin, sticky posts, and a new API but they won Info World’s Best of Open Source Software Awards: Collaboration.  

A year later, WordPress became winners of Open Source CMS Awards’ Overall Best Open Source CMS. Another major milestone during the same year was that WordPress had 140+ developers from around the world.  

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Popularity of WordPress  

When did WordPress become popular? The popularity of WordPress began in 2004 when Movable Type, a competing CMS software changed its licensing terms, from free to paid. Six Apart changed the terms resulting in its influential users migrating to WordPress. At the time, WordPress was only 1 year old and versions 1.0 and 1.2 were already released.  In 2005, Mullenweg drops out of college and founds Automatic, a web development corporation. The company is most notable for its contributions to WordPress open source CMS and WordPress.com. Since then, the company has raised more than $317.3 million in five funding rounded with the last funding round in 2014 resulting in the company being valued at 1.16 billion.  

Over the years, Automatic has acquired several companies including:  
  • IntenseDebate 
  • PollDaddy 
  • WooThemes  
  • Atavist 
  • Tumblr 

Intellectual property

Also, the company gave away its WordPress trademark and control over Buddy Press and bbPress to the WordPress Foundation.  

In 2010, WordPress became the winner of digital synergy’s Hall of Fame CMS category followed by the Bossie Award for Best Open Source Software in 2011. At the time, version 3.2 gets released. It was faster and lighter. The minimum requirements for PHP and MySQL were also upgraded to 5.2.4 and 5.0.15 respectively.  

Apart from these features, the team introduced Twenty Eleven, an HTML5 default theme, and fresh dashboard design. Since then, more features got introduced including a new block-based editor with showcase theme. Currently, WordPress supports a total of 37 languages and the current version (5.2) has been downloaded 42.5 million times.  

Can the others keep up – they are trying

Along with being the most popular CMS, WordPress is the fastest growing platform for more than a decade. Each day, 661 new WordPress sites are built compared to 186 Shopify websites. Well known news websites that use WordPress include: 

  • The New York Times 
  • Forbes 
  • CNN  

Fortune 500 company websites powered by WordPress include: 

  • eBay 
  • Sony 
  • Best Buy  

Today, 25% of WordPress users make a full time living off the platform. What you ought to know is that the rise of WordPress popularity has not been smooth.  

Over 8% of WordPress websites get hacked due to poor passwords. Sixty percent of hacked websites run an outdated version of WordPress. That is not all. Over 4,000 websites get infected with malware from a WordPress plugin. In fact, 54% of WordPress attacks come from plugins.  

Why WordPress Is Best for Your Business  

Finally, WordPress sites have suffered attacks in the past, but have overcome all of them successfully. There are several reasons why it’s perfect for businesses. It’s easy to set up, update and manage. It’s also easy to customize, easy to migrate and user-friendly. 

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