20 Years of Astonishing Success of World’s Favourite CMS, WordPress

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Published on :29-May-2024

In May 2003, a simple yet revolutionary and powerful content management system (CRM) was born. The co-founders of WordPress Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little had started it as a simple blogging platform. But over the past 20 years, it has grown into a widely used, powerful, versatile CMS that powers over 40% of all websites on the internet. Let’s take a look at its hugely successful journey and the community that fuels its growth. We at AHA Technocrats started developing PIXEL perfect and intuitive websites in very early years of wordpress.

The Birth of WordPress
WordPress was developed as a fork of b2/cafelog, a project that had stalled. Co-founders , Mullenweg and Little aimed to build a system that emphasized simplicity, aesthetics, adhering to web standards, and usability. The first version, WordPress 0.7, was released on May 27, 2003. It included basic features like text formatting, a simple user interface, and an admin panel.

Early Growth and Popularity from 2004-2005
To make the platform more robust, powerful and easy to use and fast to develop, WordPress introduced plugins and themes, which allowed users to enhance the functionalities and customize their websites without touching the core code. This proved to be the real game-changer, making WordPress highly flexible, intuitive, cost effective and attractive to a broader audience.

Dashboard & Widgets – 2008 :
In 2008 WordPress introduced the dashboard and widgets that made site management easier, user friendly and more intuitive.

Becoming a Complete CMS – 2010
In 2010 with the merger of WordPress MU (Multi-User) with wordpress in version 3.0 mark the WordPress’s transition from a simple blogging tool to a robust and complete content management system (CMS). Now users can create a network of website with a single installation

Enabling Updates – 2013
In 2013 with the launch of WordPress 3.7, it introduces automatic background updates for minor update releases, enhancing security and usability.

Coming of Gutenberg and the Block Editor – 2018
In 2018, wordpress introduce on the of most significant changes in many years with the introduction of the Gutenberg block editor with WordPress 5.0 version release. This new editor allows users to build complex layouts with a simple drag-and-drop interface.

Community-Behind-WordPress

One of the Most Active Community Behind WordPress
As we know WordPress is an open source and its development is driven by a global community of contributing developers. Developers, designers, translators, and enthusiasts from around the globe collaborate to improve and make the platform more attractive and useful. This community frequently conducts events like WordCamps, meetups etc where members gathers to share knowledge and foster innovation.

WordPress has revolutionise and democratized web publishing. It’s easy to develop CMS, user-friendly interface, thousands of plugins and extensibility have enabled millions of individuals and small businesses to establish an impressive online presence. From personal blogs and small business websites to major news outlets and e-commerce stores, WordPress is the backbone of a diverse array of sites.

WordPress’s astonishing success from a humble beginning of a blogging platform to become the most popular CMS of the world is the testament of power of open-source collaboration and community-driven innovation.
WordPress has revolutionise and democratized web publishing. Its easy to develop CMS, user-friendly interface, thousands of plugins and extensibility have enabled millions of individuals and small businesses to establish an impressive online presence. From personal blogs and small business websites to major news outlets and e-commerce stores, WordPress is the backbone of a diverse array of sites.

Happy anniversary, WordPress!
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