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The History of WordPress Blogging Software

The history of wordPress

The History of WordPress began more than a decade ago, to become the largest self – hosted blogging tool in today’s world, used on innumerable number of sites and viewed by even more people, everyday. WordPress, which started as just another blogging system, is now the most popular blog publishing application and the strongest Content Management System (CMS), made by PHP and MySQL, with thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes, open to the user’s imagination and customization. It is an OpenSource project where everything, from the documentation to even the code, was made by and for the community. Millions of people around the globe work on it at every hour – thus it is an immensely popular platform, free for anyone’s use, for any kind of write – ups, without paying any necessary license fee or any other required freedoms.



WordPress is, according to reports, the most famous website management or blogging system, over the internet. More than 27.5% of the top 10 million websites, use WordPress, as surveyed in February, 2017. It has been used for other application domains like pervasive display systems (PDS).

WordPress was released on May 2, 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, as a fork of b2/cafelog, under the GPLv2 license. Till August 2010, there were more than 125 lakhs of downloads of the WordPress version 3.0. Till 2012, WordPress 3.4 had more than 30 million downloads, and the recent edition, WordPress 4.7, already has more than 69,097,243 downloads.

The History of WordPress:

The pioneer of the WordPress is B2 and CAFELOG organization. After the making of WordPress, until May 2003, B2 and CAFELOG organization want to host at least 2000 blog. WordPress is the combination of CMS PHP framework and MySQL database. Michael Vandrighi has modernized it, who is the developer of WordPress and official Pioneer of WordPress. He is also the active member of B2evaluation.

In 2003 WordPress was a little project of B2EVALUATION by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Recently we call WordPress, but the name given by Matt Mullenweg’s friend Christin Sellek Trimulet.

In 2004 another blogging software Movable Type made by Six Apart changes their rules and regulations. Then most of the users left Movable Type and came to WordPress and increase the WordPress’ destiny.

In 2009, according to Open Source Content Management System Share Market Report, in 2009 WordPress achieves more popularity and success as an Open Source Content Management System than their target. In this way, WordPress (The History of WordPress) has achieved its place in this virtual world.

The year 2015 was immensely successful in the history of WordPress, because of the following reasons –

  • WordPress has powered more than 25% of all websites.
  • 70% of the agencies state that the traffic of the WordPress site and platform is growing.
  • 60% of the agencies state that the WordPress budget has increased in a few years.
  • 90% of the agencies prefer WordPress mostly due to the easy usage facilities.
  • Three primary factors why agencies prefer using WordPress are – 64% prefers it for security, 58% for performance, and 52% for its latest remarkable features.

We can categorize WordPress Industry usage as:

  • 79% Local Business
  • 55% Individuals
  • 53% Brands
  • 44% Education
  • 36% Media
  • 30% Public Companies
  • 22% Government
  • 13% Non – profits

To know details of WordPress blogging software:  What is WordPress and how does it work

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Sohini Chakrabarti

Hello, this is Sohini Chakrabarti, from Kolkata, India. I have always loved reading a lot, and then, as I grew up, I started writing too. So, now I am into content writing, as I really like writing on various topics. If you like my writing style and the kind of stuff I write, do share them with others. Thank you.