WordPress - The Most Widely Used Blogging Software
WordPress is likely the most widely used software for weblogs on this planet. It’s a good enough reason to discuss geek topics instead of holiday plans, soccer championships, or “who’s with whom and when” during small talk at the next party.
Here are the facts:
- WordPress originated from the blogging system b2 Cafelog, whose development had stagnated at that time.
- b2 programmer Michel Valdrighi announced the development on 23.05.03 as follows:
Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little are leading the new WordPress branch of b2, that is going to become the new official branch once they get a release out. If you want to help with WordPress, don’t hesitate to contact either of them!
- Christine Tremoulet gave WordPress its name.
- WordPress Version 1.0 was released on Jan 3rd, 2004, and the software has been free to use since then.
- Today, WordPress serves as the foundation for millions of blogs with diverse content, such as travel reports, linguistic nuances, or essays on books, video games, and movies.
- In 2005, Matt Mullenweg founded his company “Automattic,” which operates the spam filter Akismet and the blog hosting service WordPress.com.
- Automattic currently has 18 employees but no physical office space. Matt’s apartment serves as the company’s address.
- There were rumors for a short time that Automattic would be acquired by Yahoo!
- Al Gore runs his blog on WordPress (and was promptly hacked).
- WordPress 2.4 will never be released.