If you have your own blog or are thinking of starting one, then you have most probably heard of WordPress. The blogging platform is known for its user-friendliness, excellent range of features and hundreds of easy-to-install plug-ins. There is a highly active developer community within WordPress that continually launches exciting new functions and capabilities. So, how did WordPress start?
The credit is Matt Mullenweg’s. Born on January, 11, 1984, Mullenweg is considered to be one of the most influential faces in the tech industry today. Some even claim that he has changed the internet for the better. The most widely-used blogging platform in the world, WordPress has been downloaded more than 35 million times and is used by some of the most visited websites in the world.
The inspiration behind one of the best ideas in the modern world, WordPress, is actually a simple one. After going on vacation in June 2002, Mullenweg wanted to share his experiences as a tourist. He started using the b2/cafelog and wasn’t pleased with its functionalities. He decided to develop his own blogging platform. He started WordPress with Mike Little, a co-founder.
Aside from the two founders, there were also a core group of developers who made WordPress what it is today. Key developers in the project include Mark Jaquith, Andrew Ozz, Ryan Boren, and Peter Westwood. The ingredients that made the open-source platform so successful are still in practice today. There are regular gatherings called the “WordCamp” wherein developers and users can meet each other. The WordCamp, held in San Francisco, is the WordPress’s official annual conference.
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