WordPress is the most popular content management system on the planet. With over 34% of websites running on this platform, we thought we would look at the history of it, how it transformed from a simple blogging system into its current form, how its community was born, and the ecosystem around WordPress.
The platform is changing how websites from all around the world work, with more power and performance than traditional websites or most other CMS systems. Because of the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) ability to change parts of your site, more and more people are becoming bloggers, webmasters, and internet marketers than ever before.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a content management system, or CMS for short, that helps bloggers and webmasters edit content on a regular basis without the need to use a traditional HTML editor software, for example, Dreamweaver or Frontpage. If you don’t even know what are those, consider yourself lucky.
WordPress itself is an open source software licensed under GPLv2 which means it’s free to use and free to modify. This package can be found on WordPress.org. Be careful with those domain extensions as Automattic, a company founded by the creator of WP, Matt Mullenweg runs WordPress.com which is a free, hosted version of the platform that lives on Automattic’s servers and they offer a couple of paid extras, for example you can use your own domain name, but you have to fork out a couple of bucks for this option. There are a few other options to get a free, hosted WordPress site other than Automattic’s WordPress.com service, however that is the most popular choice.
WordPress.org is the self-hosted version, that you can run on your own servers (if you have any) or purchase a hosting package from one of the numerous web hosting companies, for example, Kinsta, WPEngine, Siteground, Flywheel, GoDaddy, HostGator, BlueHost and a litany of other third-party hosts. There are monthly costs to consider plus you’ll have to pay for your own domain name which can range from $3 to around $60 based on what domain extension you’ll choose: .com’s are the cheapest, while exotic TLDs like “.io” are usually more expensive.
Version of Word Press:
|Version||Code name||Release date|
|0.7||None||May 27, 2003|
|1.0||Davis||January 3, 2004|
|1.2||Mingus||May 22, 2004|
|1.5||Strayhorn||February 17, 2005|
|2.0||Duke||December 31, 2005|
|2.1||Ella||January 22, 2007|
|2.2||Getz||May 16, 2007|
|2.3||Dexter||September 24, 2007|
|2.5||Brecker||March 29, 2008|
|2.6||Tyner||July 15, 2008|
|2.7||Coltrane||December 11, 2008|
|2.8||Baker||June 10, 2009|
|2.9||Carmen||December 19, 2009|
|3.0||Thelonious||June 17, 2010|
|3.1||Reinhardt||February 23, 2011|
|3.2||Gershwin||July 4, 2011|
|3.3||Sonny||December 12, 2011|
|3.4||Green||June 13, 2012|
|3.5||Elvin||December 11, 2012|
|3.6||Oscar||August 1, 2013|
|3.7||Basie||October 24, 2013|
|3.8||Parker||December 12, 2013|
|3.9||Smith||April 16, 2014|
|4.0||Benny||September 4, 2014|
|4.1||Dinah||December 18, 2014|
|4.2||Powell||April 23, 2015|
|4.3||Billie||August 18, 2015|
|4.4||Clifford||December 8, 2015|
|4.5||Coleman||April 12, 2016|
|4.6||Pepper||August 16, 2016|
|4.7||Vaughan||December 6, 2016|
|4.8||Evans||June 8, 2017|
|4.9||Tipton||November 16, 2017|
|5.0||Bebo||December 6, 2018|
|5.1||Betty||February 21, 2019|
|5.2||Jaco||May 7, 2019|
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