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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 Be careful with those domain extensions as Automattic, a company founded by the creator of WP, Matt Mullenweg runs 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 service, however that is the most popular choice. 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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