History of WordPress – Journey from 2003 to 2020


History of WordPress: WordPress started out as a little known pet project. Today, it is a behemoth that powers a significant portion of the internet. 

The platform was co-founded by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little in 2003. 

Very few people know today that WordPress is based on an earlier project, named b2/cafelog.

Originally, a simple open-source platform, WordPress, gradually evolved into its present form as a powerful CMS that is ideal for almost every type of web project. It is powered by PHP and uses MySQL as the DBMS. 

Here is an overview of the evolution of WordPress, from its baby steps to the present giant of the internet.

History of WordPress

WordPress 0.7 
Launched on May 27, 2003.
b2/cafelog has about 2000 users.

WordPress 1.0 Miles Davis 
Launched on January 3, 2004
Minimalistic interface with performance improvements.

  • WordPress 1.2 Charles Mingus
  • Launched May 22, 2004
  • Came with the ability to manage and develop plugins.

WordPress 1.5 Billy Strayhorn
Launched on February 17, 2005
Template customization and comment control.

WordPress 2.0 Duke Ellington
Launched on May 22, 2004.
A text editor was introduced.

WordPress 2.1 Ella Fitzgerald
Launched on January 22, 2007
A new interface and an orthographic corrector.

WordPress 2.2 Stan Getz
Launched on May 16, 2007
Optimization of the loading speed of the CMS.

WordPress 2.3 Dexter Gordon
Launched on September 24, 2007.
Tags and user notifications for CMS updates.

WordPress 2.5 Michael Brecker
Launched on March 29, 2008
Improved UI and widgets

WordPress 2.7 John Coltrane
Launched on December 10, 2008
Streamlined performance

WordPress 2.8 Chet Baker
Launched in June 11, 2009
Browse entire theme directory, single click theme install, CodePress editor

WordPress 2.9 Carmen McRae
Launched in December 18, 2009
Global undo/trash feature, built-in image editor, batch plugin update

WordPress 2.1 Ella Fitzgerald
Launched on January 22, 2007
A new interface and an orthographic corrector.

WordPress 3.1 Django Reinhardt
Launched on February 23, 2011
A new Admin bar and improved taxonomy

WordPress 3.2 George Gershwin
Launched on July 4, 2011
Faster and lighter with improved typography, design, and code.

WordPress 3.3 Sonny Stitt
Launched on December 12, 2011
New drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus, and pointer tips

WordPress 3.4 Grant Green
Launched on June 13, 2012
The all-new theme customizer.

WordPress 3.5 Elvin Jones
Launched On December 11, 2012.
Re-designed flow for uploading media and creating new galleries.

WordPress 3.6 Oscar Peterson
Launched on August 1, 2013.
A new Twenty Thirteen Theme, revamped revisions history, menu editor, built-in HTML5 editor, post locking and autosave.

WordPress 3.7 Count Basie
Launched on October 24, 2013
Automatic maintenance and security updates, strong password recommendations, and Global Support.

WordPress 3.8 Charlie Parker
Launched on December 12, 2013.
A changed look for the admin dashboard and clean typography.

WordPress 2.1 Ella Fitzgerald
Launched on January 22, 2007
A new interface and an orthographic corrector.

WordPress 4.0 Benny Goodman
Launched in September 4, 2014.
Improved writing and management experience, grid preview and embed YouTube videos via URL only.

WordPress 4.1 Dinah Washington
Launched on December 18, 2014.
A new Twenty Fifteen Theme and multiple language option.

WordPress 4.2 Bud Powell
Launched on April 23, 2015.
Extended character support for mobile devices.

WordPress 4.3 Billie Holiday
Launched on August 18, 2015.
Optimization and easy formating.

WordPress 4.4 Clifford Brown
Launched on December 8, 2015.
A new theme Twenty Sixteen and responsive web design.

WordPress 4.5 Coleman Hawkins
Launched in April 12, 2016.
Streamlined workflow, and live responsive previews.

WordPress 4.6 Pepper Adams
Launched in August 16, 2016
Streamline updates, native fonts, Editor improvements (inline line checker, content recovery).

WordPress 4.7 Sarah Vaughan
Launched on December 6, 2016.
A new theme Twenty Seventeen, edit shortcuts, Video Headers, PDF Thumbnails Preview, and dashboard in your language.

WordPress 4.8 Bill Evans
Launched in June 8, 2017
Exciting New Widgets ( Image, Video, Audio, and Rich Text), link boundaries.

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