News Courtesy of wpbeginner.com:
Do you want to know about the history of WordPress? If you are starting a WordPress blog or website today, then you see a popular website builder which powered more than 31% of all websites on the internet. In this article, we want to take a look back at the history of WordPress to show you how it evolved over time.
The story of WordPress tells us how open source communities work to make something so useful without compromising software freedom. WordPress project is driven by a community of dedicated developers, users, and supporters (Related: Why is WordPress free?).
WordPress started out because the development of an existing blogging software b2/cafelog was discontinued by their main developers. In 2003, two users of b2/cafelog, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, decided to build a new platform on top of b2/cafelog.
The article does a great job of breaking down significant moments throughout the history of WordPress. It’s really amazing to see how the platform has transformed and evolved over all these years. Especially, the admin interface.
I remember getting my first taste of web design with WordPress back in 2012. Even then, it looked a lot different. The design of the backend was adequate enough. However, when compared to the latest version, it definitely doesn’t look as polished. With theme and plugin authors competing for sidebar space, it is necessary to allow designers easy access to settings and features for quick changes.
Little things such as putting icons next to installed plugins was like a new coat of paint on WordPress. It’s not necessary but it is appreciated. That’s what I love about this platform. It caters to everyone. Whether you are a blogger, designer, developer; the WordPress team treats them all equally. Having such an inclusive group is probably how the platform has come to power almost a third of the websites on the internet. That number looks like it won’t be slowing down any time soon!