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How WordPress Came to Be
WordPress is today (as of 2018), the World’s favorite content management system. It powers over 70 million websites which are approximately 60% of all content managing system websites. However, what you see today was nothing in 2003. It all started back in the year 2000 while a blogger by the name Michel Valdrighi from France was trying to create something beautiful and worthwhile but did not know how to code. He created b2 which is the pioneer of WordPress. Due to his inexperience as a developer and due to lack of coding, this software was available to everyone.
He brought together a group of bloggers where people could contribute their ideas and ask him for technical support. This is where the WordPress community originated. In 2002, Michel Valdrighi underwent some hard moments which made him disappear and abandon his project. Fortunately, the story did not end there.
Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little came to rescue, and they were not willing to let the idea of an open-source website slip away. The two met online and discussed how they would use the already existing b2 to make something exciting, WordPress. It took a while before they started the project, but more people joined the team.
Ryan Boren came along in 2004 and created the plugin system which was a turning point for the project. More people started showing their interest in the project which made it hard for Little to handle making changes by himself. They needed to look for a way to make the software open for everyone. In the process, they discovered General Public License and announced that WordPress was going to be completely open and free. People attained the freedom to run the program for any purpose, study the way it works and they achieved the independence to distribute copies to others so that everyone would gain from it.
It took time and effort to get WordPress to where it is today. This is from the creation of the first WordCamp in 2006 to the invention of Automatic. Making a free, collaborative and open product to work is not an easy task.
In 2009, WordPress had already established itself as people’s favorite, and in 2010 to 2011, it went public. From 2012 to 2014, WordPress turned to an increasingly mature platform, made its move and now it is known worldwide helping millions of people.