The first thing I want to say is that it’s been a wild ride. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without WordPress in my life. It has changed many parts of me, it has helped me make amazing friends (and continue meeting new ones), and it has helped teach me a lot.
The simple concept of WordPress is that it’s a blogging platform, well, at least that’s what Matt originally spun it off to be. WordPress is so much more than just a blogging application now. It powers a multitude of high-end websites and offers functionality so beyond blogging.
10 years of WordPress
So what are some things I’ve seen over the past 10 years of WordPress? A lot is an understatement.
I remember when…
- “Pages” didn’t exist. They used to be “virtual directories” and were difficult at best to create and manage
- Hello Dolly was the coolest plugin for WordPress
- Caching wasn’t even a glitter in anyone’s eye
- WordPress was not for the enterprise
- WordPress could only handle a single website
- WordPress had to be in the same directory that you wanted to serve up WordPress
- WordPress introduced different post statuses (published, draft, and private)
- WordPress 1.0 introduced SEO-friendly links
- Sub-categories were introduced
- Automatic thumbnails were introduced
- A “post preview” became available…such a saving grace!
A quick glimpse at the WordPress release history
|Dec 11, 2012||WordPress 3.5 “Elvin”|
|Jun 13, 2012||WordPress 3.4 “Green”|
|Dec 12, 2011||WordPress 3.3 “Sonny”|
|Jul 4, 2011||WordPress 3.2 now available|
|Feb 23, 2011||WordPress 3.1, lots of fun|
|Jun 17, 2010||WordPress 3.0 "Thelonious"|
|Dec 19, 2009||WordPress 2.9, oh so fine|
|Jun 11, 2009||2.8 Released|
|Dec 11, 2008||WordPress 2.7 "Coltrane"|
|Jul 15, 2008||WordPress 2.6|
|Mar 29, 2008||WordPress 2.5|
|Sep 25, 2007||WordPress 2.3|
|May 16, 2007||WordPress 2.2|
|Jan 22, 2007||WordPress 2.1 Ella|
|Dec 31, 2005||WordPress 2|
|Feb 17, 2005||Announcing WordPress 1.5|
|May 22, 2004||WordPress 1.2|
|Jan 3, 2004||WordPress 1.0|
|Oct 11, 2003||0.72 Final Version Available|
|Jun 9, 2003||WordPress 0.71 Now Available|
|May 27, 2003||WordPress Now Available|
The Community, the team, and new friends
WordPress, the community, the founders, and now the wonderful team behind it at Audrey Capital and WordPress.com, a huge thank you to everyone. I also want to give a special thank you to (in alphabetical order): Dre Armeda, Travis Ballard, Michael Bastos, Aaron Brazell, Donncha O Caoimh, Brandon Dove, Ryan Duff, Carl Hancock, John Hawkins, Tony Perez, Deb Puchalla, Margaret Roach, Andy Stratton, Devin Walker, Brad Williams. I know there are people I left out and I apologize if I left you out. I’ve made some amazing friends over the past 10 years, through WordPress, and for all of you I am very thankful.
Thank you WordPress. Thank you everyone.
In the past 10 years, how has WordPress changed your life?