Who Made WordPress?
Millions of people use WordPress around the world but few know the history of WordPress.
It’s been estimated that there are over nine million who use the self hosted version found on WordPress.org, and nearly 73 million use the version hosted on the domain from WordPress.com. Both versions are free but you need your own domain name to use the former.
To understand who made WordPress we have to go back a little. WordPress had a humble beginning and wasn’t even known by it’s current name, which is normally the case with software which was an off-shoot, or fork, of an exiting software project.
The project code, which would later become WordPress, was actually a piece of software used in conjunction with a common database known as MySQL; you may have heard of it. The code was whats known as, free and open source software, meaning anyone had the right to copy, use and change it and even improve on its design. So, in 2003 a couple of programmers took the code and branched off into their own project; this is known as a software fork. This fork, can be considered the origin of WordPress and was created by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little.
WordPress hit its heyday when it enjoyed being the strongest brand of any open source content management systems software in existence for which it won the Packet best Open Source CMS Award.
Since then, WordPress has become the largest Web Content Management System software tool in the world. It’s popularity is unparallelled because it enables the average person, with little or no knowledge of how to program or write code, to create and manage their own website relatively easy. You can learn how to use it to it’s full capacity with my WordPress Training Videos system.
As you may know, WordPress contributors have authored thousands of available themes for users to choose from. WordPress comes with a default theme, the one which I use in my training course, which you can change to one from the available themes library . But it wasn’t always this way.
Back in the day, 2007, users could choose from a variety of “sponsored themes” created by developers who would embed advertisements within the themes. These theme creators received revenue from the advertisers they sponsored in their themes. Much of the ads in these themes were later deemed as spam, and was confusing to users, so the WordPress “powers that be” decided to eliminate these so-called sponsored themes.
Now, the inclusion of themes for WordPress.org are controlled by stringent guidelines and typically all you will see is the theme authors name and maybe a link to their site. Sponsored themes still exist, however, through third party entities.
One thing I’ll also say about themes is that they come in all flavors and each has it’s own peculiarities. But once you know how to “get around” in WordPress you’ll catch on quick to how the theme is structured.
As of this writing, the most current version of WordPress is version 3.3.1. There have been about 18 versions released since it’s inception and there is sure to be more.
Technology is moving very fast and to keep up the ever changing environment, the WordPress community is keeping on it’s toes to constantly provide an up to date and crisp platform for the user.
As with any type of software there have been vulnerabilities within the program in the past. This is separate from buggy or simply bad code. A lot of the issues which cropped up in the past have been spam related issues, or outdated software. WordPress has not had any “eye opener” software vulnerabilities since about 2007 in version 2.1.1, which were largely related to blogs using adsense on their site.
I’ve been using WordPress for a couple of years and have had no problems. Of course I do recommend protecting your WordPress installation with one of the best security plugins I’ve seen. The plugin is called Bullet Proof Security. Get the plugin and then watch my two part video, in the members area, on how to install it because the setup can be a little tricky.
Support For WordPress
Remember, WordPress is a free and open source piece of software. It’s the most popular blogging tool out there and it’s ongoing development is really a community effort filled with programmers, volunteers and beta testers. Pretty much anyone can contribute; if you have the know-how of course.
Support will always be there first and foremost from the main .org site of course. And, there are also tons of forums and contributing WordPress websites which provide invaluable help as well.
WordPress developers and enthusiasts also have monthly WordCamp conferences all around the world several times a month. So if you’re really, really into WordPress you can attend one of these events and rub elbows with casual users as well as core developers.
There are so many good things we can say about this software and I hope this short bit of WordPress history has been helpful.
Check out the free video section where you’ll see clips from my course as I walk members through the construction of a WordPress website;this website. Then join us in the members area.