From the ‘Little Blog Software That Could‘ files:
The open source WordPress blogging platform turned Nine years old on Sunday (first WordPress release was May 27, 2003). It’s hard to believe that it has been that long isn’t it? (I’ve been a user for the last 8).
WordPress started out as a ‘simple’ blogging platform that valued the user interface and ease-of-use over fancy knobs and deep features.
The focus on usability and adherence to standards has been the hallmark of WordPress in every release since. It’s a focus that has propelled WordPress to become one of the most widely used open source projects on the web today, powered over 10 percent of all websites.
WordPress as a platform has also evolved beyond just being a hobbyist blogging platform. Today it’s a feature rich Content Management System used by companies big and small.
WordPress has always been and remains to this day, one of the easiest ways possible to publish content on the web. Sure there have been (and are) competitors, but where is Moveable Type today? Sure Blogger is around but it’s still not an open source platform.
Open Source has fueled WordPress’ adoption and success for nine years and hopefully will do so for many more years to come.
Looking forward, WordPress developers are working on version 3.4 which is currently at the first release candidate stage. As has been the case over the last nine years, this is an evolutionary release providing incremental feature improvements. Users will benefit from new custom header control and an improved theme customization and picking engine.
WordPress 3.4 will also be more stable than its previous release, with over 500 fixed bugs. That’s also the key to WordPress’ nine years of success, with a track record of eliminating bugs that makes this ‘blogging’ software best of breed and choice of millions around the world.