WordPress celebrates its 8th birthday today


Eight years ago today the first release of WordPress hit the interwebs. On May 27th, 2003 Matt Mullenweg first posted to the WordPress development blog that version 0.7 was available. Just for fun, the release post included these bullet points:

  • Texturize (formats things like curly quotes),
  • WordPress Links,
  • XHTML 1.1,
  • Highly Intelligent Line Breaks,
  • New Administration Interface,
  • Manual Excerpts, and
  • New Default Templates

Since that post there have been 14 major point releases, hundreds of contributors, and millions of downloads. Including hosted WordPress installations, WordPress is running on more than 45 million websites right now. That’s a lot. It’s actually difficult to verbalize just how far WordPress has come since that day in 2003. Perhaps the best way to illustrate what has been done is to jump into the comments ourselves.

What has WordPress meant to you since you started using it? How long have you been using it? Leave a comment sharing a bit, as a way to wish WordPress a happy eighth. Here’s to the next eight!

10 thoughts on “WordPress celebrates its 8th birthday today

  1. WordPress has done a lot for me in the last 5 or 6 years. Mainly the last three years, I’ve been able to freelance and — eventually — build my own businesses using WordPress. So it has given me a way to make money and sustain myself, on my own, that I might not have been able to do otherwise.

    I’ve met awesome people in this community, and wouldn’t want to work within any other. I’ve only recently started contributing to WordPress core, but I can already tell that will be very rewarding, personally.

    I also notice I have a lot of WordPress-labeled things anymore. Mugs, shirts, books… This could get out of hand very easily.

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  3. A few years ago I was building websites with Joomla!(pardon my language) but preferred building from scratch whenever I could. Since I’ve started using WordPress, I haven’t been able to even consider any other CSM. WordPress keeps me coding and clients love using it. It allows me to have full control over the code and functionality of each website I build. I no longer have to squeeze clients into core Joomla! functionaility and I can focus on what each website really needs. WordPress makes web development fun. If it wasn’t for WordPress I probably would have quite by now.

  4. I have used WP for a while, but I have never used WP as I have this year, my customers are loving it because of it robustness and flexibility of growth with all plugins, themes and more. So happy with WP.

    Happy bday WP

  5. Happy B’Day WordPress.
    What a great occasion on June 1 WebGUide4U also completes one year and have to say from last 2 years i’m working on WordPress and doesn’t even think of job anymore.
    In addition to add this, i work as a WordPress Consultant in WPWebHost. What anyone needs anymore?
    WordPress you changed my life….

  6. WordPress has allowed me to have my (birthday) cake and eat it too. I’m a writer and editor so my days are spent tinkering with the fine points of language, not code. I was pretty darn proud when I bought a book on HTML, learned how to build a basic site, and even managed to make it work! But PHP and all that jazz? Forget about it.

    WordPress is simply fabulous, and every time I push a shiny button in the dashboard and magic happens, I send a silent thank you to the collective talent that makes it possible.

    Happy birthday, WordPress.

  7. It’s been a hell of ride. Seeing this community from the early days to now shows a lot of contrast, and it seems to keep growing #ftw

    If I had to do it all over again, I would hope to see the same results, it has been a true pleasure to learn, build, and work with WordPress and its vibrant community.

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