WordPress is nine years old today


On May 27th, 2003, Matt Mullenweg announced the availability of the first release of WordPress, version 0.7. He and Mike Little became the co-founders of a little project that, in the years since, has made a big impact on web publishing.

A lot has happened in the last year. If you have the desire to reminisce a bit, browse through our post archives starting last May and see just how much has happened since then.[ref]Speaking of which, check out the eighth birthday post for another blast from the not-so-distant past.[/ref] The WordPress community is a busy one!

If you’re in the mood to thank people today, you can thank WordPress co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, the hundreds of contributors to WordPress core over the years, support forum moderators and the theme review team, anyone who has made a theme or plugin that you’ve used, or maybe even the person who first introduced you to WordPress.

And looking forward, don’t forget that Mullenweg has made some interesting goals for the next year of WordPress development.

For the comments below, let us know how long you’ve used WordPress. Have you made decent progress in your career or hobby in the last year? What do you want to see the next year bring? And just think, as Ryan Duff joked on Twitter, about what we have to look forward to as WordPress approaches that “defiant teenager” age.

13 thoughts on “WordPress is nine years old today

  1. A friend reminded me tonight that I helped him set up his WordPress blog 8 years ago. I had already been using WP for a little while at that point, so I guess I’ve been around pretty much from the beginning.

    I’ve been using WP professionally all this time and I just started a full-time business this past year, selling plugins and building client sites on WordPress. You could say that WordPress has been good to me.

  2. 9 Years Young…

    I’ve been using WordPress since 2006. It’s been an amazing journey and I’m proud to be a part of such an amazing community.

    I’m curious where WordPress will go. I really enjoyed watching Matt at WordCamp San Francisco take a look back through all the versions of WordPress and watch it again from time to time. I look forward to how that will look in another 8-9 years.

    Happy Birthday WordPress!

  3. Transferred my blog from Blogger to WordPress in 2006. I had been playing with .com for a quite some time before making my move. I wanted to be sure I got just what I wanted. And WordPress delivered. Three days after buying my own domain and getting my custom design together, I opened up shop. Six years on I’m still happy with it. 🙂

  4. I’ve been with WordPress since 2005ish. Using it for the blog portion on sites and then moving to do away with our custom programmed content management system. WordPress then proved to be more resourceful and continues to show itself more valuable all of the time.

    So then since WordPress is 9 years old and the internet is only around 20 years old. That’s sort of amazing to look at in comparison!

  5. I have been using wordpress for just over two years now. Thanks to WordPress I have a full time job.

  6. I Remember that I actually didn’t like WordPress in the beginning (2004 when I first tried it); I was one of those roll-your-own system script kiddies, and I’m thankful for the understanding doing that gave me. In 2007 I actually built my own website using WordPress; Largely due to a lack of time, I chose the system as being faster than a roll-your-own bespoke CMS. By this time WordPress had enough features to work from and I believe was in the 2.x.x revision. I remember even in 2007, WordPress gave very little and the community was still very immature, the documentation needed polishing but I was pleased at the complex systems I plugged into WordPress.

    Now there is an entire community and clients come to me asking for WordPress websites, Plugins, Themes, Child-Themes and advice on making WordPress play nice with their other systems. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the evangelists and supporters that made a choice in the beginning and stuck with it and to the developers that continually strove to polish their product into something workable. Great article, very nostalgic…

  7. WP has been 9 years old 🙂

    My journey with WP started in 2009, when a friend of mine showed me how easy it is to make A WP blog. I was amazed with the power of WP. Until now, every site of mine is based on WordPress 🙂 I love it, with all my heart. When some people ask me to help them set up a website, I’ll say: WORDPRESS of course

  8. I’ve been using WordPress since Strayhorn in 2005 – hard to believe it’s been that long!

    Harder still to believe that what started as a site for my photography studio segued into first a career as a freelance developer, and now my gig at StudioPress/Copyblogger. It’s not exaggerating to say that WordPress completely changed my life! 😉

    It will be interesting to see where things go in the next 9 years…

  9. Cant beleive it’s 9 years old \o/ how the years fly past at times seems like only yesterday was 2007 when I first used wordpress 🙂 Happy Birthday.

  10. I think WordPress is very especial to me and reminds me a lot of things because WP started from the date I started my online business. It kind of changed the way we see web publishing and it continues to reshape the way we see the web today. Looking forward for more valuable changes WP will bring in the future.

    – Jules Mariano of Total Bounty

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