We all use WordPress in one way or another, but we all started using it at different times. Think back: can you remember when you first started using WordPress? Can you remember the first WordPress website you ever ran, and what you did with it?[ref]This topic came after (and a bit during) last night’s WP Late Night Aftertaste with Dre Armeda and Aaron Jorbin. You’ve been listening, right?[/ref]
I think it would be fun to reminisce a bit about how we all got started with WordPress. I’ve added my first WordPress websites below, and you can share your own story in the comments.
My first WordPress website
I can’t quite recall the exact website I started using WordPress with, though I can nail it down to a couple of websites. I started developing with WordPress just as I began to build websites for myself and for others in a more serious way.
I was using PHP for a little while to include sidebars, headers, and footers in my websites to make them easier to manage. At some point after starting that I discovered WordPress in a Google search and found that the template system was an improved version of what I was trying to figure out on my own. So, from them on I started using WordPress for all of my websites. That was in 2006.
One of the first websites I built using WordPress was called Moxie Noetic, a music website for a friend of mine who made electronic music. Looking back, it actually didn’t have a blog or anything.
That was running WordPress 2.0.4. Ah, memories.
Around the same time that I put together Moxie Noetic (I can’t remember which one was first, honestly) I moved my portfolio site Aspiring Indie over to WordPress. The site is still up today, though I don’t freelance any longer.
Another version of the website, redesigned the same year, is below. Fun fact: for a while, back then, I did wedding videography and other documentary kinds of video projects.
So that’s how I started using WordPress. How about yourselves?