Do you ever have those situations when you think you know a lot about a subject only to find out there is much more to it than you ever imagined? This is a pretty common feeling for coders and developers. It also happened to us when diving into the history of WordPress.
It’s hard to imagine a world without Facebook and Twitter. That’s basically when the internet really started, right? Well for those who remember a time without tweets and Snapchat, there was a world on the web without social media. One thing present online before Facebook and Twitter was WordPress. Largely credited with giving non-technical users the ability to build their own corner of the web for whatever they want. WordPress has risen in popularity from its humble beginnings to be the leading CMS on the internet, powering about one-third of all websites.
If you’re familiar with WordPress, that’s probably a statistic you’re familiar with. For this blog, we wanted to take a deep dive into WordPress and find some of the lesser-known facts about the website-building giant.
Established May 27, 2003
A year before Facebook and three years before Twitter, WordPress was founded by Matt Mullenweg. At the time, Matt was only 19 years old and a freshman at the University of Houston. After a few failed attempts at open source blogging platforms, Matt took to the internet to write about his feelings, as we all did with things like Xanga or LiveJournal. To his surprise, a man named Mike Little commented asking if he would want to work together on a project. Mike Little would become Matt’s co-founder of WordPress just months later.
No Owner and No CEO
One of the main foundations of WordPress is to provide an open source environment. To do that, WordPress has no CEO and isn’t owned by a company. There is a WordPress trademark, owned by the WordPress Foundation. As an open source project, volunteers and developers can submit patches, bug fixes and suggested features. This community participation is what makes WordPress so well-liked and widely used.
With so many websites using WordPress, it’s no surprise that there are millions of blogs out there. The number of words written per day on WordPress total 542 million words. That’s the equivalent of writing Lord of The Rings more than 460,000 times every single day! So, who’s reading all of these words? More than 409 million people view more than 20.7 billion pages each month.
WordPress wouldn’t be what it is today without the robust suite of plugins available to make sites capable of things like transactions, scheduling, and directly contacting a company or organization from the website. To date, there have been more than 1.48 billion plugin downloads. Users can make their websites do just about anything thanks to the open source community and widely available free plugins. The community has created more than 50,000 free plugins, not including the paid plugins available for purchase.
The internet connects people all across the globe. WordPress isn’t just the top CRM for the United States, it tops the charts across the world. Of course, this means that WordPress has to adapt to many languages to meet the needs of people outside of English speaking countries. WordPress is available in more than 65 languages, and sites can be designed to translate into a number of different languages.
Since the first update, each WordPress update is named after a jazz musician. Starting with Miles Davis, WordPress stands by its signature phrase, “Code is Poetry”. The jazz artist naming convention came from the understanding of code as poetry, and the core developers undying love for jazz music. They continue to use jazz musicians as update names to date, the most recent update being Billy Tipton.
Also, this is Wapuu, WordPress’ unofficially-official mascot. Created by a Japanese artist, Wapuu has gone world-wide and can be found on so much swag you might think he’s a Pokemon.
As the WordPress community increases, job openings for WordPress developers and plugin developers continues to grow alongside it. Being the most used CRM, businesses and organizations across all industries use WordPress. This wide use has created a massive demand for professionals with experience using WordPress. Skills in WordPress can get you a job in anything from creative agencies, to developer, and beyond. WordPress is a great place to get started as a developer because it is fairly easy to get started in and lays the groundwork for more complex development. Not to mention the career opportunities just from knowing WordPress.
Are you looking to make a change in your career or be more attractive to potential employers? It might be time to learn about WordPress and be the employee the business can’t get by without. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us and we would love to talk with you about our courses and opportunities.