Did you know: WordPress came out seven years before TikTok (2016), four years before Tumblr (2007) and the first iPhone (2007), beat Facebook to market by about a year (2004), and is about five weeks older than Tesla (July 2003).
2023 marks the 20th year of WordPress. Back in 2003 is when Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little forked b2/cafelog to create WordPress Version 0.70. Now here we are in 2023, the 9th year of me using WordPress. WordPress has been downloaded more than 2.8 billion times over the years. But, the most impressive stat is the project’s staggering 112,000 contributors, past and present, who have improved and energized WordPress with their passion, talent, and hard work. Where would the world of the internet be without WordPress as a platform for everyone to work on building sites? Just think about that for a minute! While many technologies, software stacks, and fashion trends have come and gone throughout the past two decades, WordPress has thrived. This is due to the fantastic work and contributions of the WordPress community, comprised of thousands of contributors and millions of users who have embraced the four freedoms of WordPress and the mission to democratize publishing.