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Blowing out the candles – WordPress turns 18

Since 2003, WordPress has been instrumental in making publishing software accessible to those with no coding experience. Today it does the same for e-commerce, facilitating billions of dollars in sales for businesses and independent stores. The COVID-19 pandemic created many opportunities for businesses to succeed as traditional brick-and-mortar businesses were forced to close their doors.

WordPress is our CMS of choice for many reasons and its future seems assured in a highly competitive space.

WordPress Tavern’s Sarah Gooding has written a great article to mark the 18th ‘birthday’ of the internet publishing giant.

WordPress is celebrating 18 years today since the first release of the software to the general public. That release post, titled, “WordPress Now Available,” kicked off an exciting era in the history of the blogosphere where WordPress emerged as an unofficial successor to the abandoned b2/cafelog software. Reading the comments on the first release, you can feel the energy of that time when loyal b2 users were thrilled to have a smooth migration to a new blogging engine that would be maintained.

One line in that post may have had even more impact on WordPress’ trajectory than the features contained in the first release:

WordPress is available completely free of charge under the GPL license.

The license it inherited from b2 empowered the WordPress community to make it the powerful CMS that it is today. WordPress now underpins a multi-billion dollar economy of creators, publishers, and merchants who can build just about anything with the world of GPL-licensed extensions available. WordPress’ vibrant ecosystem has grown to include more than 58,000 free plugins to extend core, and thousands of commercial plugins and services, including hosting companies that cater specifically to its users.

Read Sarah’s full article on WordPress Tavern.