Over the weekend, the WordPress community celebrated 16 years since Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little forked the B2/cafelog blogging platform to create the first official release of WordPress on May 27, 2003. It launched with a new admin interface, manual excerpts, intelligent line breaks, a link manager, and was compliant with XHTML 1.1 standards.
The first two months of posts on the WordPress development blog read like selections from a time capsule, capturing the early history of the software. Mullenweg shared his journey in a “thinking out loud” style throughout the process of selecting the best route for templating and other decisions that laid the groundwork for the first release. Since those early days, WordPress has outpaced all its early competitors to become the most popular CMS by a wide margin.
Sixteen years later, the software is available in more than 200 languages and is now used by 33.9% of the top ten million websites. WordPress’ uncommon growth can be attributed to its unique combination of leadership, stability, and a community of thousands of contributors and entrepreneurs that are empowered by its open source licensing.
Many WordPress product businesses, part of a commercial ecosystem that Mullenweg estimates at $10 billion/year, hosted sales, giveaways, and promotions in honor of the anniversary. Friends of WordPress all over the world celebrated the software’s birthday with cakes and tributes.
WordPress turned 16 today Happy 16th Birthday to WordPress https://t.co/1DCZ25Cr0Y pic.twitter.com/tf9LO3Qf9R
— Code Pixelz Media (@codepixelzmedia) May 27, 2019
“We are proud to be a part of the WordPress community! Through thick and thin, WordPress has brought great innovation and inspiration to the online world,” WordPress Dhaka meetup organizer Lincoln Islam said.
The WordPress community in Ahmedabad gathered together to celebrate with dinner, a custom Wapuu cake, and games. Ahmedabad, which is located in western India, is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. WordPress 4.6 was the first release to ship with a full Gujarati translation in August 2016, making the software more accessible to approximately 65.5 million Gujarati speakers worldwide. A year later, Ahmedabad hosted its first WordCamp and another followed in 2018.
It was awesome celebration of WordPress 16th Birthday! Discussion, Cake, Dinner and Game with WordPress Ahmedabad Community #WordPress16Birthday #WP16 #WordPress #WPAhmedabad #WPAhmedabad #Meetup pic.twitter.com/12gdpa6R3z
— Chetan Prajapati ⓦ (@iamchetanp) May 27, 2019
The team at Bluehost published a video with a few short greetings they recorded for WordPress’ 16th birthday. When asked why they love WordPress, several said they are grateful for the opportunities and the friendships the community has brought them. Check out the #WP16 and #WordPress16thAnniversary hashtags for more WordPress cake pictures and celebrations.
Happy birthday WordPress!
16 years ago, on May 27, 2003, WordPress was released. We believe in WordPress and continue to be committed to growing and contributing to the WordPress open source project! Here’s just a few of the things we love WordPress for. #WP16 pic.twitter.com/kEgLQMGnpG
— Bluehost (@bluehost) May 27, 2019
It was very amazing day to celebrate @WordPress 16th Birthday. My journey with #WordPress has been very exciting and surprising. Many more years to come with an amazing experiences.
Happy16th Birthday WordPress@wcUdaipur #WP16 #WordPress16thAnniversary#Celebration #loveWP pic.twitter.com/ncyVjdZCms
— Nidhi Jain (@jainnidhi03) May 27, 2019
We had a delicious cake and a fun brain-teasing quiz with @WordPress folks.
The cake was cut by rtCamper @am_pra_veen, who is just two years older than WordPress.
Happy sweet 16, @WordPress. Many more to come! #WP16 pic.twitter.com/uLffaqjQni
— rtCamp (@rtCamp) May 27, 2019
WordPress is 16. Wow, I have been using it for 15 years. What an impact it has had on my life. Thank for the job, the friends and the community. I WordPress.
— Jonny Harris (@thespacedmonkey) May 28, 2019