WordPress, today’s most widely used CMS, is now 18 years old
On 27 May 2003, Matt Mullenweg released the first version (0.70) of WordPress. WordPress is a CMS, Content Management System, initially focused on blogging but which has become the main tool to create websites.
Today, WordPress is the the world’s most popular website builder. 41% of the web is built on WordPress. More bloggers, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies use WordPress than all other options combined.
WordPress is developed in PHP language for environments running MySQL and Apache, licensed under the GPL and is free software. Its founders were Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, who were joined by many other contributors, including the creator of b2/cafelog, Michel Valdrighi, and Christine Tremoulet, who suggested the name WordPress.
Reasons why WordPress is the leading CMS on the market
- Ease to use: we don’t need to be developers to create our website with WordPress. No need to know code or follow manuals.
- Wide variety of professionally-designed themes already created: we don’t need to be a designer either, as we have thousands of themes already created with very professional and varied layouts.
- Unlimited growth thanks to plugins: thousands of easy‑to‑install add‑ons that cover all the needs we may have on our website.
- Turn your site into a store: WordPress has ecommerce solutions available to showcase and sell your products and services
- Built‑in marketing: rely on built‑in SEO tools, Mailchimp, Google Analytics integrations, and more options for the main marketing tools of the moment.
- Mobile apps: keep tabs on your site with real‑time notifications and analytics. Or publish a post, manage sales, reply to comments, update your homepage — all from your phone, tablet, or browser.