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The Evolution of

By Jessy Troy*

the evolution of wordpress For the last couple of years there has been a lot of hype given to Wordpress. It isn't an over exaggeration on the part of its fans when it is said that WP is the most popular blogging platform around. It is, and it has become something much more. Now even businesses are getting in on the action, creating full storefronts, content management systems and more on this useful tool. Other blogging software has just been unable to compete on the large scale of services that Wordpress offers.

But how did it get to that point? What started as a place for personal blogs has turned into an industry powerhouse. It took time, but the evolution has been fascinating.

The First Launch

Wordpress was first launched on May 27, 2003. It was the brain child of Mike Little and Matt Wullenweg, who wanted a simple, intuitive blogging platform that could have wide appeal to users. Something without the crass design of many of the journal software programs of the time (think Livejournal).

This initial release was V 0.71 (Gold), and would be the primary design until the next full version update a year later. It was based on the b2/cafelog design, which was the precursor to Wordpress. There was no dashboard and no advanced features. The landing page was the user admin panel, providing a box for text and a single category selection where it could be published.

wordpress admin panel

Version 1.01 (Miles) was a short lived one that fixed a couple of common problems. Mainly the complex installation process that forced the user to manually enter information. It also allowed more than one category selection for posts, and offered a permalink for search engine optimization.

Within a few months. Version 1.2 (Mingus) had been launched. This was the version that introduced plugins, a concept that would be carried on with all subsequent releases and helped to put Wordpress on the map.

There were a few other updates following, but the next major release was the January 2007 WP 2.1 (Ella). It was the first time a fully cohesive dashboard was introduced, even though a couple of the features had been in previous versions. It also showed a change to the interface, with a colored header and tool bar, and borders. Other features like spell check and comments were also announced with this release.

In December 2008 we saw the release of V 2.7 (Coltrane). This is the first time the dashboard had been formatted into the general design that is still used today. More features had been introduced prior to that point (built in galleries, Google Gear integration, one-click plugin upgrades, ect), and the new interface gave users quick access to all of them.

Over the years following, it was less about innovating new ideas and more about perfecting what had already been done. New features were added to the existing interface, and some old ones were tweaked. Automatic installation of plugins, integration with social media like Twitter was introduced, faster speeds and a lighter site was implemented to allow for mobile and tablet device viewing. Theme customization has also been a big issue.

Today's Wordpress is a responsive and secure content management system that takes minutes to install and customize. It's a huge accomplishment by the whole community.

*Author Bio: Jessy Troy is a blogger and a total Wordpress fan. Follow her on Twitter @JessyTroy

3 April 2015