A few important informations to know about WordPress, the world’s most popular content editor – or CMS – is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Created on May 27, 2003 by Matt Mullenweg, the platform boasts a presence on almost half the world’s websites! To celebrate this anniversary, we’d like to share a few anecdotes about the history of WordPress.

Where does the name WordPress come from?

While B2 owes its name to Michel Valdrighi, who published on Blogger at the time and was a fan of Song 2 by the band Blur, WordPress owes its name to Christine Tremoulet, a friend of Matt Mullenweg. She explained the origin of the name in a podcast. Her saxophonist friend wanted a name referring to print media and printing. Christine Tremoulet suggested that the name should refer to the printing of words. The name WordPress came naturally.

What is Automattic?

Automattic was founded in 2005 by Matt Mullenweg to support and develop the WordPress platform. Initially, the company focused on plugin and theme development, as well as user support. It played an important role in the WP community, organizing WordCamps and financially supporting numerous open source projects. Automattic has become a thriving company, with 1976 employees from 96 countries, speaking 122 different languages.

Why are WordPress versions named after jazz artists?

Saxophonist and jazz aficionado Matt Mullenweg paid tribute to his favorite artists by naming each version of WordPress after them. He was known as “jazzmatt” on the blogging forums. Here’s the list of artists who have given their name to a version of the CMS.

“Hello World!”

On WordPress, all themes include a first post that serves as an example, with the default title “Hello World. However, many users new to the CMS either don’t realize this or can’t manage to remove it, to the point where it’s become a joke within the WP community. Just type into Google “how do I delete the Hello World article in WordPress?” and the search engine will come up with over 3.2 million answers!

The WordPress monopoly

To understand WordPress’ stranglehold not only on CMSs, but also on the web as a whole, a few figures are particularly self-explanatory. 43.1% of all existing websites use WordPress! So there’s almost a 50/50 chance that you’ll visit a site powered by this content editor. In the CMS sector, this represents a market share of 63.2%. A veritable monopoly. In 2011, WordPress announced that it was editing 14.7% of the world’s websites. That’s impressive growth in 12 years!

A hyperactive community

From the outset, WordPress has been seen as a community platform, where more experienced users can add content. As a result, more than 10,800 themes and over 60,400 plugins are available free of charge. Whether you’re a budding developer, a designer or just like to lend a hand, we’re always on the lookout for people to help make WordPress even better,” urges the site dedicated to community creation.

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