It’s a little hard to believe that the publishing world has only been using WordPress for a decade, as last week marked the 10th birthday for the platform.
Back in 2003, WordPress was the new kid helping those that wanted a simple publishing tool. I first became aware of it as an alternative to Drupal, mostly because WordPress was the platform that seemed best suited those with a news organization despite its label as a blogging tool.
Today, the platform is used by loads of major publications, including CNN, TechCrunch, and many more — over 66 million sites total! WordPress is probably the single most important tool when looking at what’s changed the publishing industry over the last 10 years.
And while WordPress’s open-source roots continue to thrive, so has the for-profit version of the platform (WordPress.com) under parent company Automatic. WordPress (and Automatic) cofounder Matt Mullenweg recently announced that Automatic just got a massive $50 million investment to help WordPress grow its dominance in the future.
WordPress however is no longer just a blogging tool, it’s simply, effective and user friendly CMS means that it’s the number one choice for a lot of web designers and developers. It offers an easy to implement solution that works for both the client and the developer/designer. It’s easy to see why it’s grown and grown over the last 10 years and we’re keen to see it grow for another 10 and more.