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The Story of WordPress

May 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Phineas Upham

Would it surprise you to learn that there is a blogging platform on the Web that accounts for millions of websites and businesses around the Net? That platform is called WordPress, and anyone with a serious interest in eCommerce has most likely encountered it at some point. It is a simple blogging platform with many options for customization. It is also known for its large user community, which updates the platform with plugins that change how the blog functions.

WordPress, according to their knowledge database (or Codex), is the successor of a blogging platform created by a French programmer. Cafelog launched in 2001, but ceased development by 2002. The hype might have died if it wasn’t for a singular power user named Matt Mullenweg. He was using the software to post photos of a trip he was taking, and published a post stating his interest in coding a similar project if others were interested.

It turned out that he found a partner in Mike Little, and the two released the first version of WordPress in May of 2003. The team soon launched a site that would notify blog owners of new posts and updates, called Ping-O-Matic. It was around this time that WordPress’s biggest competitor announced changes to how it would charge customers to use its service. People with Moveable Type blogs then had a reason to jump ship in favor of WordPress, which was free to download and use in sub domain or domain form.

Since then, WordPress has evolved to support more customization. It released its own themes, built frame works for designers to build themes simply from scratch, and it built theme customization into its platform.


Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phineas on his Phineas Upham website

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