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WordPress: Happy 10th Birthday!

The statistics are staggering. Powering more than 15% of the world’s largest 1 million websites, WordPress really is everywhere you look.

The popular content management system, loved by  bloggers and web designers alike, is now celebrating its 10th birthday. Launched in May 2003, version 3.5 alone has been downloaded over 20 million times.

In becoming the world’s most used content management system, WordPress has achieved something that only a handful of brands have managed. It has simultaneously experienced incredible statistical growth and won the loyalty and admiration of both web designers and developers and its ever-growing consumer base.

You may or may not be aware that there are two strings to WordPress’ bow; WordPress.com is a great starting place for bloggers, whilst WordPress.org is a web software and content management system that web designers use to power websites. It is this broad diversity that is a huge part of WordPress’ success.

The versatility of WordPress has been key. The way in which it appeals to first-time bloggers and experienced web designers alike is remarkable. This can be attributed to WordPress’ simplicity for the first-time user and its reliance upon an open-source community working together to refine and improve it.

The importance of engaging with bloggers cannot be underestimated. Blogs are some of the most-read and most-followed websites on the internet. As Jason Mark put it back in 2011,

I’m not saying whether this was by luck or by plan, but if your goal 10 years ago was to create a technology that would be used on as many websites in the world as possible, and you approached it with the mindset that the internet is about content, then you’d probably design the software around writers who are interested in the internet.

In other words, bloggers.

However, WordPress’ success is about far more than simply attracting bloggers. It’s proven to be a superb content management system for websites of all shapes and sizes, including BBC America, the New York Times and even the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt!

Why has WordPress proved such a popular CMS? Here are just a few reasons:

  • WordPress is incredibly easy to use – it’s intuitive, clear and reliable.
  • It allows users to quickly and effectively develop and implement their SEO strategy.
  • There are a myriad of plug-ins and templates that web developers have produced for WordPress users.
  • It’s free, built by a community of web designers and developers, and constantly evolving as new ideas and trends take form.

We’d like to wish WordPress a very happy 10th birthday! If you have any questions about WordPress, website design or content managements systems then we would love to help. You might like to check out our website or contact us today for more information.