May 28

Happy Tenth Anniversary, WordPress!

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 02:09 — julie

WP10Today, WordPress celebrates its tenth anniversary and we wanted to take a moment to congratulate them. Ten years is a hefty amount of time by any standard—to put it in web terms, WordPress is older than Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Pinterest, and of course Envato.

WordPress enthusiasts are celebrating worldwide with more than 600 meetups organised in cities across the globe. Our own Japh Thomson (Editor of Wptuts+ and all-around WordPress Evangelist) organised the meetup in Tasmania, Australia. To commemorate the occasion, he’s also put together a timeline of major releases of WordPress over on Wptuts+.

We talked to some Envato staff who’ve watched WordPress get to where it is today, and who wanted to wish WordPress a very happy tenth anniversary.

 
“My first experience with WordPress came when a teacher gave my class a quick example of how some blogging software could be used as a content management system. I think the best way to wish WordPress a happy tenth anniversary would be to hop on a WordPress help forum somewhere and help someone fix a problem they’re having. The hugely helpful WordPress community have always been fantastic at teaching each other, and that’s something that I’d like to help continue for many years to come!”

Pat McKenna
Envato Support Officer

 

“I got serious about WordPress when I was working on a custom content management system at an agency, and I realised what a waste of effort it was. So many people have put so much time into building something as awesome as WordPress, we should use that instead. From then on, I’ve been passionate about converting digital agencies to use WordPress as their CMS of choice. Happy tenth anniversary, WordPress!”

Japh Thomson
WordPress Evangelist and Wptuts+ Editor

 

“My first experience with WordPress was in 2007. I’ve certainly become a better developer as a direct result of using WordPress. It’s been 10 fantastic years of hard work and many spectacular achievements for the WordPress family. I look forward to many more years of awesomeness to come from this truly prospering community.”

Arman Mirkazemi
Marketplace Developer

 

“It was Christmas day of 2006 when I set up my very first WordPress install. I had a slightly early New Year’s resolution to try out blogging, and I can remember excitedly realising just how easy it was to get started. I can’t count how many words, articles and tutorials I’ve written into WordPress over the years, but it’s been a lot. As I’m sure writers, publishers and bloggers around the world are doing today, I’d like to wish WordPress a very happy 10th birthday! What a decade!”

Collis Ta’eed
Envato Founder & CEO

 
We’d love to hear your own memories of WordPress, or stories of what went down at your local WordPress meetup in honour of its tenth anniversary. Let us know in the comments!

Banner image: Happy B-Day Cake by Mali658

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