Ten years ago Matt Mullenweg started a platform that has become the inspiration to create a writer out of everyone. As TechCrunch explains, ‘writing is one of the hardest things to do’, but WordPress has made sure that publishing and sharing our thoughts shouldn’t be difficult whatsoever.
As the world has transitioned from print-on-paper, in books bound-with-string, WordPress has encouraged young and old to become writers – writing is an essential part of learning, development and creative thinking throughout our lives. Alongside the obvious benefits of writing itself, the WordPress software has become an integral part of those who can create a career from consulting, designing or implementing open source solutions.
WordPress has always been an open source platform, and though Mullenweg didn’t know what this meant when WordPress was first developed – it has become the essential feature making WordPress the powerful platform it is today. Today the world of WordPress allows us to build even the most complexed of websites; from e-commerce, to blogging right through to news websites. Notable WordPress sites include The New York Times, CNN, Mashable, AllThingsD, TechCrunch and eBay to name but-a-few – you can see the full list here. It’s no surprise that Wordpress has become a platform of choice for so many writers and developers.
Over the last few days, 10th birthday parties for WordPress have been happening across the globe, collected and shared through a #WP10 site. At many of these parties I’m sure the focus will be on all the good things that WordPress has done in the last 10 years. What’s even more exciting is what WordPress might do with the next 10 years – Happy Birthday WordPress!