WordPress Turns 21: Celebrating a Legacy of Innovation

DateMay 30, 2024

WordPress is celebrating 21 years of success. It’s been 21 years since the American developer Matt Mullenweg and English Developer Mike Little launched the initial version of WordPress in 2003.

Let’s look at the achievements of WordPress that it has achieved over the years

Major Achievements by WordPress

2003: b2/cafelog Became WordPress

Mike Little Shared the idea about forking b2 on Matt Mullenweg’s blog, which was converted into WordPress. American Developer Matt Mullenweg and British Developer Mike Little revealed on May 27, 2003.

2004: WordPress 1.0

In 2004, the first version of a famous blogging platform was named as Davis. It focused on extended personalization and other helpful improvements like commenting options and formatting.

2005: Themes

Themes helped WordPress users improve and alter their website’s designs without changing the content.

2006: Caching Enabled WordPress Along with Editing and Widgets

Caching enabled WordPress sites to load faster and improve user experience. Various improvements were also made, such as rich editing, widgets, and an administration tool, enabling WordPress to be attractive and user centric

2010: Custom Post Types

WordPress has become a giant CMS that handles and manages a variety of content types that are suitable for websites.

2013: Responsive Admin

WordPress made the admin area more user-friendly, making it the vital to enhance mobile usage.

2015: Rest API became a Game Changer for WordPress

Rest API was a game changer for WordPress. This advancement separated the back end and the front, enabling developers to add more vital features and apps that can work with WordPress. 

2018: Gutenberg

Gutenberg, an engaging block-based editor, made users’ lives easy and hassle-free, allowing them to develop pages and posts effortlessly.

2024: WordPress 6.5

The latest version of WordPress 6.5 “Regina” has taken the world by storm, providing numerous functionalities and features all in one roof.

Let’s Overlook the WordPress Statistics


As per the latest update (May 2024), around 43.4% of all websites globally utilize WordPress.

The latest data from W3techs reveals that WordPress is in the leading position as a CMS. Also, around 470 million sites utilize WordPress. Furthermore, as Netcraft reports, From March 2024, around 1.06 billion websites have been using WordPress. These sites include all forms of businesses, from blogging to company sites and social networks.

Also, considering Netcraft Totals, around 474 million sites globally run on WordPress.

Cheers to 21 Years!!

The World’s Leading content management system WordPress has turned 21 today, leaving its legacy and celebrating innovation in every section of web development. Ensuring users can experience better ways to design and create compelling websites for their business. So, what lies next? Mullenweg has already stated that the future of WordPress lies in the Social and Mobile features.

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