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Happy 10th birthday, WordPress! Love, .Me


By Ivana (Ivy) Gutierrez, May 27, 2013

Happy birthday, WordPress! Exactly 10 years ago, on May 27th, 2003, WordPress was released to the pubic. The most beloved CMS system in the world is installed on almost 15% of websites from the list Internet’s top 1 million created by Alexa and since August of 2011 every fifth website uses WordPress. By April 2013, version 3.5 was downloaded over 18 million times and over 60 million websites in the world use WordPress.

Why is WordPress so popular?

Obviously, the world (okay, the Internet) is crazy about WordPress. Our .Me team also uses WordPress, not only for .Me, but for our personal websites as well. Emanuel Blagonic, a web professional that uses WordPress, explained for Netokracija why WordPress is so popular:

There are many reasons (for WordPress’ popularity), and one of the biggest is certainly the easy interface that will allow anyone with a basic knowledge of the Internet to maintain their site. It features quality WYSIWYG editor with basic functions that most are familiar with from Microsoft Word, the choice of posts and pages and easily added additional content, such as images and videos, do not only make easier to use, but also allow everyone to be their own web editor.

Another great strength of WordPress lies in a community that is constantly developing new plug-ins and quality Codex, where you can find the answers to all your questions.

WordPress and .Me – a match made in heaven!

Two years ago Matt Mullenweg, one of WordPress founders, joined us in Budva, Montenegro for a conference and he has lovely pictures to show from that trip. We are extremely happy that Matt loves .Me (and we love him back!) and that he has made three crucial decisions regarding .Me and Wordpress:

  1. wp.Me – WordPress uses .Me as domain name shortener
  2. jetpack.Me – WordPress’ plugin for analyzing statistics 
  3. .Me domains via WordPress – .Me is the only ccTLD sold on WordPress.com platform (where users can choose between .Me, .com, .net and .org)

We are proud to be a part of WordPress and the way it changed the world of online publishing. In these past 10 years, WordPress grew from a simple personal blogging platform to a full sized CMS system and is often used as CMS framework for very complex websites. If we look at sites that use some kind of CMS, more than 57% of them use WordPress. You’ve heard of Joomla and Drupal, right? WordPress is used six times more than Joomla and ten times more than Drupal!

We wish you a very happy birthday, WordPress and look forward to many more to come! Cheers!


Author:

Ivana (Ivy) Gutierrez

Our Executive Editor Ivy is a graduate student at University of Zagreb where she is studying Communicology and Journalism. She is interested in PR and all things digital. More information is available on her website Ivy's ink drops.

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