The story of WordPress is the story of an open-source content management system that in only 12 years became the most beloved CMS in the world. WordPress started as a blogging system but quickly turned into a full content management system with thousands of plugins and widgets and themes that help its users create anything they want with it. Today, WP is used by millions of sites and visited by millions of people every day. Even Domain.Me runs on WordPress!
WordPress being an open source project means that there are hundreds of people from all over the world who are volunteering their time and energy into making sure the platform is running as it should and evolving over time.
When building your own service and business model take a look at WordPress’ example. There are many reasons behind its popularity – WordPress was downloaded impressive 140 million times – but the most important one is the fact that it’s very easy to use. In times when building a good looking and functional website meant that you had to employ both a programmer and a designer, WordPress appeared as a platform with an easy-to-use interface that allows anyone with the basic tech knowledge to self-host and maintain their site.
The following infographic tells the story of WordPress’ development through history, with an accent on its rapid growth and powerful impact.