It’s time to celebrate! WordPress turns 20 this year! This may not seem very old. However, the two-decade milestone is an outstanding accomplishment in the digital space. Many tech companies never reach their 20th birthday.
For 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of teaching people to build WordPress websites. I’ve seen hundreds of success stories and witnessed how creating the right website with WordPress can transform lives.
The Birth of WordPress
Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little released the first version of WordPress on May 27th, 2003. It began as a blogging platform. They wanted to make web publishing affordable and accessible to people of all technical backgrounds.
WordPress quickly gained popularity for its user-friendly interface and open-source nature. Over the years, WordPress evolved into a versatile content management system. Today, WordPress is the most popular content management system around. It powers around 43% of all websites on the internet.
My WordPress Journey
The world of websites was very different when WordPress began. Business owners depended on techie webmasters to build their sites. They had to hire people who knew how to code HTML and use tools like Dreamweaver. A few tech-savvy business owners were building simple sites with tools provided by their hosting company. But they were often very unattractive and not professional looking.
In 2005, I began as the Shopping Cart Queen, where I helped small businesses add a shopping cart to their websites. I soon saw that business owners needed more than a shopping cart. They needed help with their whole website. In the spring of 2008, I opened the door of my Website Creation Workshop. My goal was to teach WordPress to nontechie business owners.
Fast forward to 2023. Now, I’ve coached thousands of students through building their sites. Most of them thought they didn’t have the tech skills to accomplish this task. You can see from all the success stories that are not the case. WordPress’s platform and the teaching in Website Creation Workshop empowered them to build beautiful websites. It’s positively impacted each student’s business, expanding their reach and achieving remarkable success.
What Makes WordPress Different?
There are a few things that make WordPress stand out among its competitors. Those competitors include other website builders like Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace.
First, it’s always been open source. Anyone with technical skills can access and change its code for free. How is that an advantage? Top developers formed large communities to create new or improved WordPress themes, plugins, and customization options. These tools allow WordPress users to add valuable and powerful site features.
WordPress is also user-friendly and versatile. Even people with little technical knowledge can quickly build and manage their websites. It’s a fantastic choice for small businesses that need a simple, no-frills website. It’s also a powerful platform for large companies with complex interactive sites.
WordPress has changed over the last twenty years. However, it’s still the same versatile, user-friendly, affordable website platform for small and large businesses. It’s impacted millions of lives, from developers to business owners. For fun, check out the WordPress 20th anniversary website. Grateful users around the globe are celebrating and singing its praises!
So, a big Happy Birthday to WordPress. My life certainly would not have been the same without this platform. If you’ve wanted to build the perfect website to market your business and get your message to the world, I can’t think of a better website platform in which to do it.