WordPress became available ten years ago on this very date. Initially started as a subdomain of a little known blogging platform b2/Cafelog, WordPress has grown to be the largest CMS in the world (and we all know how much better client retention through CMS is), astonishingly and efficiently powering 18% of the Web (close to 70 million websites! ).

Hundreds of high-profile websites, including blogs from CNN, The New York Times and Reuters, all use WordPress. Gadget Adda too uses WordPress to publish and manage the content.

WordPress was started by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and was a pioneer and radical step that worked wonders for millions of users and web designers. The open source software has thousands of contributors offering various captivating themes. It is not about blogging and personal publishing anymore ( though it has created dedicated platforms like Svbtle, Ghost and Medium for writing). Be it Twitter analytics services or Shopping cart systems all can be built on WordPress. Automattic, the company which powers WordPress.com announced last week that it has raised $50 million ( INR 277.85 crores ) in a secondary stock transaction.

WordPress started as an easy, free way for users to publish their own content. If you had a web host that supported PHP and MySQL and you knew how to use FTP, getting WordPress installed took, famously, under five minutes. Today, most web hosts have one-click install buttons so that users don’t even have to bother with FTP. Hosted offerings from WordPress.com and others are also abundantly available.

Plus, the larger ecosystem around WordPress — including plugins, themes, specialized hosting providers and custom solutions builders — is mammoth and still growing. Mullenweg’s goal for WordPress is for it to be the “platform or operating system” for the web. That goal is coming closer to fruition with every passing month.

To celebrate 10 years of WordPress, the WordPress community is having special Meetup events across the globe. There is also a special microsite dedicated to tweets, photos and memories associated with WordPress.

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