10 WordPress Facts for the Curious Mind

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WordPress is the first CMS which modern Bloggers and Webmasters describe as a 21st-century saviour. Simply put, our sub-category tells you WordPress Facts you probably don’t know. Before getting started, let’s equip your curious mind with 10 of these truths.

  1. The idea of WordPress was born from disappointment. It was one which came as a result of the discontinuation of a blogging software called ‘b2/cafelog’ Instead of continuing with the software, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little decided to form a new project which eventually became WordPress.
    Both friends never knew they were on a journey that would benefit millions of users around the globe, one that will create thousands of jobs.
  2. The name ‘WordPress’ was suggested by Christine Selleck Tremoulet, a prolific female blogger and close friend of Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress).
  3. The first version of WordPress got released on the 27th day of May 2003. Hence, it is older than Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Remember, the version is Matt and Mike’s way of improving their idea of b2 cafelog.
  4. Plugins Architecture only appeared in WordPress from May 2004. This was when external users and developers were given the freedom to extend the functionality of the content management system.
  5. According to Wappalyzer via WP-Beginner, WordPress dominates the content management system market with 76.4% usage. This is followed by Joomla (9.3%) and Drupal (5.6%).
  6. WordPress is managed by a global distributed company called Automattic Inc. Observing the name, you’ll see that it a play on one of WordPress founder’s first name, Matt.
  7. Most of the world’s most popular sites you’ve seen use WordPress. They include CNN’s blogs, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mashable, The Next Web, and The New Yorker. They are all built on WordPress.
  8. As the world’s most popular CMS, WordPress powers 34% of all websites on the internet and 14.7% of the world’s top websites.
  9. As of 2020, the WordPress Plugin Directory featured over 55,000 plugins. Also, total downloads on WordPress Plugin directory crossed 1.48 Billion in 2016.
  10. The company who manages WordPress (Automattic Inc) has 1,184 employees as of May 2020. It is the same company behind popular plugins like Akismet, WooCommerce and Jetpack.