Recently WordPress turned 14 and here I am sharing with you some interesting facts about WordPress in the same spirit. WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS) and it powers around 28% of the web. You may or may not know the facts I am going to share below. So, take a deep breath and here you go! 😀
1. WordPress is older than Twitter and Facebook
The first version of WordPress was released on May 23, 2003 whereas Facebook and Twitter was founded in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
2. WordPress name was coined by a Lady
The name ‘WordPress’ was suggested by Christine Selleck, a friend of lead developer Matt Mullenweg (WordPress co-founder).
3. WordPress Powers more than 29% of the Web
According to W3Techs – Web Technology Surveys, as of May 2017, WordPress is used by 28.1% of all the websites that they monitor.
4. WordPress is Free & Open Source
WordPress is an open source project released under GNU GPL license. Moreover, there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it (more than most commercial platforms). It also means you are free to use it for anything from your recipe or portfolio site to a Fortune 500 website without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms.
5. WordPress is not owned a Company
Since it WordPress is an open source project, it is not owned by a company rather it is supported by volunteers from across the globe. Moreover, anyone can request for new features, submit bug reports and fixes, improve documentation, volunteer in the support forums, etc.
6. WordPress Generates Billions of Dollars
There are so many developers and companies that have based their source of income around WordPress – the wonder software. There are many companies which develop large-scale professional WordPress sites for large clients (Fortune 500 companies), develop premium WordPress themes and plugins, maintain and manage plugin and theme markets online and provides specialized hosting services for WordPress. Many of these companies make millions and billions of US Dollars worth revenue each year.
7. There are more than 50,000 Free Plugins
Plugins help us to extend the functionality of WordPress by allowing us to add new features without touching a single line of code.
8. 65+ Translations of WordPress Available
If you are not comfortable with using WordPress is English, there are high chances that it is available in your native language. Do checkout this page for more information. Though it is fully translated in 65+ languages, there are many other languages that WordPress has partially been translated into.
9. WordPress Loves Jazz
Since WordPress core developers share a love of jazz music, all major WordPress releases are named in honor of jazz musicians they personally admire. From Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Billy Strayhorn to Pepper Adams and Sarah Vaughan, every version of WordPress honors its own Jazz artist.
10. Siblings of WordPress
The same community behind WordPress is also responsible for running sister projects like bbPress and BuddyPress. They are also open source software built on top of WordPress. bbPress is a forum software whereas BuddyPress helps you to build any type of community website using WordPress, with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, and more.
Thus I hope this post helped you in getting to know about some interesting facts on WordPress. You may also want to read my guide on how to choose the best hosting for WordPress. If you liked these interesting facts, please do share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.