From the moment you decide to start a website, you’re going to hear about WordPress. This CMS has truly taken the world by storm, and for good reason. There’s a certain magic to the way the platform welcomes beginners and veterans alike with its user-friendly interface and rich set of features.
Come for the plugins, stay for the themes. Today we’re going to look at the history of WordPress and where it’s going in the future. This story may not have the irresistible controversy that turned Facebook’s origins into a feature film, but it’s still interesting to see how something that today’s biggest brands utilize came from such small beginnings.
Sic Parvis Magna: The Story of WordPress
WordPress came from the ashes of a project that started in 2000, known as b2. This original concept was created by a blogger named Michel Valdrighi who sought to create a platform where people could create amazing content without any need for coding knowledge. Sound familiar?
His original idea, b2, was simple and clean. Unfortunately, he abandoned the project in 2002. This was when WordPress’ creators, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, decided to fork the existing platform into their own creation which we all know as WordPress.
It quickly became apparent that, in this journey to help people learn how to make a website, that Matt and Mike couldn’t do it alone. That was when they got the idea to make the program fully open-source, one of WordPress’ defining features.
This paved the way for the plugin and theme systems that would become the backbone of WordPress. Like any good story, WordPress stumbled before it could walk, but ultimately it reached a place where all these individual pieces came together into something truly special.
Today, WordPress powers 25% of the entire internet, but where is it going in the future? Well, for starters, it’s not going anywhere. The WP REST API is going to shake up several aspects of the platform, according to Matt Mullenweg,and this offers some exciting possibilities:
- Custom dashboards are a distinct possibility, especially ones that are built for specific niches and website types. For example, eCommerce sites could have a button for adding products instead of simply “posts” or “pages.”
- The REST API also allows for the possibility of creating mobile apps just as easily as we create WordPress websites. This would also allow for plugins that work across the internet and mobile devices.
- WordPress themes will continue to evolve and eventually offer all-inclusive packages that include necessary plugins and options for continued support and optimization.
- The user interface will evolve to become even more friendly to beginners. Specifically, we’ll see drag-and-drop options like the ones offered by competitors such as Wix.
The Ultimate WordPress Timeline (Infographic)
Now that we’ve covered the history and future of WordPress, it’s time to visualize the journey. Check out the infographic below to see everything in perspective. Where do you see WordPress heading in the future? Let us know in the comments!