WordPress Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary To mark this big day, let’s take a look at some of the biggest changes in WordPress history in 10 years.
For now, the excellent team of core contributors has already made 26 major updates to WordPress. This update has taken WordPress from its humble blogging software and into the very powerful Global CMS it is today.
Each update has contributed very well, but today I will show you the 10 most important WordPress updates, both features and functions added. Happy 10th Anniversary of WordPress.
Version 0.7-27 May 2003: WordPress is Born
It all started on May 27, 2003.
WordPress was born from the b2 / cafelog blogging software. Since b2 was discontinued, a 19 year old college student stepped in with the goal of creating the software that would eventually become WordPress, and the name of the creator was Matt Mullenweg.
He didn’t just create WordPress, however. Matt partnered with little Mike to create the first version of WordPress, version 0.7.
Compared to the current WordPress, version 0.7 has only the basic features and functionality – it’s limited, feels a million miles away from the version we’re currently using which is version 4.2.
Even though the UI in the image above looks very simple, the WordPress 0.7 interface has actually made a significant improvement over the b2 interface while it hasn’t been discontinued.
Limited as this first version, it still has some neat tricks up its sleeve. The excerpt or excerpt on this version is perhaps a cool feature, which allows you to compile a summary of your posts for an RSS feed.
The basis for an easy-to-use blogging platform, though; WordPress 0.7 includes an intuitive text editor, which allows users to easily compile and publish blog posts.
Version 1.0-3 January 2004: Installation Updates and Comment Moderation
Seven months later, the first full version of WordPress was released. WordPress 1.0, named Davis. There are a few improvements (see image above), WordPress 1.0 adds some important functions. These include significant improvements to the installation procedure, permalinks for search-friendly searches, and multiple categories per post.
Arguably the biggest new feature in WordPress 1.0 is the spam comment moderation section, which is still a nuisance so far. The comment moderation system is easy to use, which allows you to approve / remove hundreds of comments at once.
Version 1.2-22 May 2004: Plugin Architecture
Just before WordPress’s first anniversary, WordPress 1.2 was launched. This update takes a significant step further by introducing some awesome new features.
Even though they might not have noticed at the time, 1.2 introduced one of the most innovative WordPress features of all, the plugin architecture, which is still very useful and helpful today. And now there are 38,542 plugins with 963,464,844 downloads. This is an astonishing statistic.
Beyond the plugin architecture, WordPress 1.2 introduces sub-categories, automatic thumbnail creation, and increases security with encrypted passwords. Version 1.2 is also the first version of WordPress to allow you to preview your posts before publishing, it’s like a preview feature at this point.
Version 1.5-17 February 2005: Themes, Pages, and WordPress Dashboard
February 2005 release of WordPress 1.5, named Strayhorn. At the time of release, version 1.5 was mostly focused on WordPress users to upgrade. It’s also one of the biggest, and introduces three important features.
Of all the newly added functions, there is a template customization feature that really grabs the user’s attention. Even though it was called a template at the time, WordPress 1.5 introduced a world of themes to celebrate, and templates Kubrick is installed as the default theme.
Themes allow users to freely overhaul their website design and layout, by installing pre-built ‘skins. “This allows WordPress users to create beautiful sites with ease, and plays an important role in the growth of the platform.
Like plugins, the WordPress theme architecture has evolved and expanded over the next ten years. The repository contains nearly 2,000 free WordPress themes, and there are thousands of premium ones available elsewhere.
Let’s move on to the next important features: pages / pages.
Pre-1.5, WordPress is an exclusive blogging platform where you can only publish posts on your blog. Version 1.5 makes it possible to build your entire website with WordPress, by introducing static pages. This makes WordPress a complete website solution – even for non-developers – and plays a huge role in the growing popularity of the platform.
Another major feature introduced in 1.5 is the WordPress dashboard. The WordPress dashboard allows users to view all their important information in one convenient place, right after logging in.
Version 2.0-31 December 2005: AJAX, WYSIWYG Editing, and WordPress Role User
WordPress closed 2005 with the release of the next generation of WordPress: version 2.0.
This latest release features an all-new UI, with a new blue color scheme replacing the tired looking white. More importantly, AJAX 2.0 introduced, making most common tasks more efficient and improving back-end performance.
WordPress 2.0 also took the first steps towards the feature-rich text editor we use today, with the introduction of the WYSIWYG editor. It takes a lot of formatting for your blog posts.
Even though post preview was introduced in version 1.2, WordPress 2.0 takes it a step further. In post-2.0 world, users can preview posts on the front-end of their website – which resembles the preview feature we are using today.
One other important thing, WordPress 2.0 is the first release to introduce user roles or user roles. This new feature allows you to configure permission levels for site users differently.
WordPress Version 2.2-16 May 2007: Widgets
With WordPress going to turn 4 years old, WordPress 2.2 introduces another WordPress staple: widgets.
Initially available as a plugin, WordPress widgets allow you to completely customize the sidebar and footer areas of your site. Using a drag-and-drop interface, you can place and re-order elements on different pages to enhance your website’s design, content, and navigation.
WordPress 2.2 also introduces jQuery, full Atom support, and unlimited flow comments.
WordPress Version 2.3 – September 25, 2007: Tags
As of WordPress 2.3 it doesn’t introduce any truly innovative concepts, but adds small but important features to add.
The best known additions are tags, used in conjunction with categories, making it easier to organize your content.
In version 2.3 it also displays update notifications or update notifications. WordPress is checked to see if your plugins are all up to date by linking your website with api.WordPress.org service. That jam in 2.3 also includes new features about canonical URLs, waiting for post status reviews, and the WordPress editor kitchen sink button.
WordPress Version 2.7 – December 11, 2008: UI Redesign and Quick Install of Plugins
At first glance, version 2.7 looks light in terms of new features, but this update is revolutionizing WordPress usability and is a big step forward.
Most notably, the entire WordPress UI has been given a radically new facelift. This includes a new sidebar menu, which is added to the left of the screen (see screenshot above).
In fact, today’s modern UI is based on version 2.7, Do you see any similarities?
But it’s not just the appearance of WordPress that has improved. WordPress 2.7 introduced a drag-and-drop interface, which allowed the user to rearrange the dashboard and a fixed post text editor feature was also added.
The developers weren’t done there, either; WordPress admin efficiency is improved, too. This means that familiar tasks can be completed in fewer clicks, thus taking less time.
Just as importantly, WordPress 2.7 makes it super-easy to install plugins. Prior to 2.7, plugins had to be manually downloaded, uploaded, and installed. 2.7 added a back-end WordPress plugin browser, which allows users to install plugins in just a few clicks.
It was also the first update to support one-click updates for WordPress core, plugins, and themes.
WordPress Version 3.0 – June 17, 2010: Custom Heading Types and Taxonomies
June 2010 marks the third generation of WordPress, with a new, innovative release: version 3.0 which is named Thelonious. After five years of WordPress living, the default Kubick theme was retired, and was replaced with the new Twenty Ten theme as the default theme.
Customization is king in WordPress 3.0, starting a new generation of customized themes in WordPress 3.0 and introduced custom backgrounds, custom headers, and advanced custom menus.
The most revolutionary new features, however, are the custom post types and taxonomies, ushering in a new era. For example, custom post types make it possible to create product pages, an essential feature of all eCommerce plugins. With custom post types supported until now, version 3.0 takes a significant step towards WordPress being the complete content management system (CMS) it is today.
WordPress Version 3.8-28 December 2013: Modern and Responsive UI
It might not be the biggest update to WordPress 3.8, but it’s included in this list for one important reason. The 3.8 release saw WordPress receive its biggest facelift yet, introducing a UI design that has remained relatively unchanged since then.
The new design sees a predominantly white aesthetic finish, replaced by grays and blues. As well as the new standard design, WordPress 3.8 also features seven alternative color schemes for admin, which can be activated at the click of a button.
Embracing the new ways in which users access WordPress, the WordPress admin has become fully responsive in version 3.8 as well. Finally, the update introduced us to a new default theme: Magazine Style (and widely loved), Twenty Fourteen.
Happy Birthday WordPress!
WordPress has come a long way in the last 10 years, as you can already see from the screenshot above. It’s hard to imagine WordPress in its early days, before all the powerful functionality added as it is today. Of course, the platform is still a work in progress, so who knows what we’ll see later. May WordPress always grow, always be the best, happy birthday WordPress. (source: torquemag.io)