Forget the metaverse, let’s hang out in the blog sphere. Get your own domain!Matt Mullenneg
If you are a content publisher or have taken charge of creating a corporate website for your company, surely you would have heard of WordPress. Released since 2003, WordPress is a content management system (CMS) used by 43% of the top 10 million websites across the world.
But do you know how WordPress began?
Two men, Matt Mulleneg and Mike Little started and worked on WordPress in 2003. A year later, Mulleneg dropped out of college and he was recruited by CNET to work on WordPress to facilitate the company’s blogs and media products. Another year later, Mulleneg left CNET and began to focus on developing WordPress full time.
In December 2005, Mulleneg announced the formation of Automattic, the company responsible for businesses related to the WordPress project. WordPress.com and Akismet took off and Automattic started employing people from among those who made contributions to the WordPress project.
In 2014 Mullenweg became CEO of Automattic. In a related announcement, Mullenweg joked “it’s obvious that no one in their twenties should run a company.
What was originally a plain blog publishing tool by Matt and Mike, soon grew and became a full structure content management system (CMS) and WordPress started becoming a favorite CMS for other types of content hosting like mailing lists and forums, media galleries, membership sites, learning management systems and online stores.
In 2015, WooThemes and WooCommerce were acquired by Automattic, making WordPress a worthy contender for online store and content publishers venturing into e-commerce with WordPress sites and within its ecosystem.
Presently, WordPress remained a free and open-source content management platform for millions of content creators. The features that made WordPress into what it is today, lies in its plugin architecture and template system known as themes. Thanks to Matt and Mike.
In a recent post in his blog at ma.tt, Mulleneg encourages people to write, share, summarize and set blogging goals. Go get a Gutenberg, a latest, native WordPress theme and explore building posts with richer contents. Start a nom de plume or pseudonym and forget about metaverse.
We like the last suggestive statement. Because honestly we don’t see how Facebook’s ambitious project is going to bring everyone into a virtual motion reality world and running our lives entirely from inside it. You can’t replace coffee or a good game of golf with something like meta.
In coming days we will be featuring articles on how to use WordPress in virtual systems like hypervisors and containers. Do stick around.