I learned from the news feeds on the Dashboard for this software, that today is WordPress’s ‘official’ fifth Birthday (it was actually 5 years ago back in the beginning of the year). While that’s pretty young, in software years it’s probably all the way into somewhere in the early teens. The five year mark places the software’s birth in 2003 at some of the darkest times of the post-Internet bubble bursting. That such impressive and powerful software could come out of those times is comforting, in a way. No matter how poor the economic climate, new software can survive, and actually begin to grow in complexity (and user base).
At the most recent Northern Voice, the Annual blogging conference held here in Vancouver, the keynote speaker was Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress. I located his keynote (Thanks to At Large Media, who recorded it and posted it), and thought that on this occasion, it might be nice to include it here, so here it is:
So, I imagine that at the moment, the champagne corks are popping in New York City (there is a party planned for 9PM in San Francisco, so we can raise a glass here to them then, as well). Happy Birthday, WordPress, and congratulations to Matt Mullenweg all of the other folks who worked on it.