WordPress has officially taken over the internet.\r\n\r\nActually, that happened a while ago, but <a href="https:\/\/w3techs.com\/technologies\/overview\/content_management\/all" target="_blank" rel="noopener">with W3Techs reporting<\/a> that <strong>WordPress is powering 30% of the Internet<\/strong>, there can be no doubt.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-13183" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/03\/image-1.png" alt="WordPress Usage Growth by Year Graph" width="654" height="371" \/>\r\n\r\nThe report goes on to indicate that WordPress owns a whopping 60.3% market share, almost 10 times more than their closest competitor, Joomla, which came in at 3.1% usage and 6.3% market share.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-13182" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/03\/image.png" alt="WordPress Market Share Graph" width="652" height="369" \/>\r\n\r\nAnd they just keep growing.\r\n\r\nIn November of 2015,<a href="https:\/\/venturebeat.com\/2015\/11\/08\/wordpress-now-powers-25-of-the-web\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> VentureBeat<\/a> reported that WordPress was powering 25% of the web, hitting 30% this month.\r\n\r\nIn order to exclude spam websites, W3Techs only includes the top 10 million websites in their survey, which means that that WordPress went from powering 2.5 million of the internet's top websites grew to 3 million top websites in just a little over 2 years.\r\n\r\nAnd we're not just talking little bloggers.\r\n\r\nThe list of websites using WordPress is nearly a "Who's Who" of the internet. World recognized brands like Disney, <a href="https:\/\/pagely.com\/case-studies\/unicef\/">UNICEF<\/a>, TIME Magazine, Sony, and BBC America use it.\r\n\r\nFacebook uses it.\r\n\r\nSuperstars like Beyonce use it.\r\n\r\nEven Snoop Dogg uses it.\r\n\r\nBut how did they get here? How such an internet behemoth?\r\n\r\nLet us give you a fast and furious tour of WordPress history.\r\n<h2><strong>The Humble Beginnings of WordPress<\/strong><\/h2>\r\nIn 1998, Bruce Ableson introduced the world to Open Diary, a website that brought together a community of online journal keepers. In 1999, platforms LiveJournal, Xanga, and Blogger launched.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-13179" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/03\/wp1.jpg" alt="WordPress humble beginnings" width="624" height="512" \/>\r\n\r\nYou probably had a LiveJournal or Xanga at one point where you recorded all your deep angst and feelings. We all did.\r\n\r\nThree years after that, a college student named Matt Mullenweg <a href="https:\/\/mixergy.com\/interviews\/the-biography-of-wordpress-with-matt-mullenweg\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">installed an open source blogging software<\/a> called "b2" or "cafelog" on his computer. B2\/cafelog was in need of an update, but the original creator had abandoned the project.\r\n\r\nOn April 1, 2003, he created his own version of b2 on Sourceforge with help from his friend Mike Little, and another of Matt's friends, Christine Tremoulet, suggested naming it "WordPress".\r\n\r\nMatt <a href="https:\/\/mixergy.com\/interviews\/the-biography-of-wordpress-with-matt-mullenweg\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">notes<\/a>:\r\n<blockquote>b2 had actually, through a series of circumstances, essentially become abandoned. So, I blogged about it, which is what we bloggers do. And a fellow left a comment on my blog and said, "Well, if you're interested in working on this, let's work together.<\/blockquote>\r\nThat fellow was Mike Little, who's the co-founder of WordPress...\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-13180" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/03\/wp2.jpg" alt="WordPress early images" width="624" height="353" \/>\r\n\r\nThe name stuck, and the rest, as they say, is history. The first official version of WordPress, version 0.7, launched on May 27, 2003.\r\n\r\nCNET came knocking on Matt's door in October 2004, looking for help with their own blogs. Matt dropped out of college, moved from Houston to San Francisco, and spent a year working at CNET, which he left in October of 2005.\r\n\r\nThat same month, Matt created Akismet, the WordPress comment spam filter, which remains one of the most popular plugins on WordPress, all these years later.\r\n\r\nSoon after leaving CNET, Matt founded Automattic, and by December, had released WordPress 2.0. By August of 2006, Automattic was hosting its first annual WordCamp, a volunteer-organized event that put users and developers together to discuss everything under the sun WordPress-related.\r\n\r\nToday, there are 784 WordCamps in 65 countries.\r\n<h2><strong>Big Growth Moments<\/strong><\/h2>\r\nIn 2008, the WordPress Theme Directory was launched. This was hugely important. Anyone could create and upload themes, making them available for free to anyone who wanted to use them, once the theme passed a quality test.\r\n\r\nIn June of 2010, WordPress released version 3.0, a truly groundbreaking update.\r\n\r\nNamed Thelonious, after famed jazz musician Thelonious Monk, this update made WordPress a true content management system, as it introduced custom post types which opens the door to all kinds of customization.\r\n\r\nNo longer was WordPress just a collection of posts and pages, now one could create a post specifically for a restaurant, event venue, or retail store.\r\n\r\nIn the release notes, <a href="https:\/\/wordpress.org\/news\/2010\/06\/thelonious\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mullenweg noted<\/a>:\r\n<blockquote>Normally this is where I'd say we're about to start work on 3.1, but we're actually not. We're going to take a release cycle off to focus on all of the things around WordPress. The growth of the community has been breathtaking, including over 10.3 million downloads of version 2.9, but so much of our effort has been focused on the core software it hasn't left much time for anything else.<\/blockquote>\r\nBut things wouldn't slow down.\r\n\r\nBy 2011, WordPress powered over 12% of the world's websites, had 22% of all websites using their platform, and had surpassed over 50 million blogs.\r\n<h2><strong>The Future Looks Bigger, Better, and Brighter<\/strong><\/h2>\r\nWordPress <a href="https:\/\/poststatus.com\/future-wordpress-economy-im-not-worried\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">isn't going anywhere<\/a>. And for good reason. It's an incredibly powerful open-source software which can do just about anything. And because it's open-source, it is, in many ways, powered by the community of users. With a rich ecosystem of contributors, devs, and companies, like Pagely the <a href="https:\/\/pagely.com\/">managed WordPress hosting provider<\/a>, dedicated to WordPress, we can expect the growth to continue.\r\n\r\nUnless something radically changes (and there's no indication anything will), we should expect to see WordPress continue to dominate the internet.