For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fashionably late. No matter the occasion, I generally show up about 20 minutes after I am supposed to arrive. So I suppose it comes as no surprise that I missed the 10th anniversary of the first release of WordPress on May 31.
Jean and I have been working with WordPress for almost three years now, and we are far from alone. WordPress now powers eighteen percent of websites; almost one out of every five sites in the world, and it continues to grow every day!
Our first experience with WordPress was for a client who wanted to add a blog to her site. After reviewing a number of blogging platforms, we chose WordPress, for a number of reasons. First of all, it was open source, and free. It came with great community support. It was growing as a content management system. And there was a certain je nais se quois about this software platform that somehow seemed to be a great fit for us.
Soon, we were attending WordPress meetups. And WordCamps. Before long, we ditched the CMS we were using to power our own site and migrated to WordPress. Then we started building client sites purely using WP.
It was wonderful.
The past three years for us have provided us with challenges, new skills and knowledge, great clients, and new friends. WordPress has a whole lot to do with that. Heck, I wouldn’t be working as a developer were it not for WP.
So, better late than never, happy birthday, WordPress. Here’s to another ten, twenty, even a hundred years to come.
You had the birthday, but we got the gift. Thanks.