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WordPress Was Launched 15 Years Ago Today

WordPress is a popular free and open source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It is one of the widely used website management systems. As of April 2019, WordPress is used by more than 60 million websites. On a side note, AU TechTips is also powered by WordPress 😉. WordPress is powering millions and millions of blogs on the internet daily.

WordPress Was Launched 15 Years Ago Today:

WordPress 0.7 is the first official public release of WordPress, which was released on May 27, 2003. WordPress was released by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, as a fork of b2/cafelog. The software is released under the GPLv2 (or later) license. The content management system was released 15 years ago on this same day.

Here are the features of the initial version of WordPress 0.7.

  • Texturize — So good it’ll make your quotes curl.
  • WordPress Links — A link manager with everything you’d expect, from Weblogs.com support to a handy bookmarklet. Manage as many blogrolls as you like, and have complete control over their display.
  • XHTML 1.1 — WordPress is compliant with XHTML standards up to 1.1, though by default it sends a 1.0 document type to avoid compatibility issues.
  • Highly Intelligent Line Breaks — Occasionally called “nl2br on steroids,” this brand new function adds line breaks except where there is already a block level tag or another line break.
  • New Administration Interface — We’ve made it as simple as possible, and no more. Everything has been restructured from the ground up in a fully compliant XHTML/CSS interface.
  • Manual Excerpts — This allows you to handcraft summaries of your posts to appear in your RSS feed and other places.
  • New Default Templates — Again we’ve streamlined theses with the latest in simple, easy-to-understand standard XHTML and CSS. And not a CSS hack in sight.
  • Plus numerous behind the scenes code cleanups, making this release faster and more stable than ever.

In 15 years, WordPress has been evolved a lot and their latest stable version is 5.2.1 released on 21st May 2019.

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