One of the most popular content management systems (CMS) in the world just celebrated a huge milestone – their 10th anniversary. WordPress launched way back in May 2003 By Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little as an easy way for users to publish content to the web and as of today, it powers nearly 20 percent of all content on the web.
Back in the day, you needed to have some basic knowledge of how to use FTP to get started with WordPress. Additionally, your web host needed to support PHP and MySQL. Today, however, many web hosts feature one-click installs that make it easy to get your own website up and running in no time flat.
Some 70 million websites rely on WordPress each day – and not all of them are small, personal blogs. CNN, Reuters and The New York Times all use the platform to publish their blogs. Even large tech sites like Mashable use elements of the software to publish content.
True enough, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging platform to a full-featured CMS with a huge array of plug-ins, themes and web applications ready to deploy. Twitter analytic services and shopping cart systems allow aspiring merchants and seasoned e-retailers alike to shop their wares online.
And if the task still seems too daunting or you are looking for an uber-professional / custom layout, there are numerous services designed to help with that (for a fee, of course).