WordPress, world’s leading open-source blogging platform, turns 10

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The online blogging community is celebrating WordPress’ tenth birthday today. WordPress was founded by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and the first version was released on May 27, 2003 under the name ‘b2/cafelog’. The platform was written in PHP for use with MySQL by Michel Valdrighi, who is now a contributing developer to WordPress. The name ‘WordPress’ was suggested by Christine Selleck Tremoulet, a friend of Mullenweg.

In 2004, WordPress competitor Moveable Type (Six Apart), changed its licensing terms which made the most influential users migrate to WordPress. The blogging platform has since enjoyed the greatest growth and success of any open-source content management system (CMS). As of April 2013, version 3.5 had been downloaded over 18 million times. It is estimated that about 50% of all online blogs are using WordPress as their platform.

We wish them a very happy 10th birthday and all the success for the future! You can head over to their 10th anniversary celebration page.

Below is the list of some 25 popular websites who are using WordPress platform:

Mashable!
TechCrunch
Think Progress
The Next Web
Boing Boing
Hot Air
VentureBeat
Mediaite
Bits
GigaOM
CNN Political Ticker
Deadline
SlashGear
Laughing Squid
9 to 5 Mac
The Caucus
Media Decoder
The Foundry
RedState
ArtsBeat
Neatorama
Ubergizmo
BGR
Flavorwire
PopWatch