Welcome to Rackwoo Support Team's WordPress Knowledge Base area. Our intent behind creating this area of our Knowledge Base is to provide our Rackwoo.com clients and visitors an online referencing tool that is simple/easy to navigate, offers direction which is detailed but not overly complicated, resulting in a streamlined user experience when it comes to learning and researching the finer aspects of the world's most popular content management system (CMS), the most significant blogging and web publishing platform, WordPress.
From the most innovative and intricate PHP developer, PHP is the coding framework WordPress is built upon, to the first time online beginner who has just made the wisest decision of their online career to go with Managed WordPress hosting, anyone and everyone, no matter their level of experience and knowledge can benefit from knowing WordPress's early roots and how the platform came to life.
WordPress was born around 2 pm on a picture-perfect spring day back on May 27th, 2003. The newborn blogging script's proud parents were creators Mike Little and Matthew Mullenweg.
Born in May (Mike Little was born on May 12th, 1962) was WordPress Co-creator and Co-founder Mike Little. Mr. Little is an English-born web developer who lives in the great city of Stockport, England. Besides being a Co-founder and Co-creator of the first-ever version of WordPress, Mr. Little is also a published author and Freelance Technical Editor. He is also the founder of Zed1.com Limited and the official MikeLittle.org Blog. Mike also Co-founder of Maverick Marketing Ltd and was the recipient of the 2013 SASCon award for his outstanding contribution(s) to the online and digital world.
Matthew (Matt) Mullenweg is a web developer and entrepreneur who lives in Huston, TX. When Matt started WordPress with Mike Little in 2003, he was only 19 years old. In 2004, like most tech moguls, Mullenweg dropped out of college to work with CNET.com full time. With CNET and their development team's help, Mullenweg continued to work on WordPress while at CNET.com, including working on CNET's blogs while developing new content and media offerings.
WordPress Fun Fact: In July 2011, WordPress blogs passed the 50 million milestones, powering over 50 million blogs globally.
Matt Mullenweg left CNET in late 2005 to continue working on WordPress in his own arena full-time. In December 2005, Mullenweg announced his next venture, which was Automattic. Automattic and Automattic.com became the infrastructure behind WordPress.com and Akismet.com's excessive growth, WordPress's exclusive anti-spamming platform.
Given everything Mullenweg was already committed to and working on during this time, he still found time to startup Audrey Capital, which became his angel investment firm, which has financially backed upwards of thirty companies since its inception in 2008.
Throughout the following years, Mullenweg has continued in some fashion with WordPress and its development. In 2014 Mullenweg became the CEO of the Making the Web a Better Place company, Automattic.com. Automattic remains the key developer with some iconic and legendary apps synonymous with WordPress. These apps include WooCommerce, Akismet, VaultPress, Tumblr, Simplenote. Within a short period, Mr. Mullenweg raised a significant amount of capital for the company.
In the following YouTube Video, Matt Mullenweg, WordPress Co-creator and Co-founder, Reveal Insider Details About Starting Up the World's Most Popular Content Management System, WordPress. In This Exclusive Interview, Mullenweg Provides a Behind the Scenes Account of What It Was Like During Initial Development and Throughout WordPress's Startup Process.
Mullenweg has since served on the board of directors at GitLab, Inc and routinely can be found keynote and guest speaking and technology-related events and seminars.
WordPress was not the first online blogging software. Before WordPress, the popular blogging software named WordPress was created and developed to fill the voids in the popular blogging and content creation platform b2/catalog in its humble beginnings.
WordPress was created out of necessity driven by complicated struggles and hit or miss providing online authors and bloggers a much needed and much-improved platform that surpassed the limitations of the existing platform most commonly used known as of to write online copy and articles, democratizing publishing with a simplistic solution that answered a very complex problem.
WordPress as a solution needed to satisfy only a few simple goals, which included providing online authors and bloggers the ability to generate articles and blog posts that freely create their content without them having to design, build, code, test, update and maintain the platform themselves. Not only is WordPress the number one, most popular web publishing and blogging software on the planet, it is also the number one deployed and used CMS, A.K.A. content management system.
WordPress's outreach as a leading CMS goes way beyond just articles and blogging. Creating a robust, dynamic, modern website is also licensed and offered as open-source software. Open-source software means the software's initial founder(s)/Creator(s) filed the software they created under the licensed as a GNU, General Public Use, and is free to anyone who would like to download it and use it to start an online blog to a sophisticated online eCommerce.
WordPress's creation resulted in the greatest, effective, efficient, and practical online blogging and news platform globally. WordPress, open-sourced licensed by the GNU, remains one of the most secure and openly maintained platforms that quickly allowed authors and content creators to share their thoughts and ideas online and with the world from a simple single-webpage deployment site to the enterprise CMS platform.