A Look Back At WordPress Through The Years

WordPress Version 1
WordPress 1.0 Backend

Inmotionghosting has a great historical timeline showing images of the front and backend of WordPress starting with 1.0 up to version 3.8. Through these images, you can see the natural progression of features, designs, and layouts WordPress has gone through during the past 10 years.

For many within the WordPress community, a post like this triggers nostalgic memories of the first version of WordPress they used. For me, it was WordPress 2.2. Shortly after I started using WordPress, 2.3 was released which introduced the ability to add tags to posts. WordPress 2.3 also added update notifications so that users would know when a new version of WordPress or plugins were available. Which version of WordPress did you start with?

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  1. I started with 2.0 in January of 2006. I’d been blogging with a semi-hand-rolled ColdFusion blogging system for a couple of years, and made the switch to WordPress on January 4th, 2006. It’s come a long way since then. Still room for improvement though.


  2. Impressive to see how long Kubrick stayed on as default WordPress theme. Kudos to Michael Heilemann. He’s doing an amazing job right now at Squarespace.


  3. I started with 1.2. Although the article refers to the “ugly green” in this version, I remember being attracted to WordPress because the look and typography of the default theme were nicer than what most websites were using at the time.


  4. 2.7 just as the admin was redesigned, having used Drupal and Joomla I settled with WordPress because the admin was way more intuitive than anything else I’d previously used. That was an added bonus for teaching clients to manage their own sites.


  5. It’s weird that the linked site doesn’t use WordPress.


  6. I’m glad you guys enjoyed my article on WordPress through the ages. It was certainly a ton of work (including breaking one of my test servers just to downgrade PHP). It was a quite nostalgic journey and brought back a lot of fond memories. If you see anything that you want added, let me know. I will be progressing this over time for each major release to track the changes to the CMS that I love the most.

    Oh, and Matt, if I could change us to WordPress, I would in a second. Sadly, I have a Joomla developer on my team that just can’t give it up. Maybe if I continue throwing things at him on a daily basis, he will eventually change his mind. It has been an honor knowing that you read my article. :)


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