More In-Depth WordPress History

Over the week-end, I had a chance to read chapter 3 of the WordPress history book which is an ongoing project by Siobhan McKeown. This is a fantastic project and one that I’m eagerly anticipating to read cover to cover. Chapter 3 is 37 pages long and covers the creation of WordPress from b2, b2++ into WordPress MU, how some of the earliest WordPress contributors became involved with the project, and perhaps most importantly, some of the core values that were developed early on that WordPress still tries to maintain to this day. Some of those values are:

  • HTML Semantics and Web Standards Compliance
  • Creating the lowest barrier to entry as possible
  • Simplicity
  • Unmatched User Experience

In order to gauge where WordPress is going in the next 10 years, it’s important that we know what happened during the first 10. At one time, I thought I’d be the one writing the book on Matt and the history of WordPress but after reading Siobhan’s work, it’s clear that she is the right one for the job.

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  1. Thanks for posting about the work so far! It’s a lot of work but also a lot of fun. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it :) Hoping to get the next section out soon.


  2. Ms. McKeown has a post up that sheds more light on writing the book, on her own site.

    It sounds like all of the parts of the book will be available:

    … The rest of the book will be published serially, so keep an eye out for the introduction and chapter 1 soon.

    Ok … will be making room in my schedule to read Chapter 3. The book really does sound like a big asset for WordPress, and those who use it!


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