The global WordPress community is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the software’s first release on May 27, 2023. Two decades ago, WordPress made its debut featuring Texturize, XHTML 1.1, manual excerpts, and a new admin interface.
An official anniversary website is publishing updates about how the community can get involved in the upcoming celebration plans. Organizers and participants will be using the #WP20 hashtag on social media to designate posts as related to the event. Community organizers hosting celebrations can have their events listed on the website by submitting them through a form.
As part of the festivities, the project has released a set of commemorative logos, which were created in the style of the new WordPress.org design. The project has adopted a more vibrant blue color in recent days, allowing the original dusty blue to fade into history.
WordPress is also releasing a new commemorative 20th anniversary wapuu. The mascot is festooned with a party hat and a balloon with the anniversary logo. It was created by WordPress contributor Emalina “Ema” DeRosia.
The artwork for the wapuu is available for anyone to download and use. It comes in multiple file types, including SVG, PDF, PNG, along with the Adobe Illustrator design file. WordPress’ swag store is closed at the moment but is expected to reopen soon with limited edition 20th anniversary swag, and some items may feature the commemorative wapuu.
Congratulations, WordPress and wapuu! I started in about 2008 or 2009—lots of changes since then!