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Ten Good Years for WordPress

It’s been ten years since we started this thing, and what a long way we’ve come. From a discussion between myself and Mike Little about forking our favorite blogging software , to powering 18% of the web. It’s been a crazy, exciting, journey, and one that won’t stop any time soon. At ten years, it’s fun to reflect on our beginnings. We launched WordPress on 27th May 2003, but that wasn’t inception. Go back far enough, and you can read a post by Michel Valdrighi who, frustrated by the self-hosted blogging platforms available, decided to write his own software; “b2, a PHP+MySQL alternative to Blogger and GreyMatter.” b2 was easy to install, easy to configure, and easy for developers to extend. Of all the blogging platforms out there, b2 was the right one for me: I could write my content and get it on the web quickly and painlessly. Sometimes, however, life gets in the way. In 2002, Michel stopped maintaining b2. Over time, security flaws became apparent and updates were needed and, while the b2 community could write patches and fixes, no one was driving the software forward. We were lucky that Michel decided to release b2 under the GPL; the software may have been abandoned, but we weren’t without options. A fork was always a possibility. That was where it stood in January 2003, when I posted about forking b2 and Mike responded . The rest, as they say, is history. From the very beginning to the present day, I’ve been impressed by the thought, care, and dedication that WordPress’ developers have demonstrated. Each one has brought his or her unique perspective, each individual has strengthened the whole. It would be impossible to thank each of them here individually, but their achievements speak for themselves. In WordPress […]

What's Your Favorite Sales Widget?

I've been parousing the variety of Wordpress compatible widgets available across the web for sales via a blog lately.  It really is difficult to decide which will be best to use.  So, I decided to write this post to get your opinions.  There are many blogs out there, I've noticed, that use some kind of…

Holy Molé! Where's my blog WP 2.5!

When I installed Wordpress 2.3.3 I found a hack that allowed me to used the same user database across all installations.  This way you kind people who read and will eventually comment on my musings would be able to just jump from one to the other with the same user name, password and capabilities.  You…

Linkbacks, Trackbacks and Pingbacks – what are they?

As a newbie to the world of blogging I did not understand many of the new terms presented to me. The other day while searching for something totally unrelated I came across an article that clearly explained what trackbacks, pingbacks and linkbacks were and how to effectively use them. I appreciated this article so much…

Earthformed family of blogs, 1

I've been working on this blog for a couple of weeks now and am finding some really cool plugins and widgets on Wordpress.org.  Currently, I am working on implementing a hack I found on their site that will allow me to install multiple WP blogs in one database and use a common user table. This…