I love using WordPress software. Sometimes I get so caught up in the day-to-day aspects of it that I forget there’s a backstory. Here are just a few things you might like to know about WordPress.
- Before there was WordPress there was B2/Cafelog. B2/Cafelog was blogging software created in 2001. As there are branches in yourr family tree there are “forks” in software development. In 2003 some developers decided to take B2/Cafelog in a new direction. The new direction or fork became WordPress. Another branch of the B2/Cafelog family is b2evolution.
- WordPress is Open Source software. That means that the source code (the computer code that makes WordPress run) is open to the public. It also means that the software is free to use. Because of this there are hundreds of people all over the world working to make plugins, themes and code improvements for WordPress software.
- Some of the main developers of WordPress founded Automattic. While it’s true that scores of people are working to make WordPress better all the time, it’s also true that there are a few key players. In 2005 some of those key players got together and founded a company called Automattic. Automattic has worked on a slew of projects including the very wonderful Akismet.
- WordPress is a database-driven application. Yep, at the heart of its programming WordPress uses a MySQL database. All you settings, posts, comments, users and pages are stored in a MySQL database. Just think of it. With every post you’re actually manipulating data in a database. In my book, that’s pretty cool.
- A WordPress blog can be made to look like a “regular’ website. This is the perfect solution for business owners who want to maintain their own websites. It just takes some tweaking on my part and then about an hour of telephone coaching and you’re off an running. If you’d like to learn more about this please contact me.