It seems a lie, but what started as a conversation between two youngsters 10 years ago ]on January 24, 2003, today it has become the most popular, powerful and easy to use web creation system .
Well yes, it all started with a dilemma that was posed ] Matt Mullenweg about blogging software, then an 18-year-old boy who wrote on his blog :
My blogging software has not been updated for months, and the main developer has gone, I can only hope that at least it's okay.
What do I do? Textpattern seems to have everything I want but it does not look like I'm going to have a license with which I agree. Fortunately b2 / Cafelog is GPL, which means that I could use the existing base code to create a "fork", integrating everything I like about the things Michel is working on, if he were around. Work would never be lost, and if I were to disappear from the face of the planet for a year, the code I created would be available and free for everyone, and if someone else wanted, I could use it. I have decided that this is the address I want to take, now all I need is a name. Which will be?. Let's see, it would be nice if I had the flexibility of MovableType, the syntax of TextPattern, the malleability of b2, and the ease of configuration of Blogger. Someday, right?
And yes, he received a response from another young man Mike Little :
If you are convinced to fork a b2 I would be interested in collaborating. I'm sure there will be one or two more from the community who would be encouraged. Maybe a thread in the B2 forum, suggesting a fork, could be a good start.
Today, 10 years later of that dilemma about blogging software, WordPress goes by version 3.5 and has become publishing software that, as Matt dreamed, is flexible, with a syntax simple, easy to modify and configure . It is the most popular content management system on the planet, and is GPL .
You can be a purist and think that until the first version you can not talk about the WordPress anniversary, but the idea was born – at least – a January 24, 2003.