Ten years ago, WordPress launched its first public release as a spin-off from blogging platform b2/Cafelog. Since then, it has grown to power an astonishing 18% of the world wide web, easily making it the largest Content Management System (CMS) in the world. Today, nearly 70M websites use WordPress. Hundreds of big-name websites such as CNN and The New York Times rely on WordPress.
Started by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, WordPress and its parent company Automattic has grown to include thousands of contributors and developers. From being just an easy and free-to-use platform for publishing online content, WordPress now powers full web applications such as shopping cart systems. The large ecosystem built around the platform further provides WordPress the opportunity to cement its place as the platform or operating system for the web.