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Celebrating 14th Birthday of WordPress (Gift Inside)

Updated on  27th May

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WordPress is now 14-years old. The CMS has come a long way from a simple blog application. Today, WordPress powers corporate portals, social media websites and of course blogs! Despite the challenges from emerging CMS and specialized publication platforms, WordPress continues to grow. The numbers suggest that it now powers 27% of the Internet — no small feat for an application that didn’t receive much love in its initial years.

Celebrating 14th Birthday of WordPress

Here is a short overview of how WordPress fared in the last year. And yes, there is a special gift at the end for all fellow WordPressers.

Happenings in the Year!


  • Matt Mullenweg refused to participate in President Trump’s program of creating a Muslim Registry.
  • Jetpack ignites controversy with its alternate marketplace for free themes.
  • Business users could now install third party themes and plugins.
  • Matt Mullenweg launched WordPress Growth Council to make a think-tank for individuals and organizations.

WordPress Updates

  • WordPress has updated its recommended requirements. The list include PHP 7.0 or higher, MySQL 5.6 (or MariaDB 10.0) and HTTPS support.
  • WooCommerce undergoes a brand reorganization as WooThemes redirects to the main business website.
  • Despite the threat of license revocation, Automattic will continue to use React.js in its Calypso application.
  • WordPress now powers 27% of the Internet. Customizer is the new bet for the continued CMS dominance.
  • “Early in 2017, we will only promote hosting partners that provide an SSL certificate by default in their accounts,” Mullenweg said.
  • Finally, WordPress gets a homepage redesign. It is all soft colors and cool gradients.
  • The UI prototype for Gutenberg, the block-based experimental editor is now available.
  • The WP Google Docs add-on for Chrome is now available.
  • The official Adsense WP plugin by Google retires in May 2017.
  • WP Plugin Directory gets a new design and improved search algorithm.
  • WordPress 4.8 will no longer support IE 8, 9 and 10.
  • The official WP plugin for Shopify is no more!
  • WordPress core developer John Blackbourn announced the removal of HHVM from Testing Infrastructure and suggested users to switching to PHP 7+.


  • The year’s big gesture was the Syed Balkhi’s donation of to The WordPress Foundation.
  • Advanced WordPress Facebook Group Gave Away $40K Worth of Prizes. The swag bag included: Free Hosting Credit from Cloudways, Licenses to Yoast SEO Premium, Elegant Themes Lifetime Accounts, WP Rocket Personal Licenses, and much more!
  • WordPress powers the official website of the Obama Foundation.
  • Stack Overflow reports market oversaturation for WP developers.
  • WordCamp Europe attendees were denied visas due to low entry fee which justifies international travel.


  • WordPress is now on HackerOne! Help make WordPress a safe platform for everyone.
  • A vulnerability in WP REST API allowed defacement of “hundreds of thousands” websites.

Major Releases

WordPress 4.6 “Pepper” was launched on August 16, 2016, which includes:

  • Shiny Updates for Themes & Plugins
  • Native Fonts in the Admin Panel
  • Detection of Broken Links

And WordPress 4.7 “Sarah Vaughan” was launched on December 6, 2016, which includes:

  • Twenty Seventeen
  • Theme Starter Content
  • Video Headers
  • Custom CSS
  • Edit Shortcuts From Customizer Preview
  • Post Type Templates
  • Editor Improvements
  • The dashboard in your language
  • PDF Thumbnail Previews
  • WordPress REST API

WordPress Events

  • Since the last year, many WordCamps were organized in different parts of the World. And recently, Cloudways sponsored WC Bilbao as a Gold Sponsor.
  • In WordCamp Europe, Matt Mullenweg has given a brief speech “State of the Word” about the future of WordPress.
  • Matt Mullenweg’s Q&A at WordCamp Europe 2016 discussion focused on the future of WordPress, the impact of JavaScript and the competition offered by Medium and Tumblr.

So, this was all the major happenings of WordPress in the past year.

As promised for a special gift, we are offering $14 FREE hosting credit to WordPressers on the 14th birthday of WordPress. Use coupon code HBD14 to get the discount!

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Mustaasam Saleem

Mustaasam is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WordPress Hosting Platform, where he actively works and loves sharing his knowledge with the WordPress Community. When he is not working, you can find him playing squash with his friends, or defending in Football, and listening to music. You can email him at

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