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It has been more than 10 years that Wordpress is with us and it has completely revolutionized the way of online

content publishing. From its birth in 2003 by founder Matt Mullenweg, Wordpress have constantly grown as a powerful online publishing tool and have reigned over the entire blogging world like a king. Wordpress is always a free and Open Source Content Management System (CMS which is used by many popular sites to manage their content and have been downloaded over 30 million times. If you have been with Wordpress then you should probably know how it has evolved over time, but only a handful of people have been with it since its inception and have witnessed its complete evolution.

o, in this article we are going to take you in a !ourney from the birth of Wordpress" as a simple online publishing tool to e!press your thoughts online to one of the most powerful Content Management System that it is now# o, get ready to witness the evolution of Wordpress over a long span of 10 years from "003 till today.

Wordpress 0.#
Codename $ %old, $elease %ate $ "# &ay "003 'his was the first version of Wordpress after 0.(, which was officially a&ailable to be downloaded from the Wordpress $elease 'rchi&e (age. It didn)t have much functionality and mainly focused on simplicity. 'here was no *ashboard and the landing page of the admin panel was directly the post page.

(Image Source: wpbeginner.com) 'he post page was also pretty simple where you could )(ublish*" )%raft* or ma+e a post,s )(ri&ate*# It was a nifty feature which appeared for the very first time on Wordpress and allowed writers to write a post, save it as a draft, make some revisions later and finally publish it. It also had some serious limitations like the incapability of assigning multiple categories to a single post.

Wordpress 1.0
Codename $ &iles, $elease %ate $ "00+ 'his was the first ma,or release of Wordpress which was named after a famous ,azz musician, &iles *avis. It had some minor improvements on the -I and had also resolved the limitation of assigning multiple categories to a single post.

(Image Source: wpbeginner.com) It also kept in mind the optimization needed for search engines thereby allowing the creation of search engine friendly permalinks.

Wordpress 1."
Codename $ &ingus, $elease %ate $ "" &ay "00+ 'his update was a great release which added the )(lugins* section to the admin panel . .lugins are something which can allow you to e!pand the functionality of your Wordpress site without re/uiring you to touch a single line of code.

(Image Source – wplounge.nl) 'here were some other useful feature additions which are present till date 0 thumbnail creation, post preview, sub0categories, encrypted passwords and much more.

Wordpress 1.1
Codename $ trayhorn, $elease %ate $ 1# 2ebruary "001 3nother update to Wordpress, which brought our very own )%ashboard* to the admin panel. 4ow after logging in, the users are taken to the dashboard instead of the post page directly. 'he developers also understood the importance of creating pages and added the 5Write .age6 option too. We had a tabbed interface for the first time which was missing in the other predecessors. It also added multiple theme support where each theme had a separate header.php, footer.php, sidebar.php which could be easily edited anytime for the theme to be changed instantly.

(Image Source: wpbeginner.com) 7ut the -I was not powered by 3839, so it was slower than what we see and e!perience now, but further improvements were inevitable.

Wordpress ".0
Codename $ *uke, $elease %ate $ 31 *ecember "001 'he -I of the admin panel had a ma,or overhaul in this update. 2inally it got a touch of some shades of blue from its monotonous white and grey combination, giving it a rich and fresh look and feel. 2or the first time we get introduced to W: IW:% editor in Wordpress where the ad&anced -inyMC. editor allows richer formatting of your posts# 3nother great addition was the ability to upload images to enrich the posts and pages even more. 'he themes could also be previewed before applying via the 5screenshot.png6 file.

(Image Source: churchm.ag) -he entire admin panel got a taste of '/'0 from its roots , thereby making each and every action fast and fluid. 4ot only did it save the loading time of your admin panel, but also a lot of precious bandwidth by avoiding unnecessary reloading when small elements of a page got updated. :ou could also customi1e your entire wor+space by dragging and dropping elements ,ust the way your want.

Wordpress ".1
Codename $ 7recker, $elease %ate $ "; &arch "00< .reviously, we also had the "." and the ".+ which were minor updates adding features like widget support, better notification about updates, and some security updates, etc. 7ut the developers skipped the ".+ and ,umped directly to ".1 so obviously it was going to be a ma,or update.

(Image Source: churchm.ag) -he 23 got a ma!or update and started loo+ing clean and fresh much like the way it looks now. 'hings were almost placed the way we see now and it was obviously one of the best looking -I update of Wordpress till then. 'he *ashboard also go more informative and also had options to update the plugins in a single click of a button directly from the plugins directory. 4ot only that, the File 2ploader also got a ma!or update with the ability to upload multiple files at once. We also got a progress bar to track the possible amount of time that the file could take.

Wordpress ".#
Codename $ =oltrane, $elease %ate $ 11 *ecember "00< 'his was the Wordpress which is very close to what we have now. It was the Wordpress which had reached millions of users. -he main admin panel again got an 23 update with a collapsible sidebar with various options to control your entire site.

(Image Source: churchm.ag) 'here were a variety of available tools in the sidebar which were categorized into various sections like (osts" (ages" Comments" Media" (lugins" -hemes" etc# 'he *ashboard had a 54uic+ (ress6 option which made posting super /uick. It also got updates to the comments section with the ability to reply to comments from the admit panel itself and the support for threaded comments too.

Wordpress 3."
Codename $ %ershwin, $elease %ate $ + 8uly "011 .reviously we had 3.0 and 3.1 update adding the support of multi5site functionality in Wordpress, a default theme named 5'wenty 'en6, a sticky 3dmin 7ar on top of all posts and pages of your blog and much more. 7ut Wordpress was becoming more and more popular day0by0day. &ore and more users were ,umping into Wordpress and trying their hands on this powerful =& . 'he Wordpress development community was also not sitting back and to +eep the pace running they released the 3#2 update with the main aim of ma+ing Wordpress faster and light5 weight#

(Image Source: churchm.ag) 3nother cool feature addition to Wordpress was the )Fullscreen .ditor* which pro&ides a distraction5free writing e6perience for the writers. >ater the 3.3 minor update also got released to make Wordpress compatibility better with the tablet computers.

Wordpress 3.1
Codename $ ?lvin, $elease %ate $ 11 *ecember "01" 'his update introduces very little improvement in terms -I or performance, but brings a ma!or impro&ement in the image wor+flow in Wordpress . 'he new )Media Manager* gets a completely new look and presents an efficient way of managing all your media content easily.

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It also adds support for the 3pple)s @etina display so that no matter how large your screen resolution is, the admin panel would ,ust fit in perfectly. We also got a new color picker and a new theme 5'wenty 'welve6.

Wordpress 3.#
Codename $ 7asie, $elease %ate $ "+ Actober "013 'here are many new improvements which have been introduced from this new update, but the thing that is worth mentioning this time is, automatic bac+ground updates. :ou don)t need to click a single button to apply the new security and maintenance updates. .&erything happens automatically and in an e&en more secured manner#

Wordpress also improves their password meter and ensures that you create a stronger password than before as it is the first line of defense of your website. &oreover, this update allows Wordpress to automatically update the language files which is a boon for the users using Wordpress in languages other than ?nglish.

'he 2uture of -pdatesB
'he ,ourney of Wordpress evolution ends here with the current Wordpress version being 3.#. 7ut the development will probably never stop. We are going to ha&e many updates which are going to ma+e our li&es a lot easier with Wordpress# 'he ne!t release of Wordpress 3.< is due in *ecember this year, which will bring some more improvements and features to Wordpress.

(Image Source: wprealm.com) 'here has also been a long rumor that Wordpress is going to change the -I completely and is planning to adapt a completely new look in its near future updates as there have been no ma,or -I update for a long time.

'bout the author7 C3ritra @oy, is a 7logger, 2reelance Writer, *esigner and Anline ?ntrepreneur who believes in the power of written words to educate, influence and inspire people.