Somehow in the rush of all the development that’s been going on lately we forgot the birthday of our favorite baby, WordPress.com.
However Lorelle remembered and wrote a great post. It seems fitting that our birthday post should come from one of our bloggers!
I don’t think I can add a whole lot on top of her post, so here’s some Automattic and WordPress.com trivia:
- Donncha was the first employee
- I had never met him when I hired him
- The main blog has a registration date of 2006-07-20, about a month after Donncha started
- Some early testing of MU was done at wordpad.org
- Andy was the second employee, starting August 28th (ish)
- The first server that ran WordPress.com cost $82 a month
- We still have that server around, it hosts webstandards.org and themes.wordpress.net
- When we launched it was invite-only, we got a few thousand people through that system
- The early days were rough, some pretty major bugs and downtime
- WordPress.com opened to the public in December 2005
- But we got virtually no signups until January, I don’t remember why
Now for some stats! Don’t forget to compare these numbers from those about 3 months ago.
In the last 10 days, WordPress.com users have…
- Created 18,329 blogs
- Added 63,198 static pages
- Tagged 231,267 tags on posts
- Gotten 501,111 comments
- Written 416,602 posts
- Had 16,621,767 pageviews!