The Story of WordPress – The History of the Web
It was January of 2003, and 19 year old blogger and amateur programmer Matt Mullenweg was distraught. In a post on his blog titled The Blogging Software Dilemma, Mullenweg wrote:
My logging software hasn’t been updated for months, and the main developer has disappeared, and I can only hope that he’s okay.
Mullenweg’s “logging software” was called b2. It was created in 2001 by developer Michel Valdrighi. At the time, Valdrighi was still pretty new to programming. But the web was full of bright-eyed new programmers looking to hack together solutions for themselves. So he created b2 as an alternative to other popular blogging platforms like Movable Type and Greymatter.
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