History

We’ve been working on a new book about the history of WordPress drawing on dozens of interviews with the original folks involved and extensive research. It’s not ready yet, but for the tenth anniversary of WordPress we’d like to make a chapter available, On forking WordPress, forks in general, early WordPress, and the community, which you can download below in the following formats:

Jazzers and Release Dates

WordPress core developers share a love of jazz music, and all our major releases are named in honor of jazz musicians we personally admire. Here’s a list of releases and the musicians they were named for. You can listen to a Last.fm station of all the musicians we named a release for.

Version Musician Date
.70 No musician chosen. May 27, 2003
1.0 Miles Davis January 3, 2004
1.2 Charles Mingus May 22, 2004
1.5 Billy Strayhorn February 17, 2005
2.0 Duke Ellington December 31, 2005
2.1 Ella Fitzgerald January 22, 2007
2.2 Stan Getz May 16, 2007
2.3 Dexter Gordon September 24, 2007
2.5 Michael Brecker March 29, 2008
2.6 McCoy Tyner July 15, 2008
2.7 John Coltrane December 10, 2008
2.8 Chet Baker June 11, 2009
2.9 Carmen McRae December 18, 2009
3.0 Thelonious Monk June 17, 2010
3.1 Django Reinhardt February 23, 2011
3.2 George Gershwin July 4, 2011
3.3 Sonny Stitt December 12, 2011
3.4 Grant Green June 13, 2012
3.5 Elvin Jones December 11, 2012
3.6 Oscar Peterson August 1, 2013
3.7 Count Basie October 24, 2013
3.8 Charlie Parker December 12, 2013
3.9 Jimmy Smith April 16, 2014
4.0 Benny Goodman September 4, 2014
4.1 Dinah Washington December 18, 2014
4.2 Bud Powell April 23, 2015
4.3 Billie Holiday August 18, 2015
4.4 Clifford Brown December 8, 2015
4.5 Coleman Hawkins April 12, 2016
4.6 Pepper Adams August 16, 2016
4.7 Sarah Vaughan December 6, 2016
4.8 Bill Evans June 8, 2017
4.9 Billy Tipton November 15, 2017
5.0 Bebo Vald├ęs December 6, 2018