Today, WordPress turns 10 years old and I’d like to share my own experiences with the project that so many of us love.
When I first started building websites in about 2002, it was with tables and raw HTML. I then moved on to adding some CSS, but it wasn’t until about 2005 that I made the leap to a CMS and ended up selecting Joomla, for whatever reason.
I always found Joomla to be a bit more clunky and over-complicated than it needed to be, but it wasn’t until 2008 that I turned to WordPress.
Once I tried WordPress for the first time, I knew I was hooked and that I’d never be using Joomla again. Soon enough, my photoblog was on WordPress as was my personal blog and sites that I had built for friends.
In about 2010, enough people were asking me to build sites for them that I decided to start turning it into a business. Initially I kept it informal but before long, I knew that I’d need to start reporting the income, so I created a DBA to start operating under.
Since then, The UK Edge has gone from strength to strength. I started putting tutorials online to help my clients learn how to use the websites I was building for them, which has since turned into a fairly popular site called Do It With WordPress. It’s a nice way to be able to share my knowledge and help give back to the community. Furthermore, it brings in enough advertising income to run itself, and it’s a nice way for me to market my web development services (“can’t do it yourself? I’ll help you do it”).
I love giving back to the community that has served me so well. I created a few plugins that have been downloaded a few thousand times, but most of all, I just keep trying to share my knowledge here. As I learn more about WordPress, I love to share that knowledge with the world. After all, it’s open-source knowledge that has enabled me to create my own web development business, so I’d be something of a hypocrite if I didn’t share my knowledge in return.
All told, WordPress has enabled me, my clients and all of you to publish content freely, and create websites for next to nothing. There’s no more barriers to creating incredible websites that can be changed and improved readily, without the need for a sizable budget to maintain your site, because it’s simple enough to do it yourself.
WordPress really has revolutionised the way we publish content and for that, I’m eternally grateful to the project, which of course consists of all the contributors, and beyond that, the community, that makes it such a great success.