By sschablow January 22, 2010
The official word on the official birth of The WordPress Foundation came in the wee hours of January 22, 2010 (there’s still a few minutes left of January 21 in my time zone). It reads simply: Hello, world. The moment we’ve all been waiting for: the WordPress Foundation is now public. As they say, slow cookin’ makes good eatin’.
So what’s this all about? WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg explains:
“The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.
The point of the foundation is to ensure free access, in perpetuity, to the projects we support. People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come. ”
The move is an effort to further gather broad community support to make sure that the freely accessible software project remain that way. When you look at the numbers you realize just how important WordPress has become:
- WordPress is available in 23 languages and has been downloaded about 18,000,000 times in 2009
- The more-than 1,100 free WordPress Themes have received over 11,000,000 downloads
- The 8,000 WordPress plugins have received over 71,000,000 downloads
So, whether you are a WordPress user / fan or not, head on over to http://wordpressfoundation.org/ and have a look around on this momentous occasion.
(Hat tip to @acnatta for pointing this out on Twitter)