wordpress-10th-anniversay-2Monday marks the 10th anniversary of WordPress, the website hosting software, which has become a popular publishing platform.
WordPress now powers one in seven websites, and 58 percent of all content management systems.
In fact, 66 million websites worldwide use WordPress including Silicon Hills News, TechCrunch, TED and CNN.
Austin and San Antonio WordPress Meetup Groups both plan to host parties on Monday to celebrate the anniversary. ZippyKid in San Antonio and WPEngine in Austin are both dedicated WordPress Hosting startups.
And last weekend, a record crowd of 450 people turned out Saturday to the Austin Baptist Church Campus to attend WordCamp Austin 2013, a fitting location for devotees of the WordPress publishing platform.
Harrison Funk, a professional photographer, volunteered to shoot pictures at WordCamp Austin. Funk served the late Michael Jackson’s personal photographer and has photographed top celebrities and leaders like President Obama and Nelson Mandela.
“This is my first opportunity to connect with Austin and I love it,” Funk said.
He plans to switch his photo site HarrisonFunk.com to the WordPress platform soon.
“I’m learning a lot here,” he said. “I have met the most amazing people here. Brilliant techies and wonderful business people.”
The conference, geared to all levels of WordPress users, has grown from 100 attendees three years ago to 250 last year and 450 this year, said Sandi Chevalier-Batik, one of its organizers. They also held a developers-only conference on Sunday at Capital Factory.
The Austin WordPress Meetup Group, with more than 1,500 members, the seventh largest in the world, organized the WordCamp Austin event, which was run by volunteers. Chevalier-Batik doesn’t think the sold-out Wordcamp Austin event will get much bigger because she doesn’t want it to lose the one on one interaction between the experts and those who need help.
“I think we are so blessed to have so many top level developers who still want to spend time with the newbies,” Chevalier-Batik said. The WordPress Austin community involves people, who have developed top-level skills, giving back to others who are still learning, she said.