I first discovered WordPress late one night in college. This would have been around 2005 or 2006. I had set up a server because after years of using services like Tripod, Geocities and Angelfire I wanted to have a website of my very own to practice on some of the things I was learning in class.
By chance one night while playing around I discovered the Fantastico installer and started playing with different little scripts it could install, no clue that lurking within all those scripts was a little content engine that would rule my life for the past 12/13 years. By chance I installed WordPress.
I had some interest in blogging, having used a little live journal like site an ex-girlfriend had convinced me to sign up for. So I thought WordPress might be an easy way to set up a blog on my simple site and I could play with it.
As soon as I saw the backend of the site, I was hooked. It was so simple, yet with plugins, and the right theme it could be so incredibly powerful.
I started blogging about nerdy things I found on the internet, with no real direction. Just learning how to use WordPress.
When a friend and I decided to launch a podcast in 2008, we used WordPress as the engine for running our little show. When I got my first job out of college, it was at a local paper and the smaller sites we ran were all on WordPress.
I have launched so many quick and easy projects over the years on WordPress, including PDExposures and March of Film.
Hell, at the SEO firm I work for, we use WordPress for all of our client sites.
A project I am currently exceptionally proud of is Trainer Tol. This is a website my boss uses to form raid busses on Pokemon Go and raise money for charity. We used WooComerce to build a custom ticket engine that helps sell the tickets for the bus. It’s incredibly smart and has raised a ton of money for charity in just 6 months.
I write all this because WordPress is celebrating 15 years, its actual 15th anniversary was on May 27th. I am constantly amazed by the changes this content engine has made and I am really excited to see what the future of WP is.