When Did Your WordPress Journey Begin?

WordPress has only been around for eight years or so, but it’s hard to imagine a world without our favorite publishing platform.

I ran a couple of personal blogging projects on WordPress.com in 2007-2008, but it wasn’t until early 2009 that I started using the WordPress.org software in a professional capacity.

So I’m no doubt a WordPress greenhorn compared to many of you folk out there. Which begs the question…

When and where did your WordPress journey begin?

How long have you been using WordPress?

We’d like to give you – dear readers – a chance to share a bit of your own WordPress history. Please leave us a note in the comment section below this article, and tell us your WordPress story.

  • What year did you start using WordPress?
  • How were you introduced to the software?
  • What was the first work you did with WordPress? Were you a blogger? Designer? Plugin/theme developer?

We’ll select the most interesting responses and do a follow-up article on our chosen WordPress Heroes next week.

So don’t be shy – tell us your WordPress story and score a bit of free publicity!

Thanks to Stuck in Customs for the photo.

12 Responses

  • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    What year did you start using WordPress?
    I started using WordPress in 2004.

    How were you introduced to the software?
    I was creating hand coded HTML sites for my small offline businesses. One was producing memorial DVDs for local funeral homes. I was updating my site several times a week and started looking for a faster process.

    After learning about Open Source and trying several platforms…Joomla, Drupal, and a slew of others, I found WordPress and it “spoke” to me. Although there were some definite rough patches as it morphed into a CMS, I’m obviously happy I stuck with it:)

    What was the first work you did with WordPress? Were you a blogger? Designer? Plugin/theme developer?
    See above:)

  • New Recruit

    I started using wordpress about only about a month-and-a-half ago, being dragged–kicking and screaming–from blogger. My partners in my little blog project run a commercial website they coded themselves and wanted to code me a site too but it would take too long. They (and I) didn’t want to use a free hosted solution so I suggested wordpress, not really knowing much about it other than it was popular. The partners looked at the software and said “damn, we can do a lot with this.”

  • New Recruit

    To preserve the logic order I need to change the questions order.

    2) How were you introduced to the software?
    In general – I googled for it. I had a willing to create a personal website and first of all I searched for tools that would help me. WordPress was one of the first I selected even in that time.

    1) What year did you start using WordPress?
    I bought my first domain (cosydale.com) on September 8th 2008 (that’s my birthday). The very same day I installed WP there and tried to do smth useful with it.

    3) What was the first work you did with WordPress? Were you a blogger? Designer? Plugin/theme developer?
    The first work was translating WordPress themes into Russian, after that in October 2008 I started my work with BuddyPress (yes, this time long ago!). Firstly I was just translating BuddyPress into Russian, then created several patches, small plugins to extend and adopt it to Russian BP community. Currently I do my living with WordPress and/or BuddyPress.

  • HummingBird

    What year did you start using WordPress?
    How were you introduced to the software?

    In late 2006 I dragged my feet, resisting the whole “blog” thing. Reluctantly, I used our host’s “Add A Blog” feature just to take it for a spin and discovered the powered by WordPress link at the bottom. Next thing you know, I was messing around with my first install.

    What was the first work you did with WordPress?

    I used my first blog as a marketing tool to sell the graphics business I had grown with my wife for 10 years. At the time I knew nothing of PHP, and the only understanding I had about plugins and themes was that there were plenty to choose from.

    Once we sold the business, we hit the road with our dog Jerry after his amputation due to bone cancer and started a blog to document our travels. Tripawds.com has since grown into the largest multisite network community for three legged dogs and their people powered by WordPress, and my passion for WordPress has grown with it.

  • New Recruit

    1) What year did you start using WordPress?
    In late 2004 I heard about it and then saw some blogs using it later on. I was impressed by the whole thing and thought I would have such a blog myself.

    2) How were you introduced to the software?
    It was some blog about the Tsunami in Indonesia 2004/2005 and I loved the design and the comment functionality and just wanted to use that myself. I tried to install the software but failed because I had absolutely no experience with server, hosting, php etc. …

    3) What was the first work you did with WordPress? Were you a blogger? Designer? Plugin/theme developer?
    In 2006 I finally managed to get that WP thing installed and the first site I did was a CMS like site/blog for a church youth group – I finished that in October of 2006. Then I decided to go fully with WordPress for my business and all my client’s sites since January 2007 are based on WordPress. I also began blogging myself with a music project in 2007 and others followed later on.
    Since my decision on the use of the Genesis Framework in 2010 I only work with that plus WordPress. And this year I released my first (free) child theme for Genesis – and already released 7 plugins to date :)

  • Several years ago one of my clients was using an old and no longer supported blog hosting script to host over 40,000 blogs. We had major issues all the time and I had to rewrite most of it to secure it and add features we required. The time and money to do all this was costing way more than it should, so I started researching alternative platforms. After a few months of trial and error on different platforms, I determined that WPMU+BuddyPress+WPMUDEV was the absolutely best replacement combination we would ever find.

    Migrating over 4 billion pieces of information between platforms was a struggle, but it went “mostly” without a hitch. Users don’t like change, and even though the new platform had even more features and functionality, there were plenty of complaints from users of the old platform (which allowed them to insert js, html, iframes and other tags anywhere they wanted), but with a little effort and a lot of shortcodes, most of the functionality they were interested in was replicated on WordPress.

    WPMU DEV has been instrumental in ensuring that the system was far more scalable (multi-db), provided many of the features we were after (anti-splog, domain mapping, moderation, support system and more).

    Now I run over 200 individual WordPress-powered sites for myself and clients, and am migrating my own “home brew” system functionality to operate as WP plugins. Definitely not looking back.

  • Plugin Developer

    1) What year did you start using WordPress?
    This year – 2011 – along with bbPress, BuddyPress, Web design, C++, programming, PHP, MySQL, etc

    2) How were you introduced to the software?
    Only discovering the whole notion of Web design in the past month (and that was with sitebuilders) I was visiting a robotics site and I noticed a “Proudly Powered my WordPress” link at the bottom. I had no idea what WordPress was or what to do with the ZIP package. After checking if my Web host, (FreeWebs) supported PHP, MySQL etc, I then found WordPress.com because of the .wordpress.com URL on many blogs.

    What was the first work you did with WordPress? Were you a blogger? Designer? Plugin/theme developer?
    Blogger, designer, developer, in that order, in the space of a couple of months!!

  • 1) What year did you start using WordPress?
    I started using WordPress for the first time, back in 2007.
    2) How were you introduced to the software?
    Honestly, I was just looking for a free blog hosting company, and found WordPress.com! That’s how I created my first blog and instantly, I went to discover what’s the software behind all of these great features. It was love at first sight!
    What was the first work you did with WordPress? Were you a blogger? Designer? Plugin/theme developer?
    Was just a simple a blog where I could have shared my thoughts. After a few months, I fell in love with coding and design.

  • New Recruit

    I switched to WordPress from Radio Userland (ahhh, anyone remember that?) waaay back in the day, 2004 I think.

    In order to do that I had to learn how to set up a hosting account, buy a domain, create a mysql database and use http://FTP... all from scratch.

    It was quite an eye opener!

    Needless to say I haven’t looked back much since then ;)

    I think I picked up about WP from the radio userland river of news aggregator (or was it bloglines), where I was subscribed to a bunch of ed tech folk, plus dave winer etc.

    Regardless, it was a toss up between MT & WP, and MT was just too hard & complicated, and had just started charging.

    First thing I did after installing the original WP (actually, I think I used Fantastico) was starting to install WP sites for pretty much everyone else I knew, which continues to this day!

  • I moved to wordpress quite recently, less than one year ago. I switched from Drupal tired of wasting my time in maintaining my own site.

    Tired from the complexity of Drupal, WordPress seemed the natural option.

    Since then I´ve turned the migration of web sites to WordPress in a company to help others follow the same path and reap the benefits of wordpress. Check http://migratetowp.com/ for details

  • New Recruit

    I have been doing static HTML websites for my clients for several years and didn’t have an intention to change it for another. About 3 years ago I got acquainted with WordPress for the first time – and it was really WOW for me. The sites designing has been simplified greatly and I chose WordPress for my work. Now I try to persuade all my clients to migrate to WordPress – besides, presently it’s a simple one click affair with online converters (like CMS2CMS, for instance).

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