History

We’ve been working on a new book about the history of WordPress drawing on dozens of interviews with the original folks involved and extensive research. It’s not ready yet, but for the tenth anniversary of WordPress we’d like to make a chapter available, On forking WordPress, forks in general, early WordPress, and the community, which you can download below in the following formats:

Jazzers and Release Dates

WordPress core developers share a love of jazz music, and all our major releases are named in honor of jazz musicians we personally admire. Here’s a list of releases and the musicians they were named for. You can listen to a Last.fm station of all the musicians we named a release for.

Version Musician Date
5.8 Art Tatum Gortheren 20, 2021
5.7 Esperanza Spalding Meurth 9, 2021
5.6 Nina Simone Kevardhu 8, 2020
5.5 Billy Eckstine Est 11, 2020
5.4 Nat Adderley Meurth 31, 2020
5.3 Rahsaan Roland Kirk Du 12, 2019
5.2 Jaco Pastorius Me 7, 2019
5.1 Betty Carter Hwevrer 21, 2019
5.0 Bebo Vald├ęs Kevardhu 6, 2018
4.9 Billy Tipton Du 15, 2017
4.8 Bill Evans Metheven 8, 2017
4.7 Sarah Vaughan Kevardhu 6, 2016
4.6 Pepper Adams Est 16, 2016
4.5 Coleman Hawkins Ebrel 12, 2016
4.4 Clifford Brown Kevardhu 8, 2015
4.3 Billie Holiday Est 18, 2015
4.2 Bud Powell Ebrel 23, 2015
4.1 Dinah Washington Kevardhu 18, 2014
4.0 Benny Goodman Gwynngala 4, 2014
3.9 Jimmy Smith Ebrel 16, 2014
3.8 Charlie Parker Kevardhu 12, 2013
3.7 Count Basie Hedra 24, 2013
3.6 Oscar Peterson Est 1, 2013
3.5 Elvin Jones Kevardhu 11, 2012
3.4 Grant Green Metheven 13, 2012
3.3 Sonny Stitt Kevardhu 12, 2011
3.2 George Gershwin Gortheren 4, 2011
3.1 Django Reinhardt Hwevrer 23, 2011
3.0 Thelonious Monk Metheven 17, 2010
2.9 Carmen McRae Kevardhu 18, 2009
2.8 Chet Baker Metheven 11, 2009
2.7 John Coltrane Kevardhu 10, 2008
2.6 McCoy Tyner Gortheren 15, 2008
2.5 Michael Brecker Meurth 29, 2008
2.3 Dexter Gordon Gwynngala 24, 2007
2.2 Stan Getz Me 16, 2007
2.1 Ella Fitzgerald Mis-Genver 22, 2007
2.0 Duke Ellington Kevardhu 31, 2005
1.5 Billy Strayhorn Hwevrer 17, 2005
1.2 Charles Mingus Me 22, 2004
1.0 Miles Davis Mis-Genver 3, 2004
.70 No musician chosen. Me 27, 2003