WordPress Anniversary

Posted January 28, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Development.

I almost missed it, but the 25th was exactly one year after the fateful comment from Mike that started the chain of events that brought WordPress into being. Look how far things have come from that comment to the world-class blogging software we have now. The longest journey begins with a single step.

WordPress CSS Styles Competition

Posted January 26, 2004 by Alex King. Filed under Meta.

To help grow the number of stylesheets available for the default WordPress template, we’re sponsoring a CSS Style Competition for WordPress (with prizes!) through February 6, 2004.

Tell your neighbors, tell your friends… get those creative juices flowing and send in your designs!

1.0.1 "Miles" Release Available

Posted January 25, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Releases.

The latest WordPress 1.0.1 is now available. This is the fastest, most stable, and most secure WordPress ever.

WordPress-Powered Sites in Bloggies

Posted January 23, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Awards.

The 2004 Bloggies nominations are up and I noticed that the WP-powered Kitta.net is nominated for Best Design. She has some very respectable competition, so please keep her in mind when you’re voting. If I missed any other WP sites let me know and I’ll add them here.

Popular Politicians Use WP

Posted January 21, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under General.

Oskar var Rijswijk writes about the leader of the Dutch socialist party starting a weblog and using WordPress. I’m not familiar with the politics of the region, and I can’t read a word on the site (except “WordPress”) but his first post already has 122 comments. So go check out the new Jan Marijnissen Weblog. Adam Curry covers it as well.

Update: Oskar wrote in the following extra information “Adam Curry did not only cover it – het initiated it: he made him do it (meeting him in his Radio Show in The Netherlands, and offering Jan in return to become a meber of his party). Quite a stir in the Dutch blogger community… ” Thanks for the clarification!

Super Bowl Rentals and WordPress?

Posted January 20, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under General.

Things have been pretty crazy here around Houston with events preparing for the Super Bowl. From Snoop Dogg to Janet Jackson, everyone is coming and hotels have been sold out for months. It’s expected that between 50 and 100 thousand people are going to be looking for a place to stay. In response to the demand people are renting out their houses and apartments to Super Bowl visitors, often at very high prices.

I was very surprised the new Super Bowl Rentals .com running WordPress! I thought this would be a good oppurtunity to support a WordPress entrepreneur and point out their novel use of the comment system, which I haven’t seen done before. So go check out super bowl rentals.

1.0.1 Release Candidate

Posted January 15, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Development, Releases.

The release candidate for version 1.0.1 is now available in the usual place. The 1.0.1 release fixes all known issues with 1.0, has several speed and efficiency improvements, more robust XFN support, improved importers all around, and a few other miscellaneous features. To upgrade from 1.0 simply overwrite your old files and run wp-admin/upgrade.php.

Cruft-Free URIs in WP 1.0

Posted January 8, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Documentation.

There has been some talk of cruft-free URIs again of late, so I thought I would post step-by-step directions for WordPress 1.0. Pay close attention, this will be very difficult.

  1. Login. Click “Options”. Click “Permalinks”.
  2. Enter your permalink structure into the box. I like the default one given, /archives/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/.
  3. Copy and paste the code it gives you into your .htaccess file.

If you made it this far, you should know that we recognize this process is overly complicated, and we are working to eliminate Step 3 in the future.

Update: Mark Pilgrim has some instructions for Movable Type users.

Nightly Builds

Posted January 6, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Development.

Nightly builds are now available at https://wordpress.org/nightly/ . If you’re reporting a bug from a nightly build in the forums please let us know the date of the build.

WordPress 1.0

Posted January 3, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Releases.

I am proud to announce that WordPress 1.0 is now available. As the version number indicates, this is a major step for us and a great deal of effort has gone into it.

Search engine friendly permalinks
You may now structure your permalinks in a manner that is not only more meaningful, semantic, and "cruft-free," but also friendlier to search engines. And all it takes is three steps. A common server module called mod_rewrite is currently required for this functionality.
Multiple Categories
WordPress now supports true multiple categories per post. This means that you could have one post in twenty different categories, if you wanted. Categories also now have a nice URI such as /category/category-name if you have the new permalink option enabled.
Dead simple installation and upgrade
One of the things we most frequently receive feedback about is how easy our installation process is. Well, it got easier. The one configuration file you have to edit, wp-config.php, is now able to be set up through the browser. If you don’t have the proper permissions for that, we have improved instructions to make everything easy for you. Also vastly improved is our new intelligent upgrade code. If you’re upgrading from any previous version of WordPress you can just run upgrade.php and it will intelligently update the database.
Comment moderation
You can now set up comments to be approved before they are displayed on your main site. This in addition to the control you have over whether comments are open or closed from previous versions. We’ve made this system very easy to use and edit hundreds of comments at a time.
XFN Support
XFN is a simple way to reperesent human relationships in hyperlinks. WordPress now allows editing of rel values through an easy interface very similar to the XFN Creator.
Atom Support
WordPress 1.0 supports Atom .3 syndication and auto-discovery.
Edit this page/comment
There is a new template tag (included in the new default template) that shows an link directly to the admin page for editing a post or comment but only if you have the permission to edit it. This means it makes easy for you, but your site visitors never see it.
Major admin interface changes
Ping/TrackBack on edit
New, faster posting interface
Create users from admin page
Cleaned up structure and naming scheme
WordPress now has a consistent and future-minded naming scheme that has cleaned up the file and directory structure considerably.
New OPML import support
You can now import OPML files from blogrolling.com or blo.gs.
Store XML feed URIs with your links
Associate an XML feed with any link, which may later be used for integrated aggregator functionality.
Trackback on edit
You can now send trackback pings when editing a post.
Additional template tags
We’ve added a few template tags for addressing the new fields, such as author and category descriptions, link XML links, et cetera.
Movable Type and Textpattern import tools
You can now easily upgrade to WordPress from any of the following tools: Blogger, Movable Type, Textpattern, b2, and Greymatter. Just run the proper import script in your wp-admin directory and you’re good to go.

See Also:

Want to follow the code? There’s a development P2 blog and you can track active development in the Trac timeline that often has 20–30 updates per day.

Want to find an event near you? Check out the WordCamp schedule and find your local Meetup group!

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