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
6.0 Arturo O’Farrill Èbìbí 24, 2022
5.9 Joséphine Baker Ṣẹrẹ 25, 2022
5.8 Art Tatum Agẹmọ 20, 2021
5.7 Esperanza Spalding Ẹrẹ́nà 9, 2021
5.6 Nina Simone Ọ̀pẹ 8, 2020
5.5 Billy Eckstine Ògún 11, 2020
5.4 Nat Adderley Ẹrẹ́nà 31, 2020
5.3 Rahsaan Roland Kirk Bélú 12, 2019
5.2 Jaco Pastorius Èbìbí 7, 2019
5.1 Betty Carter Èrèlé 21, 2019
5.0 Bebo Valdés Ọ̀pẹ 6, 2018
4.9 Billy Tipton Bélú 15, 2017
4.8 Bill Evans Òkúdù 8, 2017
4.7 Sarah Vaughan Ọ̀pẹ 6, 2016
4.6 Pepper Adams Ògún 16, 2016
4.5 Coleman Hawkins Igbe 12, 2016
4.4 Clifford Brown Ọ̀pẹ 8, 2015
4.3 Billie Holiday Ògún 18, 2015
4.2 Bud Powell Igbe 23, 2015
4.1 Dinah Washington Ọ̀pẹ 18, 2014
4.0 Benny Goodman Ọwẹ́wẹ̀ 4, 2014
3.9 Jimmy Smith Igbe 16, 2014
3.8 Charlie Parker Ọ̀pẹ 12, 2013
3.7 Count Basie Ọ̀wàrà 24, 2013
3.6 Oscar Peterson Ògún 1, 2013
3.5 Elvin Jones Ọ̀pẹ 11, 2012
3.4 Grant Green Òkúdù 13, 2012
3.3 Sonny Stitt Ọ̀pẹ 12, 2011
3.2 George Gershwin Agẹmọ 4, 2011
3.1 Django Reinhardt Èrèlé 23, 2011
3.0 Thelonious Monk Òkúdù 17, 2010
2.9 Carmen McRae Ọ̀pẹ 18, 2009
2.8 Chet Baker Òkúdù 11, 2009
2.7 John Coltrane Ọ̀pẹ 10, 2008
2.6 McCoy Tyner Agẹmọ 15, 2008
2.5 Michael Brecker Ẹrẹ́nà 29, 2008
2.3 Dexter Gordon Ọwẹ́wẹ̀ 24, 2007
2.2 Stan Getz Èbìbí 16, 2007
2.1 Ella Fitzgerald Ṣẹrẹ 22, 2007
2.0 Duke Ellington Ọ̀pẹ 31, 2005
1.5 Billy Strayhorn Èrèlé 17, 2005
1.2 Charles Mingus Èbìbí 22, 2004
1.0 Miles Davis Ṣẹrẹ 3, 2004
.70 No musician chosen. Èbìbí 27, 2003