The History of WordPress Updates – How many and What is the Difference?

WordPress is an ever-growing open source platform that powers more than 23.5% of the websites today. It was first launched as a blogging software in the year 2003 but has evolved to be one of the most preferred and invincible software used around the world to develop fully functional and dynamic websites. It enables web users to create aesthetically appealing and feature-rich websites without ever touching a single line of code.

But do you know how did it all start? In today’s post, we are going to have a peek at the early life and various versions of WordPress released over the years.

The Early Years

WordPress was first introduced by Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg in May 2003. There were various other developers involved in the development of this software including French programmer Michel Valdrighi, developer Dougal Campbell, and a small team of WordPress also launched a hub known as Ping-O-Matic in April 2004 to inform search engines about a new blog update.

  • June 9, 2003 – WordPress 0.71 Now Available
  • June 25, 2003 – WordPress Version 0.711 Now Available
  • July 31, 2003 – Link Manager Changes
  • August 24, 2003 – Point 72 Beta 1 Available
  • September 1, 2003 – Point 72 Beta 2 Available
  • October 4, 2003 – 0.72 Release Candidate 1
  • October 11, 2003 – 0.72 Final Version Available

2004

A new version 1.0 released with amazing features such as search engine friendly permalinks, comment moderation, minor enhancements to the UI, multiple categories per post, simplified installation process and much more.

  • January 15, 2004 – WordPress 1.0.1 Release Candidate
  • January 25, 2004 – WordPress 1.0.1 “Miles” Release
  • April 29, 2004 – WordPress 1.2 Beta
  • May 11, 2004 – WordPress build was created for the Gentoo Linux system
  • May 14, 2004 – 1.2 Release Candidate
  • May 20, 2004 – Final Release Candidate (1.2)

 

2005

The developers announced the release of WordPress 1.5 Strayhorn on February 17, 2005, that came with a flexible theme system, static pages, and an improved comment system.

  • Updates followed by Strayhorn
  • May 9, 2005 – WordPress 1.5.1 (Updated)
  • June 29, 2005 – WordPress 1.5.1.3
  • August 14, 2005 – WordPress 1.5.2 – Security fixes
  • December 20, 2005 – WordPress 2.0 Release Candidate Duke – came with a completely designed back-end along with various other features such as user roles, Akismet, inline uploads, the visual editor (WYSIWYG) and more.

 

2006

A minor change in the previous version 2.0 was launched a version 2.0.1 which came exactly a month later i.e. January 31, 2006, and fixed more than 100 bugs.

  • March 10, 2006 – 2.0.2 Security Release
  • April 1, 2006 – WordPattern (Aprils Fools) – WordPattern was/is a joke!
  • June 1, 2006 – WordPress 2.0.3
  • July 29, 2006 – WordPress 2.0.4
  • October 23, 2006 – MU 1.0 and bbPress
  • October 27, 2006 – WordPress 2.0.5 “Ronan” thanks to Ryan Boren (This release was not named after any jazz legend)

 

2007

Other minor versions 2.0.6 and 2.0.7 were launched on 5 January 2007 and 15 January 2007 respectively.

  • January 22, 2007 – A new version was launched i.e. version 2.1 Ella packed with amazing features including spell check, a new user interface and auto save.
  • February 21, 2007 – New Releases: 2.1.1 and 2.0.9
  • March 2, 2007 – WordPress 2.1.1 dangerous, Upgrade to 2.1.2
  • April 3, 2007 – WordPress 2.1.3 and 2.0.10
  • May 16, 2007 – WordPress 2.2 “Getz” was launched with widgets, speed optimizations and atom feed support features
  • June 21, 2007 – WordPress 2.2.1
  • August 2, 2007 – WordPress 2.2.2 and 2.0.11
  • September 8, 2007 – WordPress 2.2.3
  • September 11, 2007 – WordPress 2.3 Beta 3
  • September 19, 2007 – WordPress 2.3 Release Candidate 1
  • September 25, 2007 – WordPress 2.3 Dexter launched – offered features such as with new taxonomy system, tagging functionality, update notifications, and pretty URLs
  • October 24, 2007 – WordPress 2.3.1. Release Candidate 1
  • October 26, 2007 – WordPress 2.3.1
  • December 29, 2007 – WordPress 2.3.2

2008

2008 arrived with a new version Brecker 2.5 that offered a variety of features such as a dashboard widget, the shortcode API, built-in galleries, password strength indicator, shortcode API and a new administration user interface design.

  • July 15, 2008 – Another version 2.6 Tyner was launched with features such as post revisions and press this, and WordPress was morphed quickly from a blogging system to full-fledged Content Management System.
  • August 15, 2008 – WordPress 2.6.1 – Bug fixes, improvements for international users
  • September 8, 2008 – WordPress 2.6.2
  • October 23, 2008 – WordPress 2.6.3 – Bug in the Snoopy library was fixed
  • December 11, 2008 – WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane” was launched and was heavily documented. The version completely changed the design and hosted tons of features. It introduced a drag and drop functionality which could be used to arrange dashboard widgets.

 

2009

2009 was welcomed with a minor version release 2.7.1 of major version 2.7 on February 10, 2009

  • June 11, 2009 – 2.8 Release Jazzes Themes and Widgets – with improvements to overall speed, taxonomies, widgets and themes
  • July 9, 2009 – WordPress 2.8.1
  • July 20, 2009 – WordPress 2.8.2
  • August 3, 2009 – WordPress 2.8.3 Security Release
  • August 12, 2009 – WordPRess 2.8.4 Security Release
  • October 20, 2009 – WordPress 2.8.5 Hardening Release
  • November 12, 2009 – WordPRess 2.8.6 Security Release
  • December 19, 2009 – A new major version WordPress 2.9 “Carmen” was released with automatic database optimization, better SEO, built-in image editor, and super easy video embeds.

 

2010

Minor releases WordPress 2.9.1 and 2.9.2 on January 4, 2010, and February 15, 2010, respectively.

  • June 17, 2010 – WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” – offered a default theme “Twenty Ten”, custom post types, Menu, shortlinks, custom headers and background, and more.
  • July 29, 2010 – WordPress 3.0.1
  • September 30, 2010 – WordPress for iPhone/iPad v2.6 Released
  • November 25, 2010 – Android Update 1.3.8, WordPress 3.1 Beta 1
  • November 30, 2010 – WordPress 3.0.2
  • December 8, 2010 – WordPress 3.0.3
  • December 15, 2010 – WordPress 3.1 Beta 2
  • December 25, 2010 – 3.0.4 Important Security Update

 

2011

A new major version 3.1 Reinhardt on February 23, 2011, was released, after a minor version release 3.0.5 on February 7, 2011, which Matt declared WordPress a complete Content Management System and according to him, the only thing that limited developers and users were their imagination.

  • April 26, 2011 – WordPress 3.1.2
  • May 12, 2011 – WordPress 3.2 Beta 1
  • May 25, 2011 – WordPress (and WordPress 3.2 Beta 2)
  • June 14, 2011 – WordPress 3.2 Release Candidate
  • June 29, 2011 – WordPress 3.1.4 (and 3.2 Release Candidate 3)
  • July 4, 2011 – WordPress 3.2 Gershwin – came with a new HTML5 Twenty Eleven theme, a generous thank you note, a redesigned WordPress UI and a Zen Mode
  • July 12, 2011 – WordPress 3.2.1
  • October 11, 2011 – WordPress 3.3 Beta 1
  • October 20, 2011 – WordPress 3.3 Beta 2
  • November 8, 2011 – WordPress 3.3 Beta 3
  • November 24, 2011 – WordPress 3.3 Beta 4
  • December 1, 2011 – WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate
  • December 7, 2011 – WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate 2
  • December  11, 2011 – WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate 3
  • December 12, 2011 – WordPress 3.3 “Sonny” – Offered new features drag and drop uploader, enhanced dashboard UI on iPad and other tablets, a new toolbar and so much more

 

2012

A minor security and maintenance version 3.3.1 was released on January 2, 2012, followed by WordPress 3.4 Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3 and Beta 4 on April 5, 12, 20 and May 4, 2012, respectively.

  • May 26, 2012 – WordPress 3.4 Release Candidate
  • June 7, 2012 – WordPress 3.4 Release Candidate 2
  • July 13, 2012 – WordPress 3.4 Green was finally welcomed that came with certain significant enhancements to the custom headers, Twitter embeds, theme system and image captions.
  • June 27, 2012 – WordPress 3.4.1 Maintenance and Security Release
  • September 6, 2012 – WordPress 3.4.2 Maintenance and Security Release
  • September 27, 2012 – WordPress Beta 1
  • October 13, 2012 – WordPress 3.5 Beta 2
  • November 13, 2012 – WordPress 3.5 Beta 3
  • December 11, 2012 – WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” – came with a motherload of enhanced features to make the life of developers and WordPress users a lot easier such as more control over media, retina ready design, improved UI, and Twenty Twelve theme.

 

2013

  • January 14, 2013 – WordPress 3.5.1 Maintenance and Security Release
  • April 4, 2013   – WordPress 3.6 Beta 1
  • June 21, 2013 – WordPress 3.5.2 Maintenance and Security Release
  • August 1, 2013 – WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” – included enhanced menu editor, audio and video embeds, Twenty Thirteen theme, post locking, intuitive autosave and more.
  • September 11, 2013 – WordPress 3.6.1 Maintenance and Security Release
  • September 28, 2013 – WordPress 3.7 Beta 1
  • October 10, 2013 – WordPress 3.7 Beta 2
  • October 18, 2013 – WordPress 3.7 Release Candidate
  • October 23, 2013 – WordPress 3.7 Release Candidate 2
  • October 24, 2013 – WordPress 3.7 “Basie” – came with a host of developer features, better global support, stronger passwords, and automatic updates.
  • October 29, 2013 – WordPress 3.7.1 Maintenance Release
  • November 21, 2013 – WordPress 3.8 Beta 1
  • December 4, 2013 – WordPress 3.8 RC1
  • December 10, 2013 – WordPress 3.8 RC2
  • December 12, 2013 – WordPress 3.8 “Parker” – it was responsive, had a colorful design with refined contrasts and cleaner typography, had 8 admin color schemes, came with improved widgets and Twenty Fourteen theme.

 

2014

A new minor version 3.8.1 was released on January 23, 2014, with certain maintenance fixes followed by 3.9 Beta 1, Beta 2 and Beta 3 along with WordPress 3.8.2 security release.

  • April 14, 2014 – WordPress 3.8.3 Maintenance Release
  • April 15, 2014 – WordPress 3.9 Release Candidate
  • April 16, 2014 – WordPress 3.9 “Smith” – had the same interface as that of WordPress 3.8 but came with a new image editor, redesigned visual editor, improved HTML media player, theme customizer that allowed editing of headers and widgets and gallery preview added.
  • May 8, 2014 – WordPress 3.9.1 Maintenance Release
  • July 10, 2014 – WordPress 4.0 Beta 1
  • July 18, 2014 – WordPress 4.0 Beta 2
  • August 6, 2014 – WordPress 3.9.2 Security Release
  • August 25, 2014 – WordPress 4.0 Beta 4
  • August 27, 2014 – WordPress 4.0 Release Candidate
  • September 4, 2014 – WordPress 4.0 “Benny” – provided a smooth management and writing experience. Also had a visual customizer, a new plugin browser, improved embeds, sticky toolbar in the post editor, redesigned media library etc.
  • November 14, 2014 – WordPress 4.1 Beta 1
  • November 20, 2014 – WordPress 4.0.1 Security Release
  • December 11, 2014 – WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate
  • December 18, 2014 – WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate 3
  • December 18, 2014 – WordPress 4.1 “Dinah” – provided vine support, global profile log out, language translations, simplified editor, and various other impressive features.

 

2015

WordPress 4.1.1 maintenance released along with WordPress 4.2 Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3 and Beta 4 release immediately followed by WordPress 4.2 release candidate. Another minor version 4.1.2 security release was launched.

  • April 23, 2015 – WordPress 4.2 “Powell” – offered extended character support, an easier way to share content, more embeds, streamlined plugin updates and more
  • April 27, 2015 – WordPress 4.2.1 Security Release
  • May 7, 2015 – WordPress 4.2.2 Security & Maintenance Release
  • July 2, 2015 – WordPress 4.3 Beta 1
  • July 8, 2015 – WordPress 4.3 Beta 2
  • July 15, 2015 – WordPress 4.3 Beta 3
  • July 22, 2015 – WordPress 4.3 Beta 4
  • July 23, 2015 – WordPress 4.2.3 Security & Maintenance Release
  • July 29, 2015 – WordPress 4.3 Release Candidate
  • August 4, 2015 – WordPress 4.2.4 Security & Maintenance Release
  • August 18, 2015 – WordPress 4.3 “Billie” – included menus in the customizer, formatting shortcuts, site icons, better passwords, a smoother admin experience and more.
  • September 15, 2015 – WordPress 4.3.1 Security & Maintenance Release
  • October 22, 2015 – WordPress 4.4 Beta 1
  • October 28, 2015 – WordPress 4.4 Beta 2
  • November 4, 2015 – WordPress 4.4 Beta 3
  • November 12, 2015 – WordPress 4.4 Beta 4
  • November 25, 2015 – WordPress 4.4 Release Candidate
  • December 8, 2015 – WordPress 4.4 “Clifford” – introduced Twenty Sixteen, responsive images, embedded everything, etc.

 

2016

WordPress 4.4.1 Security & Maintenance and WordPress 4.4.2 Security & Maintenance were released along with WordPress 4.5 Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3 and Beta 4.

  • March 24, 2016 – WordPress 4.5 Release Candidate
  • April 10, 2016 – WordPress 4.5 Release Candidate 2
  • April 12, 2016 – WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” – came with inline linking, the cyclone, improved customizations, live responsive previews and more.
  • April 26, 2016 – WordPress 4.5.1 Maintenance Release
  • May 6, 2016 – WordPress 4.5.2 Security Release
  • June 18, 2016 – WordPress 4.5.3 Security & Maintenance Release
  • June 30, 2016 – WordPress 4.6 Beta 1
  • July 6, 2016 – WordPress 4.6 Beta 2
  • July 13, 2016 – WordPress 4.6 Beta 3
  • July 20, 2016 – WordPress 4.6 Beta 4
  • Being used on millions of websites, WordPress not only excels as a blogging platform but also capable of building any type of website – single page sites to huge e-commerce stores. And the various version releases justifies it completely.

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