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