WordPress 19th Anniversary

May 27th, 2022 is the 19th anniversary of the first WordPress release.

We think this is worth celebrating, and we want the WordPress community all over the world to celebrate with us by sharing thoughts, photos, and tweets.

Here are some highlights of the first release:

  • Texturize — So good it’ll make your quotes curl.
  • WordPress Links — A link manager with everything you’d expect, from support to a handy bookmarklet. Manage as many blogrolls as you like, and have complete control over their display.
  • XHTML 1.1 — WordPress is compliant with XHTML standards up to 1.1, though by default it sends a 1.0 document type to avoid compatibility issues.
  • Highly Intelligent Line Breaks — Occasionally called “nl2br on steroids,” this brand new function adds line breaks except where there is already a block-level tag or another line break.
  • New Administration Interface — We’ve made it as simple as possible, and no more. Everything has been restructured from the ground up in a fully compliant XHTML/CSS interface.
  • Manual Excerpts — This allows you to handcraft summaries of your posts to appear in your RSS feed and other places.
  • New Default Templates — Again we’ve streamlined these with the latest in simple, easy-to-understand standard XHTML and CSS. And not a CSS hack insight.
  • Plus numerous behind-the-scenes code cleanups, making this release faster and more stable than ever.

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