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WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 Released, Finall Version in May – Has 98 Versions Since .70 May 2003 Release

WordPress has been around since May 2003 and has grown leap and bound — since its first release version .70 on May 27, 2003, the open source content management software has “98 version releases of WordPress to date,” and more than 100 books published on WordPress since 2006.

According to a blog post by Lorelle VanFossen who has collected an impressive amount of stats and data regarding the usage of WordPress today, notes that according to founder, Matt Mullenweg, “WordPress has been downloaded 65 million since version 3 was released in June of 2010, and 14.7% of the top million websites are powered by WordPress.”

WordPress 3.3 alone has been downloaded 12,179,538 times.

VanFossen also notes, that an average of 2.5 million pages served to 352 million people per month on WordPress.com, and (out of 2 job sites) an average of 8,615 WordPress-related are jobs posted each month.

Here is the WordPress’s complete release history:

Release History

.70May 27, 2003
1.0January 3, 2004Miles Davis
1.2May 22, 2004Charles Mingus
1.5February 17, 2005Billy Strayhorn
2.0December 31, 2005Duke Ellington
2.1January 22, 2007Ella Fitzgerald
2.2May 16, 2007Stan Getz
2.3September 24, 2007Dexter Gordon
2.5March 29, 2008Michael Brecker
2.6July 15, 2008McCoy Tyner
2.7December 10, 2008John Coltrane
2.8June 11, 2009Chet Baker
2.9December 18, 2009Carmen McRae
3.0June 17, 2010Thelonious Monk
3.1February 23, 2011Django Reinhardt
3.2July 4, 2011George Gershwin
3.3December 12, 2011Sonny Stitt
3.4, 3.5, and 3.6All are planned, for 2012 release.

Also, note that the WordPress today released the WordPress 3.4 Beta 1, and the final version will be released sometime in May.

“If all goes well, we hope to release WordPress 3.4 in May. The more help we get with testing and fixing bugs, the sooner we will be able to release the final version. If you want to be a beta tester, you should check out the Codex article on how to report bugs,” Jane Wells posted on WordPress News blog.

Here’s what’s new in Beta 1:

  • Theme Customizer with Previewer
  • Flexible Custom Header Sizes
  • Selecting Custom Header and Background Images from Media Library
  • Better experience searching for and choosing a theme

And, here’re under-the-hood changes:

  • New XML-RPC API for external and mobile applications
  • New API for registering theme support for custom headers and backgrounds
  • Performance improvements to WP_Query by splitting the query (Please test!)
  • Internationalization improvements (improved performance and locale support)
  • Performance and API improvements when working with lists of installed themes
  • Support for installing child themes from the WordPress Themes Directory
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