WordPress was first released by Matt Mullenweg on May 27, 2003. In late 2005, he founded Automattic, the business behind WordPress.com and Akismet. WordPress.com is a hosted version of the blogging software, often used to try our WordPress before finding a host, and Akismet is a extremely successful comment spam prevention tool.
As of August 2010, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 12.5 million times.
Matt Mullenweb set up the WordPress Foundation in 2010 to look after his legacy. The foundation website states:“The point of the foundation is to ensure free access, in perpetuity, to the software projects we support. People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come.”