WordPress Research

We are a distributed company, democratizing publishing and development.

We are the people behind WordPress.com, which serves more than 15.8 billion pages a month, as well as a host of other popular services, such as Akismet, Jetpack, and VaultPress. We are strong believers in Open Source, and the vast majority of our work is available under licenses like the GPL.

Our team members hail from nearly every continent and 43 countries around the world.


This article is about the blogging software. For the blog host, see WordPress.com.

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.[5] Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015.[6] WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web,[7] at more than 60 million websites.[8]

It was released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg[1] and Mike Little,[9] as a fork of b2/cafelog. The license under which WordPress software is released is the GPLv2 (or later) from the Free Software Foundation.

WordPress.com is a blog web hosting service provider owned by Automattic,[3] and powered by the open source WordPress software.[4] This website provides free blog hosting for registered users and is financially supported via paid upgrades,[5] “VIP” services and advertising.

Akismet is a spam filtering service that filters spam from comments, trackbacks, and contact form messages. The filter works by combining information about spam captured on all participating sites, and then using those spam rules to block future spam. Akismet is offered by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com.[2]

Launched on October 25, 2005,[3] Akismet is said to have captured over 100 billion spam comments and pings as of October 2013.[4]

WordPress.com Parent Automattic Raises $160 Million, Valued at $1.16 Billion

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and other Web publishing tools, has raised $160 million from investors, including Insight Venture Partners, CEO Matt Mullenweg confirmed.

The round values the nine-year-old company at $1.16 billion, after the investment, which is its first since it raised $12 million in 2008.

According to a blog post by Mullenweg, the round was led by Insight Venture Partners, as well as other new investors Chris Sacca and Endurance. In addition, longtime backer True Ventures has created a “special vehicle” to increase its investment and existing secondary investors, Tiger Global Management and Iconiq, also participated.

WordPress software now powers 22 percent of the world’s top 10 million websites, according to W3Techs. (That includes this site — Re/code is a customer of the WordPress.com VIP service.)

WordPress.com VIP – enterprise services for WordPress websites

What started in 2008 as three WordPress enthusiasts from different countries sharing ideas over email is now an international team of designers, developers, support ninjas and marketing people, catering for a passionate and constantly growing community of hundreds of thousands of users.

From humble beginnings selling a handful of commercial WordPress Themes we now offer a range of themes and plugins to extend WordPress experiences, including WooCommerce. Proudly bootstrapped and built around a firm belief in work-life balance we have big ambitions to become the ultimate WordPress toolkit provider. http://www.woothemes.com/

Matt Mullenweg

Matthew Charles “Matt” Mullenweg (born January 11, 1984) is an American online social media entrepreneur, web developer and musician living in San Francisco. He is best known for developing the free and open source web software WordPress, now managed by The WordPress Foundation. His professional blog is ma.tt, a domain hack.

After dropping out of college and working at CNET Networks from 2004 to 2005, Mullenweg quit that job and founded Automattic, the business behind WordPress.com (which provides free WordPress blogs and other services), Akismet, Gravatar, VaultPress, IntenseDebate, Polldaddy, and more.

Since 2005 Mullenweg has been a frequent keynote/speaker at conferences/events, including global WordCamp events,[4] SxSW,[5] Web 2.0 Summit, YCombinator’s Startup School,[6] Le Web,[7] Lean Startup Conference,[8] and the International World Wide Web Conference[9] etc.

Ryan Boren

My name is Ryan Boren. I am a lead developer of WordPress and a co-conspirator at Automattic. I live in Dripping Springs Texas with my wife, two kids, two dogs, a flock of chickens, a herd of goats, and twelve aquariums.


Hi, I’m Toni Schneider, Partner at True Ventures, team lead at Automattic, husband, and dad living in San Francisco. More on my About page. I’m also on Bandcamp and Twitter.

True Ventures
We invest in Founders of movements and products that capture the imagination.
We believe our job as venture capitalists is to magnify the creative power of entrepreneurs through relationships, education and resources essential to their success. We invest in entrepreneurship that encompasses all walks of life, and believe in the democratization of innovation as a powerful force for global good.

Automattic | CrunchBase
Automattic develops publishing platforms, including the WordPress.com website and the VIP WordPress.com cloud version.

Woo & Automattic | Matt Mullenweg
Matt Mullenweg
May 19, 2015 – WordPress currently powers about 23% of the web. As we work our way toward 51%, WooCommerce joining Automattic is a big step opening …

That changes today — drum roll — as WooCommerce joins the Automattic team to make it easier for people to sell online. Along with Woo’s announcement, here’s a short video explaining more:


Two great tastes that taste great together. More info: http://ma.tt/2015/05/woomattic/

The Difference: WordPress Foundation and Automattic, Inc.

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