What Was Your First WordPress Version?

October 9th, 2011

WordPress was first released over 8 years ago, and the latest version has been downloaded over 9 million times. With that number growing dramatically every release, hundreds (if not thousands) of new users are being introduced to WordPress every day.

I started using WordPress with 1.2, just two days before 1.2.1 was released, onĀ Of course, I moved that over to not too long ago, but I still have several other self-hosted blogs running on 3.2.1. I think it’s safe to say that without WordPress 1.2, I wouldn’t be here today.

What was the very first version of WordPress that you ever used? We’d love to know! And, of course, counts too.




  1. Konstantin (7 comments.) says:

    2.7.1 Epic!

  2. Kirk M (67 comments.) says:

    Heh, WordPress 1.5. How well I remember.

  3. (1 comments.) says:

    2.7.1 epic! right buddy ! yeah ;)

  4. Ipstenu (31 comments.) says:

    Officially I changed my biggest site to WP 2.1.2 on April 7, 2007. I posted about it, so I remembered it ;)

    My personal site moved off MovableType and onto WP on December 19, 2005, which means it was 1.5 and only one WEEK before 2.0 rolled out.

    Before that, I’d used B2 for a while.

  5. Hassan (1 comments.) says:

    For me it was 2.3.

  6. Brent Logan (7 comments.) says:

    It must have been 1.2. The site’s still going and here’s my first post using WordPress.

  7. Joshua Parker (5 comments.) says:

    The started with 1.5.

  8. Matt (6 comments.) says:

    I started with WordPress 1.2, just like you :)

  9. Charles F-M (6 comments.) says:

    My first version was 2.1, moved from Mambo. Now I am running Trunk (3.3-aortic-dissection)

  10. Jason says:

    1.5 was my first.

  11. Jennifer (1 comments.) says:

    1.2 here, too, and obviously long before I moved everything over to :)

  12. Darren (1 comments.) says:

    Mine was 1.5.2. :)

  13. RG (12 comments.) says:

    It was at a time when I wasn’t particularly fond of DB driven tools (lack of expertise, weary of back up issues) and was still always looking for flat file solutions…but WP was easy to use otherwise.

  14. Jay (1 comments.) says:

    Version 1.2 – though I swear I knew more then than I do now. It’s gotten that much easier, I guess.

  15. web-developer (1 comments.) says:


  16. madalin (3 comments.) says:

    I started using it since Miles Davis (1.0) and i’m still happily using and recommending it.

  17. that girl again (41 comments.) says:

    0.72. I used b2 for about a year before that.

  18. Kevin Paquet (4 comments.) says:

    My first WordPress version was 2.1.1. I wasn’t serious about anything WordPress back then and just tried it out. :D Oh, the old days!

  19. darranlow (1 comments.) says:

    1.2. That was the first time I heard of it and since then I have never looked back.

  20. palPalani (7 comments.) says:

    I have started(Augest 2007) trying my website with WordPress version was 2.2, but i made live with 2.3 – December 2007.

  21. mercime says:

    WPMU 1.2.1 install in April 2007 for a church to consolidate all blogs I set up with Greymatter (CGI) in 2002 and self-hosted Blogger sites set up in 2003 under one roof.

    Time flies when you’re having fun :-)

  22. Aaron (1 comments.) says:


    b2 before that.

  23. Esa Rantanen says:

    My first install was 1.5. Could’nt be happier since that!

  24. vlado (1 comments.) says:

    Since 04 December 2004… so, that would have been Version 1.2.1 according to the release history on the website.

  25. Avangardist (1 comments.) says:

    I have recently started to try yourself as a blogger – so the version which started 3.2. I have long sought to build a CMC blog, and chose the most popular.

  26. gmtan (1 comments.) says:

    As far as I can remember, it was before version 2.5, maybe version 2.3 and has been using WordPress since in all my sites.

  27. Teli says:

    I started using WP in 2003 (after a failed attempt at Movable Type) wither version 0.71 I believe. Wow, that brings back some memories. :P

  28. tom g (6 comments.) says:

    I started my first self hosted @ 2.7.1 and glad I found WordPress!

  29. Amor (1 comments.) says:

    The very first version of WordPress that I’ve used was 2.0.4, installed on August 2006. :)

  30. BJohnM (7 comments.) says:

    I started with Greymatter for just a couple of months, then tried Moveable Type, but just couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. So in May of 2004 I started trying WordPress. There was just something I couldn’t get right, so I finally IM’ed Matt. He was still in college then, and said he’d be glad to take a look if I’d make a donation. I did, and he got things running on May 23, 2004 on 1.2. I’ve never had a problem installing it since then, and use it all over the place,and I still have that original blog. I guess not many people get to say that Matt installed their first version.

  31. Ryan (55 comments.) says:

    2.3 I think was the first live site I ran on WordPress, but I’m pretty sure I would have installed 2.2 at some stage as I’d been testing it out for a while trying to decide whether to use it or not.

  32. Marius (1 comments.) says:

    I’ve started with Mambo years ago, then switching to Joomla (mambo new project) and dealing with it even today.

    WordPress was something new for me, and I started a month ago to use it, with version 3.2.1. For blogging WordPress is a great solution. I’ll keep using WordPress for sure.

  33. Gary Taylor (2 comments.) says:

    I think it was 2.4 :->

    Somewhere in early 2005 was when I first got serious about WordPress. I’d never have done so, except there was a plugin for Joomla! and once I twigged what WordPress actually was, and how much better for me and my SME clients than Joomla! was it was a no-brainer to switch. I started my late blog site in August 2006; which, according to Wikipedia, means I was using 2.2.

    Despite it being occasionally very frustrating (you try re-ordering over a dozen pages without a plugin) I’ve never looked back.

    • Gary Taylor (2 comments.) says:

      Correction: according to Wikipedia, it was 2.0 – I misread the dates and there being no new version during 2006. Gosh, those were the days…

  34. Allyn Gibson (4 comments.) says:


    I had been running GreyMatter for two years, and on a friend’s blog he mentioned WordPress. I was thinking of jumping from GM to Moveable Type, but I couldn’t get MT to work, so I decided to give WP a try.

    Never really looked back. :)

  35. Annie says:

    I was using b2 and moved to WordPress when it stopped being updated, not sure which WP version it was but I found some old zips lost in a backup cd I think it had WP 0.72

  36. Edwin (1 comments.) says:

    I think it was 1.5 that I started using WordPress, before that I used B2 and Greymatter.

  37. Engin (1 comments.) says:

    Best admin panel was 2.6.5

  38. Tom Coburn (67 comments.) says:

    1.2 I think… not for sure though. I do remember I was one of the ones who switched to wordpress as soon as Moveable Type went paid.. I did pay for the first version, which I think I still have an account for somewhere, but I like many others ditched MT for wordpress as soon as they went paid. It was tough making the switch at first because I didn’t want to re-do my theme all over again. in fact my brother inlaw STILL uses Moveable Type from my original recommendation to him. Only difference is he never made the changeover to wordpress, and still won’t no matter how many times I tell him WP is better. He’s like ‘well I don’t want to redo my theme’ but thats just an excuse I think lol

  39. Tom Coburn (67 comments.) says:

    his other excuse is even funnier ‘multiple blogs I maintain on multiple .name domains’ ok well wordpress MU then. he has his own server with multiple domains on it hosting multiple blogs for our family members. not me but our other siblings. don’t think he uses cpanel or WHM I think he uses like webadmin or something. another lame excuse not to switch to WP if u ask me

  40. Mijk says:

    It was 1.5 and it was so awesome! Such times!

    Before I’ve found WP, I have used some simple text solutions (fopen + fwrite), but I have never used any other CMS since.

  41. will (2 comments.) says:

    I was on B2 before deciding to give this new fangled WordPress thing a try. I believe it was around version .70. I installed it on my website and never looked back.

  42. Diana Sesarin (1 comments.) says:

    my first version is 3.2. but i always upgrade my version then the new is release.

  43. RBoy (1 comments.) says:

    3.2.1 because i’m new … :-)

  44. Darryl (4 comments.) says:

    1.5 was the first version I used consistently.

  45. Frank Eves (1 comments.) says:

    Does b2 and then the b2 fork count? It was so early Matt Mullenweg sent me an email thanking me for my donation. :)

  46. Alexandre Giesbrecht (1 comments.) says:

    First contact was with 0.72, but it was very brief, just for exploring. At the time I was plenty satisfied with Blogger via FTP (sad, isn’t it?). After that, I returned for good with either 2.7 or 2.8 (I don’t remember which one).

  47. Jacob says:

    I’m pretty sure my first version was 2.5 or 2.6… though not 100% certain.

  48. Ken Hood Jr (4 comments.) says:

    I started playing around with WordPress at the 2.7 branch (I think). Things have changed a lot since then, but more importantly I’ve moved up from making “simple” changes to learning how to code custom themes. The “WordPress Universe” is an amazing place!

    (not surprised to see that most of the comments here are from long-time users, but cool to see newbies as well)

  49. anjinsan (1 comments.) says:

    First version was 1.5 moving a blog about a honeymoontrip from Greymatter

  50. deuts (7 comments.) says:

    For me I think I’ve started with WordPress 2.0.4.

  51. Tom (1 comments.) says:

    Somewhere around or prior to 1.5. WordPress 1.5 was the first version I rolled out multiple sites on… :-) Was super neat then, and just incredible now!

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