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Alastair McDermott (@WebsiteDoctor) is an online business and technology consultant specialising in web design & development, online marketing and search engine optimisation. He has been building websites and software since 1996 and is a ten year veteran of using WordPress. Alastair blogs and makes media of all kinds at WebsiteDoctor.com.


WordPress, web design, business, sports of all kinds.

WordPress Origin Story

As a developer, I started building sites with WordPress around v2.0.2 or .3, early 2006.

My first records of using WordPress as a user was September 2003, around v0.71. My first post in WordPress was about going back to rugby after a break of several years: http://blogs.boards.ie/trojan/2003/09/24/nowisthetimetogoback/. That was on John Breslin’s blogs.boards.ie, which later became journals.ie.

I can’t find anything on that in archives.org – the earlist there shows it was running wordpress-mu-1.0 and K2 Beta Two r167 by Michael and Chris, protected by dr Dave’s Spam Karma 2!