Since the launch of WordPress in 2003, the WordPress development community has created tens of thousands of plugins and thousands of themes. Plugins were introduced in 2004 and themes were introduced in 2005. The community has completely stepped up.
Since that time, there have been many changes in the ecosystem. There have been new trends in design, new trends in development and new trends in usage patterns (mobile, anyone?). Despite — or perhaps because of — all that change over the years, WordPress is now in use by millions of websites, from personal blogs to small businesses to celebrities and large corporations.
In the years since, millions of individuals and businesses have self-hosted their WordPress blogs and sites. Moving forward, many will be using Managed WordPress hosting as their deployment option as well.
A snapshot of the past, present and future of the WordPress community is included below. Feel free to share!