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WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg Visits the Philippines

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Monday June 9, 2014 was a historic day for many of the WordPress bloggers, developers and enthusiasts who trekked to The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City to meet Matt Mullenweg, the creator, founder and developer of WordPress, the widely used open source blogging tool, publishing platform and content management system (CMS) based on popular web programming language PHP and database structure MySQL. This cross-platform blogging software is free to download, use and alter under the GNU GPLv2 public license.

Though largely developed by the community surrounding it, WordPress is closely associated with Automattic, the company founded by Matt Mullenweg. On September 2010, Automattic handed the WordPress trademark to the newly created WordPress Foundation, which is an umbrella organization supporting (including the software and archives for Plugins and Themes). As a free and open source platform, WordPress relies on peer support. Its primary support website is This support website hosts both WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress and a living repository for WordPress information and documentation, and WordPress Forums, an active online community of WordPress users.

WordPress is being used by more than 22 percent of the top 10 million websites. Notable customers as seen it its “Showcase” web page are TechCrunch, Sony Music,, Fortune, Time Inc., Beyonce, Google Ventures, Facebook Newsroom, Justin Bieber, The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, Reuters, General Motors, UPS, eBay, Best Buy, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Izod, Samsung, and Mashable. The list has thousands of name brands.

The event at The Globe Tower last Monday was the third visit of Mullenweg to the Philippines. His Philippine team in Automattic is actually based in Davao and that was his first visit. He has also gone to Cebu but has not had the chance to tour the country much less the sights. Light food and iced tea were served by the host, Globe Telecom and the entire event took more than three hours, capping it off with a long line of attendees wanting to get a photograph with Mullenweg and some for his autograph.

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Photos by @raffypekson.



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