How did WordPress start?
Matt and an another developer who were contributing to the original open source project got together on an online forum and decided to work on it under the name WordPress.
How did Matt Mullenweg get his initial WordPress users?
Matt used to read a lot of blogs, and seeing a lot of spam on those blogs, he would reach out to the owners and proposed to help them switch over to WordPress instead.
How are blogs different from social networks?
Blogs is a space where the blog owners invite a community for a conversation, and the conversations that happens in the comments is the key to making blog's what they are.
How does WordPress handle moderation?
By default, WordPress comments require moderation the first time that someone leaves a new comment; after that, they go right through. This is a good balance that keeps the comments coming, but also ensures civility in conversation.
What catalyzed Matts desire to actually start writing WordPress in PHP?
At the time, Matt was programming mostly in Pearl, a little bit in Python, but when he came across how PHP worked, he really wanted to dive in more. It was a language that was easy to read and to understand. Matt started looking for a blogging software, written in PHP.
What did it feel like to build WordPress in the early days?
It was fun. Matt was doing everything, from full-stack development to customer support, to marketing and forum/blog updates. He was doing it part-time, while going to school, alongside with volunteers. His friends became early users, and channeled their feedback directly to Matt.