Mike Little

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Mike Little
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Mike Little at Young Rewired State 2012
OccupationCo-founder, WordPress[1]
Founder, zed1.com Limited
Co-founder, Maverick Marketing Ltd
Freelance Technical Editor[2]
Known forWordPress

Mike Little (born 12 May 1962) is an English web developer living in Stockport, England and co-founder[1] of the free and open source web software WordPress along with American Matt Mullenweg.


WordPress is the official successor to a blogging tool developed by French programmer Michel Valdrighi named b2/cafelog,[3] which launched in 2001. In 2002 Valdrighi stopped developing b2, and on 24 January 2003 Matt Mullenweg, a user of b2/cafelog, wrote on his blog that he’d be willing to create a fork of the project.[4] Mike Little soon contacted Mullenweg by leaving a comment on Mullenweg's blog that read "If you’re serious about forking b2 I would be interested in contributing. I’m sure there are one or two others in the community who would be too. Perhaps a post to the B2 forum, suggesting a fork would be a good starting point."[4] – following which Little and Mullenweg began working together on the development of WordPress, releasing the first version on 27 May 2003.[1][5] In June 2013 Little was awarded the SAScon's "Outstanding Contribution to Digital" award for his part in co-founding and developing WordPress.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "History". WordPress Codex. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Mike Little". LinkedIn. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  3. ^ "About WordPress". WordPress.org. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b Matt Mullenweg (24 January 2003). "The Blogging Software Dilemma".
  5. ^ "How a Stockport developer helped create the world's biggest online publishing phenomenon – for free". Prolific North. 4 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Unsung Internet Visionary to be Honoured at SASCON". SAScon. 17 May 2013. Archived from the original on 16 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Internet Visionary Honoured". Cheshire Border Independent Newspaper. 26 June 2013. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014.

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