Here’s a little trivia for all WordPress users out there. Did you know that the idea of creating WordPress started on January 25th, 2003? On that day, Mike’s single comment on Matt Mullenweg’s blog post sparked a chain reaction resulting in the creation of WordPress.

“I almost missed it, but the 25th was exactly one year after the fateful comment from Mike that started the chain of events that brought WordPress into being. Look how far things have come from that comment to the world-class blogging software we have now. The longest journey begins with a single step.” -Matt Mullenweg

To honor the anniversary of WordPress, Ben Welch-Bolen of Site5 Hosting created a special free WordPress theme called the WordPress Anniversary theme.

The WordPress Anniversary Theme is a classic type of theme with several layout options. It comes with a custom “Thank you WordPress” just to show our appreciation to the crew that made such a big difference on the Web.


  • Widget ready (footer and sidebar)
  • Easy to setup, Theme Options Page
  • WordPress Post Thumbnail Enabled
  • WordPress 3.0+ Menu Management Support
  • Latest Tweets Built-in Widget
  • Built-in Pagination
  • Grid and standard posts listing with or without thumbnails
  • JQuery PrettyPhoto Lightbox
  • JQuery Forms
  • Ajax based contact form
  • Live form email validation

Right Sidebar Standard View
WordPress Anniversary Theme

Right Sidebar Grid View
WordPress Anniversary Theme

Right Sidebar Grid with Thumbnails
WordPress Anniversary Theme

Left Sidebar Grid with Thumbnails
WordPress Anniversary Theme

As a WordPress user for about 7 years now, I’d like to take this moment to thank Matt Mullenweg for coming up with the idea and creating WordPress. This piece of blogging software has not only allowed me to easily create and manage a blog, express and share my thoughts online but also enable me to earn money and make a living out of it. I’d also like to thank all the WordPress developers and contributors who work hard to develop new versions of the software, fix and patch bugs and the rest of the WordPress community who contribute their time and effort into making WordPress the best blogging software/CMS around.

Kudos to Ben Welch-Bolen for creating and sharing this special WordPress theme to the WordPress community!

The WordPress Anniversary Theme is released under GPL and can be used for FREE without any restrictions. To learn more and access the documentation and support forum for this theme, visit the WordPress Anniversary Theme website.

Preview or Download the WordPress Anniversary Theme.

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  • simply, March 18, 2012 @ 9:44 PM

    Loving this theme, though the menu doesn’t display in IE9. Anyone found a solution?

  • Sourish @ Iphone 4 Jailbreak, February 2, 2011 @ 2:25 AM

    i want to remove the header , otherwise its cool

  • zammax, January 27, 2011 @ 2:58 AM

    As a WordPress user, I would like to thank to Matt for his incredible work. And great simple themes..

  • Jhay, January 26, 2011 @ 9:42 PM

    Not bad. Hopefully, the header could be easily customized because I wouldn’t want to keep the banner all year round.

  • neo, January 26, 2011 @ 3:00 PM

    Whoa, I didnt expect that wordpress itself was created by matt. I think I have seen the “” somewhere in wordpress the first time i installed it. Well, were lucky wordpress was born! :)

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