WP Mayor Turns 12! 🍾

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12 years after Jean Galea took a leap of faith and started a blog about WordPress, WP Mayor continues to be one of the most trusted and reputable sources of WordPress reviews and tutorials around the world. After years of experimentation and discovery, we now look ahead to a brighter future together, focusing on providing our readers and fellow WordPress businesses with exactly the value they're looking for.
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Chapter 1: Thursday 25th November 2010

4,383 days ago.

Jean Galea was running a digital agency, building websites for clients, and getting to grips with this new-ish thing called WordPress.

He wanted to document what he was learning about it and share his knowledge with those who might also be interested in using it.

Welcome to WPMayor.com, a WordPress-based site which aims to bring you the most important news from the world of WordPress, as well as other juicy tips such as useful hacks and plugin reviews.

Jean Galea, Introduction to WPMayor.com
The first-ever blog post published on WP Mayor.

This was the start of a journey that continues to guide our path today, 12 years later.

The tl;dr of WP Mayor’s Journey

Throughout the past 12 years, WP Mayor has gone through various phases and plenty of ups and downs.

Within a short period of time after its launch, it became a go-to resource for WordPress reviews and tutorials.

Jean would blog about new products that he discovers and how he’s using them to make his websites better, gaining a reputation as a leader in WordPress.

Alyona, now Jean’s wife, later joined the WP Mayor family and ran the site alongside Jean for a few years, taking it to new heights.

Fast forward around 4 years.

On August 12th, 2014, Jean’s cousin would join the frame. That was me.

Myself, Gaby, Jean, and Alyona back in 2014.
Mark, Gaby, Jean, and Alyona back in 2014.

We met in person after a long time of not seeing each other and just a few days later, I became a part-time writer as I transitioned from studying architecture to just “breaking things on the web”.

Fast forward again, this time around 5 or 6 years, and Gaby (Jean’s sister) would make the same transition from architecture to WordPress. Jean had a knack for influencing his family’s life paths at this point! (In a good way, of course.)

Gaby spearheaded the rebranding and redesign of WP Mayor in 2020.

Today, joined by our team of fantastic writers (Colin and DJ, among others) and Jessie as Editorial Manager, we continue to be a family-oriented project that we put our heart and soul into, finding new and innovative ways of helping the WordPress community.

Chapter 2: Consistency and Perseverance

Over the past 12 years, most similar blogs and educational resources have come and gone.

Whether for financial reasons, time constraints, or otherwise, it has been clear proof of how tough it is to run and maintain such a website.

Despite the struggles that we faced, we have always been determined to keep going.

Part of the team at WordCamp Europe in Vienna in 2016.
Part of the team at WordCamp Europe in Vienna in 2016.

Our focus remains to be a trusted partner for those of you building, developing, and expertly breaking WordPress sites of all kinds.

We continue to test and review new tools on a weekly basis.

We constantly research and write tutorials on how to make the best use of those tools.

We even partner up with products and services to bring amazing WordPress deals to our readers.

You are the reason we keep doing this.

You are the drive and inspiration that keeps us coming back one day after another.

Your support is what helps us persevere through the toughest of times.

Now, we once again look ahead and prepare for the next chapter

Chapter 3: Adapting and Transitioning

Both WordPress and the world as a whole are very different today from how they were back in 2010.

We are adapting and moving with the times, constantly experimenting and evolving to find new and better ways of providing guidance to WordPress users while helping the businesses and developers that power it to make a better future for themselves.

The changes have already begun.

Various types of articles on WP Mayor are getting updated with more relevant information.
Various types of articles are getting updated with more relevant information.

Browse through some of our latest reviews, tutorials, and comparisons and you might notice a few changes coming to light.

From providing better insights into products and services to fine-tuning our educational content, there’s a ton of work going on behind the scenes.

And this is just the start.

2023 is going to bring even more positive change.

Chapter 4: Entering Our Teenage Years

Becoming a teenager is often associated with the start of discovering your identity and finding what you love in life.

It’s fitting that WP Mayor is going through exactly that as we celebrate our 12th year.

Our team is developing a more clear understanding of who we are and what we stand for.

This identity is what will continue to determine the direction that we take at WP Mayor, and we’re excited to share more of it with you in the months and years to come.

Have Your Say

You are invited to be part of this journey with us.

Whether it’s through comments on our articles, tagging us on social media, subscribing to our newsletter, or even sending us a message, it’s time to have your voice heard.

To start off, we’d love to hear how WP Mayor has helped you in the past 12 years. Post your comments below or tag us on Twitter to share your story.

On to bigger and better things; together.

Mark Zahra

Mark is the CEO behind the WP Mayor project. He has been using WordPress since 2012, joining the WP Mayor team in 2014. Since then, he has helped to review, test, and write about hundreds of WordPress products and services; educating the community of millions of WordPress users around the globe.

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2 Responses

  1. Congratulations Mark and the WPMayor team!

    I really appreciate your dedication to the WP ecosystem, especially when spotting shady marketing techniques!

    Keep up the great work 🙂

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