Mike Little, co-founder of WordPress

Mike Little, co-founder of WordPress

SAScon keynote speaker and WordPress co-founder Mike Little is to be honoured at this year’s event for his outstanding contribution to digital media.

While Mike has remained out of the limelight, his invention is arguably on a similar level to the work of Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. WordPress underpins 64 million websites worldwide – some 19 per cent of all sites on the web. In recognition of this achievement, Mike will be presented with SAScon’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Digital at SAScon, held next month in Manchester.

The award acknowledges Mike’s instrumental role in setting up and developing the first version of WordPress. Teaming up with Texas-born Matt Mullenweg in 2003, the pair created the blogging platform, which has gone on to become the most popular content management system in use on the internet

With over 20 years’ experience in software development, Mike now runs his own web development and consultancy company, zed1, and he continues to inspire and teach others through WordPress training sessions and as a published author.

Richard Gregory, one of SAScon’s founders, said: “Mike is, without a doubt, one of the digital industry’s unsung heroes. Unlike co-founder, Matt Mullenweg, who became instantly famous, Mike has lived a life of relative anonymity. Nevertheless, his ground breaking work on WordPress and self-taught digital expertise is certainly to be admired and respected. While Mike still remains humble about his achievements, he has helped to change the face of online marketing. There isn’t a single digital marketing agency that hasn’t made generated income by building WordPress websites, and we are honoured to be able to recognise him with this award.”

SAScon is one of the UK’s leading search marketing events, aimed at client and agency side search, analytics and social media specialists. It takes place on 6-7 June 2013 at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Tickets are on sale now via the SAScon website, sascon.co.uk.