Magento 1.0’s 10th Birthday!

The 31st of March was an important day for many web agencies this year as it was the 10th anniversary of the release of Magento 1.0. Here at Pinpoint, we’re certainly celebrating the anniversary of Magento’s first big launch!

While the first public beta version of Magento was released on 31/08/2007, it wasn’t until the final day of March the following year (31/03/2008) that the full Magento 1.0 was launched and the platform we all know so well was made available to the public.

In 2013, after the integration of Magento and eBay Enterprise, our MD (Lewis Sellers) saw what a great platform Magento was becoming and set up the agency to contribute to the Magento community and help build outstanding websites for customers across the globe.

Now, 8 years later, Magento 1.0 has turned 10 and Pinpoint is approaching it’s 5th birthday, and the relationship has gone from strength to strength. Last year alone, Pinpoint were awarded the position of Magento Professional Solutions Partner and two of our team were listed among the Top 50 Contributors of 2017 (read what they have to say about that honour here).

A Brief History of Magento

2007 was the beginning of Magento, as Roy Rubin and Yoav Kutner began work on their visions for an open source ecommerce platform in Los Angeles.

On the 31st March 2008, the first public version of Magento 1.0 Community Edition was released which soon became incredibly popular across the world. Merchants were drawn to the new platform that had been built to allow each store to be built and continually modified for their specific purposes. Come 2009, Magento had become more popular than oscommerce, the software that had inspired to creation of Magento.

That same year, Magento Enterprise Edition was released, this was the version large scale, global merchants had been waiting for and helped to cement Magento’s position as on of the most favoured ecommerce platforms used by startups and big brands.

In 2010, Magento built on its foundations, improving its offering and launching the Mobile and Professional editions. By mid 2011, eBay had purchased all of the Magento shares, making them the sole shareholder.

In 2015, Magento went on to launch the second iteration of their seminal ecommerce platform; using next generation architecture to deliver a more robust framework, with plenty of performance enhancements and a more friendly admin UI. By all accounts, the platform continues to gain popularity, and we’re incredibly excited to find out which direction Magento will be heading in next!