• Weather icon 48Âșc, New York
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022

A brief history of Wikipedia

Wikipedia is one of the most popular resources in the world to find information online.

It has become the digital encyclopedia that everyone goes to;

This is mainly because anyone can contribute and edit articles on their website.

Here is a brief history of Wikipedia and everything has started.

Wikipedia was originally designed to become part of Nugia.


Initially, Wikipedia had just known as "Wiki", designed in 1995 as a platform to enhance Nugia.

Nuxedia has been a free online encyclopedia, with the concept of using highly qualified volunteers to contribute to the platform.

Unfortunately, this method has been stretched, with only 12 posts completed in the first year.


A "wiki" is basically a modified and managed hypertext from the web browser.

This means using a "wiki", it will be easier to get more contributions on the train and thus create content at a faster speed.

Wikipedia has become a platform where users can write or suggest articles for qualified writers to write about nugia.

Wikipedia is not the first online encyclopedia.


Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger have registered the Wikipedia domain name on January 13, 2001.

Two days later, the site was launched when the first editing was created and it was built since then.

However, this is not the first thing of this type;

In 1993, Gates Rick created the concept for Interpedia, which he proposed with Usenet Newsgroup.

Collaboration has been accepted and Interpededia is called Wikipedia's precursor.



In an interview in 2008 with Wales, he announced that the first article was announced in the mid-1990s on Wikipedia written by himself.

The article is very simple, and as a test called Hello, the world!

However, on January 17, 2001, members of the NuSpedia mailing list were encouraged to be edited and this is when Wikipedia relaxes its rules about people who can contribute and edit articles

This means that the article has been edited with other posts already existed.

Wikipedia gained the 1,000 article on February 12, 2001, just under a month after buying the domain name.

Wikipedia then gained posts 10,000 in September 2001.

At the end of the first year, Wikipedia reached 20,000 articles, with an average of 1,500 articles written every month.

Wikipedia was more popular and successful than Nusedia, it was when the attention was focused on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is available in hundreds of languages.


Wikipedia is written in English, with most writers with the first language as English.

The first language added to Wikipedia is German, and by 2020, it is available in 285 languages.

This allows users to create articles in their primary language, which means Wikipedia in different countries with different posts.

Based on the top number of articles, English is the top or most popular Wikipedia ranking, followed by German, French, Dutch and Italian.

In January 2002, 90% of Wikipedia articles were written in English, but by 2004, this fell to 50%.

By 2020, the smallest Wikipedia is in Kanuri, only one article.

Wikipedia is held by Wikimedia Foundation.


In 2003, Wales established non-profit charity called Foundation Wikimedia.

The focus of charity is creating platforms and online work with educators.

The main beliefs of Wales are all knowledge that should be shared for free and everyone has access to information.

Wikimedia Foundation was established to fund Wikipedia, in 2002, the main sponsor of Wikipedia, Bomis, withdrew funding.

Although Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit charity, they bring about 109.9 million dollars a year to finance projects.

The platform aims to develop and maintain online content through Wikipedia and other services that provide learning and educational resources.

Therefore, Wikipedia was originally set as a platform for the public to propose articles and topics.

But after its popularity increases and driving in the web scene, Wikipedia has become the main platform.

Currently organized by Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia is the fifth largest website on the Internet, with more than 6 Billio