WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

This article provides statistical information and data on WordPress usage worldwide …

This article is part of a comprehensive series of articles designed to help you understand why the WordPress CMS can help your business grow and succeed online using the WordPress CMS platform.

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For an overview of the article series, see this post:

In this blog post, you will learn some WordPress usage statistics that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world choose WordPress to power their business websites and blogs and what kind of businesses use WordPress today.

Some Really Useful Statistics About WordPress Usage

Here is a summary of what we will cover:

  • WordPress began as a blogging tool in 2003.
  • WordPress is available as a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).
  • 23 out of every 100 new domains registered in the U.S. are for a new WordPress website or blog.
  • There are well over sixty million installations of WordPress. This number is growing everyday.
  • WordPress powers over 30% of the internet. Over one-third of all websites around the world are driven by WordPress.
  • WordPress sites around the world publish an average of 24 posts per second.
  • WordPress sites receive over 22 billion monthly pageviews.
  • WordPress blogs receive around 50 million comments per month.
  • WordPress has been translated into over 70 languages.
  • More than 60% of all websites worldwide that use a CMS application are built with WordPress.
  • Over 30,000,000 searches are made on Google each month for terms related to WordPress.
  • The WordPress application is 100% free to download, use and modify. WordPress is built using an open source content management system.
  • WordPress is continually worked on by volunteers. People from all around the world work on developing and improving the WordPress application on an ongoing basis.
  • WordPress is continually being updated to eliminate bugs and improve its features and security.
  • WordPress delivers content online to visitors worldwide. WordPress has been translated and localized into over 70 international languages and dialects.
  • The WordPress repository currently makes available thousands of free plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
  • There is almost no limit to what you can do using WordPress.

WordPress Market Dominance

A content management system (CMS), is a web tool for non-technical users. It is a web application designed to make it easy for non-technical website users to add, edit and manage all content on their website.

WordPress began in 2003. It was originally a simple program developed by co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. It is currently the largest self-hosted CMS-based publishing platform in the world, used on millions of websites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

WordPress is owned by Automattic.com, which currently employs around 300 people, all of whom are home-based. Despite its distributed model and so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of the WordPress software) currently attracts more unique visitors than Amazon, Facebook, Yahoo, eBay, and Twitter …

WordPress.com monthly uniques

(WordPress [hosted version] unique monthly views. Source: http://automattic.com/about)

Consider the following WP usage statistics:

WordPress is the world’s leading CMS platform and powers over 30% of the web …

WP usage statistics

(WordPress usage figures. Source: trends.builtwith.com/cms)

In terms of CMS market share, no other platform even comes close to WordPress …

WordPress usage statistics

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

In fact, more and more sites are being built with WordPress.

WordPress is so popular, that even keeping up with the latest statistics on WordPress is difficult because the information changes so often.

For example, at the time this article was written, this is the current number of downloads of the latest WordPress version …

WP downloads

(Source: https://wordpress.org/download/counter)

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Note: The above download number represents only the latest version of WordPress. Around one third of all current users have not yet upgraded their WP installations to the latest release …

WP versions currently in use

(WordPress versions currently in use. Source: https://wordpress.org/about/stats)

Even as this article was being written, the number of downloads is already increasing. If you were to click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter page, you should expect to see a much higher download number … perhaps even a newer version, as the WordPress development team continually updates the software to fix security issues and bugs, and add new or improved features.

Regarding updates, WordPress has released over 100 new update versions in its first 11 years of existence …

WordPress release archive

(Over one hundred new WordPress versions have been released to date)

WordPress currently releases a new updated version every 3-4 months or so …

WP release versions

(WordPress regularly releases new versions honoring famous Jazz musicians)

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An interesting fact, is that all major WordPress releases are named after famous Jazz music artists, eg:

  • v.1.5 = Billy Strayhorn (February 17, 2005),
  • v.2.3 = Dexter Gordon (September 24, 2007),
  • v.2.9 = Carmen McRae (December 18, 2009),
  • v.3.3 = Sonny Stitt (December 12, 2011),
  • v.4.1 = Dinah Washington (December 18, 2014),
  • etc …

Who Is Using WordPress

A better question is who isn’t using WordPress? All kinds of organizations and people use WordPress to publish content about everything and anything.

Large brands, businesses, technology companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous artists, educational institutions, government sectors, community organizations – even countries are using WordPress sites …

WordPress.org Website Showcase

WordPress Blog Showcase

Here are just some of the growing number of sites, institutions and people who have chosen to use WordPress:

  • Businesses & Corporations: Bata, Public Storage Canada, GDF SUEZ, McDonald’s Singapore, Hyatt Blog, etc …
  • Famous People, Politicians, Sports Stars, Artists & Musicians: US Air Force General Chuck Yeager, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, The Meredith Vieira Show, Justin Bieber, Dallas Mavericks, Steve Blake, LA Lakers, Kobe Bryant, Howie Mandel, Sylvester Stallone, etc …
  • Universities & Educational Institutions: Georgia State University, Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Bridge, UCF College of Medicine, MIT Sloan Management Review, etc.
  • Magazines & Online Media: Time Inc., New York Post, InStyle News, CBS New York, etc.
  • Government Sites, Public Services & Humanitarian Organizations: San Pellegrino Terme, Chicago Weather Center, The National Art Gallery of Maldives, UK Government Cabinet Office Digital Team, Amnesty International Korea, etc.

Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress offers users the choice of two formats: a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).

  • Businesses often choose the self-hosted version, which can be installed in their own domain and customized to suit their needs. In fact, most WordPress self-hosted installations are business marketing activities.
  • More than half of all WordPress users use the hosted version on WordPress.com
  • In 2014, blogs belonging to the WordPress network (blogs hosted either on WordPress.com or externally-hosted WordPress sites) published on average 17 new blog posts every second (around 1.5 million posts per day).

You can see a live map that shows the latest activity across its hosted platform …

WordPress.com - Live Users WorldWide

WordPress (Hosted Version) – Activity Around The World

In later tutorials, we will look at the main differences between WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.

Other WordPress Statistics

WordPress Plugins

WordPress users have access to over 37,000 plugins for free from the WordPress plugins directory …

WordPress.org free plugins directory

(WordPress.org free plugins directory)

For more information about WP plugins see this post:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users also have access to over 1,700 free themes from the WordPress theme repository …

WordPress.org themes repository

(WordPress themes directory)

We have published a great article about WP themes here:

Translations Of WordPress

WordPress has been translated and localized into over seventy international languages and dialects in addition to English …

WordPress language translations

(WP languages)

WordPress Searches Online

The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million monthly searches on Google. Additional WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WordPress themes”, “WP plugins”, ”WordPress tutorials”, etc. brings the total number of online searches for WordPress terms to around 30 million …

(WP-related searches online)

(WP searches online)

If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress is searched 5 x as much as Joomla and 9x more often than Drupal.

WordPress Developers

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, a quarter of all 33,000 users who answered the survey stated that they make a full-time living off the WordPress CMS. An earlier survey conducted by WordPress (2012) also found that the average hourly rate of WordPress projects is around US$50.

You can find WordPress designers and developers for hire at freelancing sites like Upwork.com

WordPress Freelance Developers Upwork

According to Upwork, the typical WordPress job cost ranges are between $10 – $500 …

WordPress Job Cost Overview - Upwork

(Source: Upwork.com)

As you can clearly see from the facts and figures above, the growth of WordPress is expected to continue for many years to come.

In other articles, you will learn:

  • Why WordPress is the best option when it comes to choosing a platform for growing your business online,
  • Dozens of reasons why you should choose WordPress for your website or blog, including a detailed look at the benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress platform,
  • How to automate your business with WordPress,
  • How to drive targeted visitors, increase conversions, and how to sell more products and services with WordPress.
  • Plus, we’ll be regularly posting loads of ”how to” tutorials and examples on how you can use WordPress to expand your business online, and save thousands of dollars on web development and web design costs.

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Sources:

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