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In this blog post, we present a number of statistics about WordPress that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world rely on WordPress to power their business websites and blogs and what kind of businesses and people use WordPress today.

WordPress: How Popular Is It? Impressive Statistics About WordPress

In short:

WordPress CMS Market Share

A content management system (CMS), is a website maintenance tool for non-technical users. It is designed to make it easier for non-technical website users to add, modify and manage content on their website.

WordPress started in 2003. It was originally written by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. WordPress is now the widely-used self-hosted content management system (CMS) in the world, used on millions of sites and accessed by tens of millions of people every day.

WordPress is owned by Automattic.com, which currently employs around 300 people, all of whom work from home. Despite being a distributed company with so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of WordPress) currently attracts more unique visitors than Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, eBay, and Twitter …

WordPress.com unique monthly visits

(WordPress.com unique visits. Source: Automattic.com)

Consider the following WP usage statistics:

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

WordPress CMS usage figures

(WP usage stats. Source: trends.builtwith.com/cms)

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

WordPress CMS usage statistics

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

In fact, more and more sites are using the WordPress CMS application.

WordPress is so popular, that even trying to keep up with statistics on WordPress is very difficult because the data changes so often.

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

WordPress downloads

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

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

WordPress versions currently in use

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

As this article was being written, the number of downloads is already increasing. If you click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter page, you should expect to see a significantly higher download number … perhaps even a newer version, as the WordPress community 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 to date …

WP release archive

(Over one hundred new WordPress versions have been released in its first 11 years)

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

WordPress release versions

(WordPress regularly releases new versions named after famous Jazz musicians)

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Incidentally, all major WordPress releases are named after Jazz music artists, eg:

Who Uses WordPress?

In a nutshell, all kinds of organizations and people from all walks of life are using WordPress to blog about everything and anything.

Giant brands, business of all sizes, technology companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous musicians, educational institutions, government sectors, non-profit organizations – even nations use WordPress …

WP Showcase

WordPress Showcase

Here are just some of the businesses, companies and people who have built their online presence with WordPress:

Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress is available as a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).

You can see a live map showing user activity across its hosted platform …

WordPress.com - Activity

WordPress.com – Activity

In other posts, we discuss the main differences between WordPress.com (hosted) vs WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.

General Statistics About WordPress

WordPress Plugins

WordPress users can download and install over 37,000 plugins for free …

WordPress.org plugin directory

(WordPress.org plugin repository)

For a detailed article about WordPress plugins see this post:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users also have access to over 1,700 themes at no cost from the WordPress free themes repository …

WordPress free themes repository

(WordPress free themes repository)

We have published a great article about WP themes here:

WordPress Translations

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

WordPress.org language translations

(WP languages)

Searching Online For WordPress

The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million searches per month on Google. Including WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WordPress themes”, “WordPress plugins”, ”learn WordPress”, etc. brings the total number of online searches for WordPress terms to more than thirty-seven million …

(WP-related searches online)

(WordPress-related searches online)

If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress gets searched five times more than Joomla and 9x more often than Drupal.

WordPress Developers

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, 25% of 33,000 WP users who answered the survey said that they make a full-time living off the WordPress CMS. An earlier survey conducted by WordPress (2012) also found that the median hourly rate of WordPress projects is around US$50.

You can find WordPress developers and designers for hire by searching on freelancing sites like Upwork.com

WordPress Freelance Developers Upwork

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

WordPress Job Cost Overview - Upwork.com

(Source: Upwork.com)

As you can clearly see, WordPress is bound for continued growth for many years to come.

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