This article is part of an article series designed to help small businesses succeed online with the WordPress CMS platform.
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In this blog post, we present some statistics about WordPress that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world rely on WordPress and what kind of businesses are using WordPress today.
Facts And Figures About WordPress Usage
The brief version:
- WordPress began in 2003.
- WordPress offers two formats: a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).
- 22 out of every one hundred new domains registered in the U.S. are for installing a new WordPress website or blog.
- There are over 60 million installations of WordPress worldwide. This number increases everyday.
- WordPress powers over 30% of the internet. Over one-third of all websites worldwide are powered 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 sites worldwide that use a content management system are driven by WordPress.
- Over 30,000,000 searches are made on Google each month for terms related to WordPress.
- WordPress is 100% free to download, use and modify. WordPress is distributed under an open source content management system.
- WordPress code is continually built and improved upon by volunteers. People from all over the world are at work developing and improving WordPress functionality on an ongoing basis.
- WordPress is regularly 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 seventy languages and dialects.
- WordPress currently makes available thousands of free WordPress plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
- There is almost no limit to what can be built using WordPress.
WordPress CMS Popularity
In simple terms, a content management system (CMS), is a website tool for non-technical users. It is designed to make it easier for non-technical users to add, modify and manage content on their website.
WordPress began in 2003. It was originally written by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. WordPress is now the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites 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 software) currently attracts more unique visitors than Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Twitter, and Yahoo …
(WordPress.com unique monthly views. Source: Automattic.com)
Here are just some of the latest statistics on WordPress CMS usage:
WordPress is the world’s leading CMS platform and powers over 30% of the web …
(WordPress CMS usage figures. Source: trends.builtwith.com/cms)
In terms of CMS market share, no other platform even comes close to WordPress …
(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)
In fact, more websites and blogs today are being built with WordPress.
WordPress is so popular, that trying to keep up with statistics on WordPress is 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 …
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 installations to the latest release …
(WordPress versions currently in 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 will see a much higher figure … perhaps even a different 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 one hundred new updates in its first 11 years of existence …
(Over 100 new versions of WordPress have been released to date)
WordPress currently releases a new version every 3-4 months or so …
(WordPress regularly releases new versions named after famous Jazz musicians)
Curiously enough, all major WordPress updates are traditionally named in honor of famous Jazz music artists, eg:
- v.2.0 = Duke Ellington (December 31, 2005),
- v.2.5 = Michael Brecker (March 29, 2008),
- v.3.1 = Django Reinhardt (February 23, 2011),
- v.3.5 = Elvin Jones (December 11, 2012),
- v.3.9 = Jimmy Smith (April 16, 2014),
- etc …
Who Uses WordPress
In a nutshell, all different types of companies and people are using WordPress to publish content about every kind of topic imaginable.
Global brands, businesses, retail companies, celebrities, politicians, famous musicians, educational institutions, government sectors, local organizations – even nations are using WordPress-powered sites …
WordPress.org Blog Showcase
Here are just some of the many sites, organizations and people who are using WordPress:
- Global Brands & Companies: Aqua Hotels and Resorts, YRC Freight, Groupe Renault, Groupe Vivendi, Vogue, etc …
- Celebs, Politicians, Sports Stars, Artists & Musicians: Alanis Morissette, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, Pixies, Brian Smith, The Sacramento Ballet, Steve Blake, LA Lakers, Mötley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, Jason Mraz, etc …
- Universities & Educational Institutions: Nicholls State University, International Relations Online at American University, Washington University’s School of Law, Salve Regina University, etc.
- Magazines & Media: Fortune, The Australian, InStyle News, Enterprise Magazine, etc.
- Governments, Public Services & Humanitarian Organizations: Sweden’s Official Site, Canadian Museum of History, The National Art Gallery of Maldives, Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, etc.
Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress offers two formats: a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable application (WordPress.org).
- Businesses often choose the self-hosted version, which can be installed on their domain names and freely modified 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, WordPress blogs (blogs hosted either on WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress sites) published on average 17 posts every second (around 1.5 million posts per day).
You can see a live map that lets you see blog post updates around the world in real-time …
WordPress.com – Activity
In later articles, we will discuss the difference between WordPress.com (hosted) vs WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.
Other Statistics About WordPress
WordPress users have access to over 37,000 WP plugins at no cost …
(WordPress.org free plugins directory)
We have written a detailed article about plugins here:
WordPress users can also access over 1,700 WP themes at no cost from the WordPress theme repository …
(WP theme directory)
For more information about WP themes go here:
WordPress has been translated and localized into over seventy languages and dialects in addition to English …
The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million monthly searches on Google. Including WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WP themes”, “WordPress plugins”, ”WordPress SEO”, etc. brings the total number of online searches for WordPress terms to around 30 million …
(WP searches online)
If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress is searched five times more than Joomla and nine times more often than Drupal.
According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, one quarter of all 33,000 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 average hourly rate of WordPress projects is around US$50.
You can find WordPress designers and developers for hire by searching on freelancing sites like Upwork …
According to Upwork.com, the typical job cost ranges for WordPress are around $10 – $500 …
As you can clearly see from the facts and figures presented above, the dominance of WordPress is expected to continue for a long time to come.
In other blog posts, you will learn:
- Why WordPress is an ideal vehicle to grow your business online,
- Over 50 compelling reasons why you should choose WordPress for your business website or blog, including a detailed review of the unique benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress platform,
- Ways to automate your business with WordPress,
- How to drive more traffic to your website, get more leads and subscribers, and how to sell more products and services with WordPress.
- Plus, we’ll be regularly posting loads of ”how to” tutorials and actual tips and examples of how to use WordPress and grow your business online, and save thousands of dollars on the costs of web development and website design.
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