WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

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

This blog post is part of a multi-part series of articles designed to help small businesses grow online.

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In this blog post, you will learn a number of facts and figures about WordPress that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world choose WordPress to power their business websites and what kind of businesses use WordPress today.

WordPress: Useful Facts And Figures

A brief summary:

  • WordPress began in 2003.
  • WordPress is available in two formats: a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).
  • 22 out of every hundred new domains registered in the U.S. are for a new WordPress website or blog.
  • There are well over 60 million installations of WordPress worldwide. This number grows significantly everyday.
  • WordPress powers over 30% of the internet. Over one-third of all websites around the world 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 that use a content management system are powered by WordPress.
  • Over 37,000,000 searches are made on Google each month for terms related to WordPress.
  • WordPress is 100% free to download, use and modify. WordPress is distributed as an open source content management system.
  • WordPress is continually built and improved upon by volunteers. People from all over the world are at work developing and improving WordPress on an ongoing basis.
  • WordPress is updated on a regular basis to eliminate bugs and improve its features and security.
  • WordPress can deliver your content online to visitors worldwide. WordPress has been translated and localized into over seventy international languages.
  • WordPress currently makes available thousands of free WordPress plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
  • There is almost no limit to what you can build with WordPress.

WordPress Usage

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

WordPress started in 2003. It was originally a simple program developed by co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. WordPress is now the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of websites 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 are home-based. Despite being a distributed company with so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of the WordPress software) currently attracts more unique views per month than Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, eBay, and Twitter …

WordPress (hosted) unique monthly views

(WordPress.com monthly uniques. Source: http://automattic.com/about)

Here are just some of the latest figures on WordPress usage:

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

WP CMS usage statistics

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

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

WordPress usage statistics

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

In fact, more and more websites today are powered by the WordPress CMS application.

WordPress is so popular, that even trying to keep up with the latest statistics on WordPress is quite difficult because the numbers change so frequently.

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

WP 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 updated their sites to the latest release …

WP versions currently in use

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

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

Speaking of updates, WordPress has released over one hundred new update versions since 2003 …

WP release archive

(Over 100 new versions of WordPress have been made available in its first 11 years)

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

WordPress release versions

(WordPress regularly releases new version updates honoring famous Jazz musicians)

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

  • v.2.0 = Duke Ellington (December 31, 2005),
  • v.2.6 = McCoy Tyner (July 15, 2008),
  • 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

Who doesn’t use WordPress nowadays? All types of businesses and people from all walks of life are using WordPress to blog about everything and anything.

Global brands, businesses, retail companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous musicians, colleges, government sectors, community organizations – even countries are using WordPress to publish web content and run their official websites and blogs …

WordPress.org Blog Showcase

WP Web Site Showcase

Here are just some of the sites, organizations and people using WordPress:

  • Businesses & Corporations: Google Ventures, Public Storage Canada, Dassault Aviation, Group Bouygues, Vogue, etc …
  • Celebs, Politicians, Sports Stars, Actors & Musicians: US Air Force General Chuck Yeager, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, Kylie Minogue, Brian Smith, Dallas Mavericks, The Rolling Stones, Blondie, Howie Mandel, Russell Brand, etc …
  • Colleges & Educational Institutions: Georgia State University, Stony Brook University School of Journalism, Washington University’s School of Law, Lafayette College, etc.
  • Magazines & Media: Tribune Media, The New Yorker, InStyle News, CBS New York, etc.
  • Government Sites, Public Services & Humanitarian Organizations: San Pellegrino Terme, Canadian Museum of History, The National Art Gallery of Maldives, Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, Amnesty International Korea, etc.

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

  • Businesses prefer the self-hosted version, which can be installed in their domain and customized to suit their needs. In fact, most WordPress self-hosted installations are business marketing or sales purposes.
  • 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 blog posts per second (around 1.5 million per day).

WordPress.com provides a live map that shows user activity across its hosted platform …

WordPress (Hosted Version) - Live Users WorldWide

WordPress (Hosted Version) – Live Activity

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

Additional Statistics About WordPress

WordPress Plugins

WordPress users can download and install over 37,000 free plugins from the WordPress plugins directory …

WordPress.org plugin repository

(WP plugin directory)

For more information about WP plugins go here:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users can also access over 1,700 free WordPress themes …

WordPress.org free themes repository

(WordPress.org free themes repository)

We have written a detailed article about WP themes here:

WordPress In Other Languages

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

WordPress languages

(WP languages)

WordPress Searches

The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million searches per month on Google. Additional WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WordPress themes”, “WordPress plugins”, ”WordPress tutorials”, etc. brings the total number of searches online for WordPress terms to more than 35 million …

(WP-related searches online)

(WP-related searches online)

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

WordPress Rates

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, one quarter of 33,000 users who participated in the survey stated that they make a full-time living off WordPress. 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 designers and developers for hire by searching on freelancing sites like Upwork

WordPress Freelance Developers Upwork

According to Upwork, the typical cost for WordPress jobs is around $10 – $500 …

WP Job Cost Overview - Upwork.com

(Source: Upwork.com)

As you can see, there is no end in sight for how much further WordPress can continue to grow and dominate in the CMS arena.

In other blog posts, you will learn:

  • Why WordPress is the best choice when you need a vehicle for growing your business online,
  • Over fifty great reasons why you should choose WordPress for your business website or blog, including a detailed breakdown of the benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress CMS platform,
  • Ways to automate your business marketing with WordPress,
  • How to drive targeted visitors, get more leads, and how to sell more products and services with WordPress.
  • Plus, we’ll be providing ongoing step-by-step tutorials and practical examples of how to use WordPress to grow your business presence online, while also saving thousands of dollars on the costs of web development and web design.

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"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)