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In this article, you will learn a number of surprising WordPress facts and figures that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world use WordPress and what kind of people and businesses are using WordPress today.
A brief summary:
- WordPress began as a blogging tool in 2003.
- WordPress is available in two formats: a hosted application (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 site.
- There are well over sixty million installations of WordPress worldwide. This number grows every day.
- WordPress powers over 30% of the internet. Over one-third of all websites worldwide are built with 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 using a content management system are powered by WordPress.
- Over 30,000,000 searches are made on Google each month for WordPress related terms.
- WordPress is 100% free to download, use and modify. The WordPress application is built using an open source content management system.
- WordPress code is built and improved upon by volunteers. People from all around the world are at work developing and improving WordPress functionality on an ongoing basis.
- WordPress is continually being updated to fix 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.
- The WordPress repository currently makes available thousands of free plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
- There is virtually no limit to what you can build with WordPress.
WordPress CMS Usage
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 website owners to add, edit and manage content on their website.
WordPress began in 2003. It was originally written by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Since then, it has become the largest self-hosted blogging tool 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 are home-based. Despite its distributed model and so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of the software) currently attracts more unique monthly views than Amazon, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, and eBay …
(WordPress [hosted] monthly uniques. Source: Automattic.com)
Here are just some of the latest WP usage statistics:
WordPress is the world’s leading CMS platform and powers over 30% of the web …
(WP CMS usage stats. 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 and more websites and blogs today are using the WordPress CMS platform.
WordPress is so popular, that even keeping up with the latest statistics on WordPress is difficult because the numbers change so often.
For example, at the time this article was written, here is the number of downloads of the latest WordPress version …
Note: The above 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 …
(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 click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter page, you will no doubt see a much higher download number … perhaps even an updated version, as the WordPress developer community continually updates the software to fix security issues and bugs, and add new or improved features.
Regarding updates, WordPress has made available over one hundred new software updates in its first 11 years of existence …
(Over one hundred new versions of WordPress have been released in its first 11 years)
WordPress currently releases a new update every 3-4 months …
(WordPress regularly releases new versions named after famous Jazz musicians)
Curiously enough, all major WordPress updates have a tradition of being named in honor of famous Jazz musicians, eg:
- v.1.5 = Billy Strayhorn (February 17, 2005),
- v.2.6 = McCoy Tyner (July 15, 2008),
- v.3.2 = George Gershwin (July 4, 2011),
- v.3.7 = Count Basie (October 24, 2013),
- v.4.0 = Benny Goodman (September 4, 2014),
- etc …
Who Is Using WordPress?
Who isn’t using WordPress nowadays? All kinds of businesses and people use WordPress to publish content about everything and anything.
Giant corporations, business of all sizes, retail companies, celebrities, politicians, famous actors, colleges, government department sites, not-for-profits – even nations use WordPress sites …
WordPress Blog Showcase
Here are just some of the growing number of businesses, companies and people who have built their online presence with WordPress:
- Global Brands & Corporations: Coca-Cola France, DC Diaper Bank, Dassault Aviation, McDonald’s Singapore, Mercedes-Benz, etc …
- Famous People, Politicians, Sports Stars, Artists & Musicians: Alanis Morissette, Rush, Kylie Minogue, Beyoncé, Usain Bolt, The Rolling Stones, Blondie, Howie Mandel, Sylvester Stallone, etc …
- Universities & Educational Institutions: University of Manitoba Today, Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Bridge, Bates College, MIT Sloan Management Review, etc.
- Magazines & Media: Time Inc., The New Yorker, IMC TV, Enterprise Magazine, etc.
- Governments, Not For Profits & Humanitarian Organizations: San Pellegrino Terme, Canadian Olympic Committee, Maryland National Road Association, UK Government Cabinet Office Digital Team, Amnesty International Korea, etc.
Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress offers users two formats: a hosted application (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).
- Businesses often choose the self-hosted version, which can be installed on their own domain names and modified to suit their needs. In fact, most WordPress self-hosted installations are set up for commercial uses.
- 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 every second (around 1.5 million posts per day).
WordPress provides a live map that lets you see blog post updates around the world in real-time …
WordPress (Hosted Version) – Activity
In later articles, we will explain the difference between WordPress.com (hosted) vs WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.
Other Statistics About WordPress
WordPress users can download and install over 37,000 WP plugins at no cost from the WordPress free plugins directory …
(WP free plugins directory)
For a detailed article about WP plugins go here:
WordPress users can also access over 1,700 free themes from the WordPress free theme repository …
(WordPress.org themes repository)
For a detailed article about themes go here:
Using WordPress In Different Languages
WordPress has been translated and localized into over seventy languages in addition to English …
(WordPress.org language translations)
WordPress Searches Online
The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million searches per month on Google. Additional WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WP themes”, “WordPress plugins”, ”learn WordPress”, etc. brings the total number of searches online for WordPress terms to more than thirty million …
(WordPress searches online)
If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress gets searched 5 x more than Joomla and 9x more than Drupal.
According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, a quarter of WordPress users who answered the survey said 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 …
According to Upwork, the typical cost for WordPress jobs is between $10 – $500 …
As you can see, WordPress is set for continued growth for many years to come.
In other articles, you will learn:
- Why WordPress is an ideal platform for growing your small business online,
- Dozens of compelling reasons why you should choose WordPress for your website or blog, including a detailed breakdown of the unique benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress CMS platform,
- Ways to automate your business with WordPress,
- How to generate more visitors to your site, get more leads, and how to sell more products and services with WordPress.
- Plus, we’ll provide loads of tutorials and tips 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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