WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

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

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In this article, you will learn a number of WordPress usage facts and figures 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 people and businesses use WordPress today.

WordPress: Surprising Facts And Figures

Below is a summary of what you will learn in this article:

  • WordPress started as a blogging tool in 2003.
  • WordPress offers two formats: 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 installing a new WordPress website.
  • There are over sixty million installations of WordPress worldwide. This number grows significantly every day.
  • 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 websites using a content management system are built with WordPress.
  • Over 37,000,000 searches made each month on Google are for terms related to WordPress.
  • WordPress is 100% free to download, use and modify. WordPress is built using an open source content management system.
  • WordPress code is built by volunteers. People from all over the world work on developing and improving WordPress each day.
  • The WordPress application is regularly updated to fix bugs and improve both its features and security.
  • WordPress delivers 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 using WordPress.

WordPress CMS Market Share

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

WordPress began in 2003. It was originally written by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. It is currently the most popular self-hosted content management system (CMS) 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 its distributed model and so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of the WordPress software) currently attracts more unique visitors than Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Yahoo, and eBay …

WordPress (hosted) monthly uniques

(WordPress [hosted version] unique views. Source: Automattic.com)

Here are just some of the latest statistics on WordPress:

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

WP usage statistics

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

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

WordPress usage stats

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

In fact, more websites and blogs today are being powered by the WordPress CMS platform.

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

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

current number of downloads of the latest WordPress version

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


Note: The above download number represents only the most recent 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

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

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

Regarding updates, WordPress has released over 100 new updates since 2003 …

WordPress release archive

(Over one hundred new versions of WordPress have been made available since 2003)

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

WP release versions

(WordPress regularly releases new version updates named after famous Jazz musicians)


here is an interesting fact: all major WordPress upgrades are named after famous Jazz music artists, eg:

  • v.2.0 = Duke Ellington (December 31, 2005),
  • v.2.3 = Dexter Gordon (September 24, 2007),
  • v.3.0 = Thelonious Monk (June 17, 2010),
  • v.3.3 = Sonny Stitt (December 12, 2011),
  • v.4.0 = Benny Goodman (September 4, 2014),
  • etc …

Who Uses WordPress?

A better question is who isn’t using WordPress? All different kinds of businesses and people from all walks of life use WordPress to publish content about everything under the sun.

Giant brands, businesses, retail companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous musicians, colleges, government department sites, not-for-profits – even countries use WordPress …

WP Showcase

WordPress.org Website Showcase

Here are just some of the growing number of businesses, companies and people who use WordPress:

  • Global Brands & Companies: Coca-Cola France, Dole, Dassault Aviation, McDonald’s Singapore, Hyatt Blog, etc …
  • Celebrities, Politicians, Sports Stars, Artists & Musicians: Alanis Morissette, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, Lily Allen, Beyoncé, Usain Bolt, Riverdance, Katie Couric, Howie Mandel, Russell Brand, etc …
  • Universities & Educational Institutions: University of Manitoba Today, Stony Brook University School of Journalism, Washington University’s School of Law, MIT Sloan Management Review, etc.
  • Magazines & Online Media: Tribune Media, The New Yorker, IMC TV, Dusty Cartridge, etc.
  • Governments, Public Services & Humanitarian Organizations: Open.NASA.gov, Canadian Museum of History, Maryland National Road Association, UK Government Cabinet Office Digital Team, Rotary Means Business – Rotary Club, etc.

Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress is available in two formats: a hosted application (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).

  • Businesses prefer to download the self-hosted version, which can be installed on their own domain and modified to suit their needs. In fact, most WordPress self-hosted installations are used for business sites.
  • 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 externally-hosted WordPress sites) published on average 17 new posts per second (around 1.5 million posts per day).

WordPress.com publishes a live map that shows the latest activity across its hosted platform …

WordPress.com - Live Activity

WordPress (Hosted Version) – Live Activity

In other articles, we will look at the difference between WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.

Additional WordPress Statistics

WordPress Plugins

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

WordPress.org plugin directory

(WordPress.org free plugins directory)

We have written a detailed article about plugins here:

WordPress Themes

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

WP free themes repository

(WP themes directory)

We have published a great article about WordPress themes here:

Translations Of WordPress

WordPress has been translated and localized into over 70 languages and dialects in addition to English …

WP language translations

(WordPress language translations)

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 online searches for WordPress terms to around 35 million …

(WP searches online)

(WordPress-related searches online)

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

WordPress Services

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, one quarter of all 33,000 WP users who responded to 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 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

WP Freelance Developers

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

WP Job Cost Overview - Upwork

(Source: Upwork)

As you can clearly see from the facts and figures presented above, there is no end in sight for how much further WordPress can continue to grow.

In other blog posts, you will learn:

  • Why WordPress is the best choice when you need a vehicle to grow your 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 WordPress,
  • How to automate your business marketing with WordPress,
  • How to generate targeted traffic to your website, get more leads, and sell more products and services with WordPress.
  • Plus, we’ll provide ongoing ”how to” tutorials and tips of how to use WordPress and expand your business online, while also saving thousands of dollars on website development and website design costs.


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