WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

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In this article, you will learn a number of statistics about WordPress that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world rely on WordPress and what kind of businesses use WordPress today.

WordPress: Useful Facts And Figures

A brief summary:

  • WordPress started in 2003.
  • WordPress is available as a hosted application (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable application (WordPress.org).
  • 23 out of every hundred new domains registered in the U.S. are for a new WordPress website or blog.
  • There are over 60 million installations of WordPress. This number grows 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 CMS application are driven by WordPress.
  • Over 37 million searches are made on Google each month 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 the WordPress software each day.
  • The WordPress core program is continually being updated to eliminate bugs and improve both its ease of use and security.
  • WordPress delivers content online to visitors worldwide. WordPress has been translated and localized into over seventy international languages and dialects.
  • WordPress currently makes available thousands of free plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
  • There is practically no limit to what someone can do with WordPress.

WordPress CMS Usage

In simple terms, a content management system (CMS), is a web tool for non-technical users. It is designed to make it easy for non-technical users to add, edit and manage content on their site.

WordPress began in 2003. It was originally a simple program developed by co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. WordPress is now the most popular 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 having so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of the software) currently attracts more unique views per month than Facebook, Amazon, eBay, Twitter, and Yahoo …

WordPress.com unique monthly views

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

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 usage figures

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

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

WP CMS usage figures

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

In fact, more sites are now being powered by the WordPress CMS platform.

WordPress is so popular, that keeping up with the latest statistics on WordPress is quite difficult because the data changes so often.

For example, at the time this post was written, 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 number represents only the latest version of WordPress. Around one third of all current users have not yet updated their WP installations to the latest release …

WordPress versions currently in use

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

Even as this post was being written, the number of downloads has already shot up. If you were to click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter site, you will see a much higher number of downloads … perhaps even a different version, as the WordPress development community 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 software updates to date …

WordPress release archive

(Over 100 new WordPress versions have been made available to date)

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

WordPress release versions

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

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Interestingly enough, all major WordPress version updates are named in honor of Jazz musicians, eg:

  • v.1.0 = Miles Davis (January 3, 2004),
  • v.2.2 = Stan Getz (May 16, 2007),
  • v.3.2 = George Gershwin (July 4, 2011),
  • v.3.4 = Grant Green (June 13, 2012),
  • v.4.0 = Benny Goodman (September 4, 2014),
  • etc …

Who Is Using WordPress

In a nutshell, all kinds of organizations and people are using WordPress to blog about every kind of topic imaginable.

Giant corporations, businesses, retail companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous actors, universities, government department sites, not-for-profits – even countries are using WordPress …

WordPress.org Website Showcase

WordPress.org Showcase

Here are just some of the growing number of sites, institutions and people who use WordPress:

  • Global Brands & Companies: Sony Music, Dole, GDF SUEZ, McDonald’s Singapore, Vogue, etc …
  • Famous People, Politicians, Sports Stars, Actors & Musicians: Alanis Morissette, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, Kylie Minogue, Brian Smith, Dallas Mavericks, The Rolling Stones, William Shatner, Howie Mandel, Jason Mraz, etc …
  • Colleges & Educational Institutions: University of Manitoba Today, International Relations Online at American University, Bates College, The University of Mary Washington, etc.
  • Magazines & Media: Thrive Magazine, Time.com, InStyle News, Dusty Cartridge, etc.
  • Government Sites, Public Services & Humanitarian Organizations: San Pellegrino Terme, Canadian Museum of History, São Paulo Carnival, UK Government Cabinet Office Digital Team, Amnesty International Korea, etc.

Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress is available as 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 in their domain and freely modified 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 externally-hosted WordPress sites) published on average 17 new posts every second (around 1.5 million per day).

You can see a live map that lets you see blog post updates around the world in real-time …

WordPress (Hosted Version) - Activity Worldwide

WordPress (Hosted Version) – Live Users WorldWide

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

Other WordPress Statistics

WordPress Plugins

WordPress users have access to over almost 40,000 free plugins from the WordPress plugins repository …

WordPress.org free plugins directory

(WP plugin repository)

We have written a comprehensive article about plugins here:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users can also download and install over 1,700 themes at no cost …

WordPress.org theme directory

(WordPress.org theme repository)

We have written a detailed article about themes here:

Translations Of WordPress

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

WordPress.org languages

(WordPress.org language translations)

WordPress Searches Online

The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million monthly searches on Google. Adding WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WordPress themes”, “WordPress plugins”, “WordPress tutorials”, etc. brings the total number of searches online for WordPress terms to around thirty-five million …

(WordPress-related searches online)

(WP-related searches online)

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

WordPress Rates

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

WP Developers

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

WordPress Job Cost Overview - Upwork.com

(Source: Upwork)

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

In other blog posts, we will explore the following:

  • 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 breakdown of the unique benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress platform,
  • Ways to automate your business with WordPress,
  • How to generate targeted visitors, increase conversions, and sell more products and services with WordPress.
  • Plus, we’ll be providing loads of step-by-step tutorials and examples of how to use WordPress to expand your business online, while also saving thousands of dollars on website development and web design costs.

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Information Sources:

The above statistics were sourced from various locations around the web, including the following sites:

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