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 facts and figures about WordPress that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world rely on WordPress to power their websites and blogs and what kind of businesses and people are using WordPress today.

WordPress: Impressive Facts And Figures

A brief summary:

  • WordPress started in 2003.
  • WordPress offers 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 installing a new WordPress website or blog.
  • There are well over sixty million installations of WordPress worldwide. This number grows significantly 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 37 million searches are made on Google each month for terms related to WordPress.
  • The WordPress application is 100% free to download, use and modify. WordPress is built using an open source content management system.
  • WordPress is worked on by volunteers. People from all around the world work on developing and improving WordPress on an ongoing basis.
  • The WordPress core functionality is regularly updated to fix bugs and improve both its usage and security.
  • WordPress delivers content online to visitors worldwide. WordPress has been translated and localized into over seventy languages and dialects.
  • The WordPress repository currently makes available thousands of free WP plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
  • There is virtually no limit to what you can build using WordPress.

WordPress CMS Popularity

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 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 content management system (CMS) in the world, used on millions of websites 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 work from home. Despite its distributed model and so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of WordPress) currently attracts more unique monthly views than Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Yahoo, and eBay …

WordPress (hosted version) unique monthly views

(WordPress.com unique monthly views. Source: Automattic.com)

Consider the following WP usage stats:

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

WordPress usage stats

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

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

WP CMS usage stats

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

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

WordPress is so popular, that trying to keep up with statistics on WordPress is very 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 …

current number of downloads of the latest WordPress version

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

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Note: The above number 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

(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 site, you will see a much higher number of downloads … perhaps even a different 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 one hundred new software versions in its first 11 years of existence …

WordPress release archive

(Over one hundred new versions of WordPress have been released in its first 11 years)

WordPress currently releases a new updated version every 3-4 months …

WordPress release versions

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

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here is an interesting fact: all major WordPress version updates are named in honor of well-known Jazz music artists, eg:

  • v.1.2 = Charles Mingus (May 22, 2004),
  • v.2.3 = Dexter Gordon (September 24, 2007),
  • v.3.1 = Django Reinhardt (February 23, 2011),
  • v.3.4 = Grant Green (June 13, 2012),
  • v.4.1 = Dinah Washington (December 18, 2014),
  • etc …

Who Is Using WordPress

Who doesn’t use WordPress nowadays? All types of organizations and people from all walks of life are using WordPress to publish content about every kind of topic imaginable.

Leading corporations, businesses, technology companies, celebrities, politicians, famous musicians, educational institutions, government sectors, community organizations – even nations use WordPress-powered sites …

WordPress.org Site Showcase

WordPress.org Showcase

Here are just some of the sites, organizations and people who have chosen to build their online presence with WordPress:

  • Businesses & Corporations: Bata, DC Diaper Bank, Panic, McDonald’s Singapore, Mercedes-Benz, etc …
  • Famous People, Politicians, Sports Stars, Artists & Musicians: Garth Brooks, Ariana Grande, Kylie Minogue, Justin Bieber, The Sacramento Ballet, The Rolling Stones, Katie Couric, Gabriel Iglesias, Sylvester Stallone, etc …
  • Colleges & Educational Institutions: University of Manitoba Today, Stony Brook University School of Journalism, UCF College of Medicine, The University of Mary Washington, etc.
  • Magazines & Media: Time Inc., The New Yorker, InStyle News, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Governments, Not For Profits & Humanitarian Organizations: Open.NASA.gov, Chicago Weather Center, São Paulo Carnival, UK Government Cabinet Office Digital Team, Amnesty International Korea, 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 the self-hosted version, which can be installed on their domains 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, blogs belonging to the WordPress network (blogs hosted either on WordPress.com or externally-hosted WordPress sites) published on average 17 new blog posts every second (around 1.5 million posts per day).

WordPress.com publishes a live map that shows user activity across its hosted service …

WordPress (Hosted Version) - Activity Worldwide

WordPress (Hosted Version) – Activity Around The World

In other posts, we will compare the main differences between WordPress.com (hosted) vs WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.

Additional Statistics About WordPress

WordPress Plugins

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

WordPress.org plugin repository

(WordPress.org plugin repository)

We have written a great article about plugins here:

WordPress Themes

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

WordPress.org theme directory

(WordPress.org theme directory)

We have written a detailed article about WP themes here:

WordPress Language Translations

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

WordPress languages

(WP languages)

Searching Online For WordPress

The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million monthly searches on Google. Including 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 30 million …

(WordPress-related searches online)

(WordPress searches online)

If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress is searched online five times more than Joomla and nine times more than Drupal.

WordPress Rates

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, 25% of users who responded to the survey said 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 at freelancing sites like Upwork.com

WordPress Freelance Developers

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

WP Job Cost Overview - Upwork

(Source: Upwork.com)

As you can see, 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 option when it comes to choosing a platform for growing your small business online,
  • Dozens of great reasons why you should choose WordPress for your website or blog, including a comprehensive breakdown of the benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress CMS platform,
  • How to automate your business with WordPress,
  • How to drive targeted traffic to your website, get more leads, and sell more products and services with WordPress.
  • Plus, we’ll be publishing lots of ”how to” tutorials and useful tips and examples on how you can use WordPress to grow your business presence online, and save thousands of dollars on the costs of website development and web design.

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