WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

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In this article, we present a number of statistics 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 people and businesses are using WordPress today.

WordPress: Facts And Statistics

Below is a summary of what this article will cover:

  • WordPress started in 2003.
  • WordPress offers users two formats: a hosted platform (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.
  • There are over sixty million installations of WordPress worldwide. This number increases every day.
  • WordPress powers over 30% of the internet. Over one-third of all websites around the world 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 websites worldwide that use a CMS application are driven by WordPress.
  • Over 35,000,000 searches are made on Google each month for WordPress related terms.
  • WordPress is completely free to download, use and modify. The WordPress application is distributed as an open source content management system.
  • WordPress is built and improved upon by volunteers. People from all around the world work on developing and improving WordPress on an ongoing basis.
  • WordPress is regularly updated to fix 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 languages and dialects.
  • WordPress currently makes available thousands of free WordPress plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
  • There is almost no limit to what someone can do with WordPress.

WordPress CMS Usage

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

WordPress began in 2003. It was originally a simple program developed by co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Since then, WordPress has become the most downloaded self-hosted CMS application 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 being a distributed company and having so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of the WordPress software) currently attracts more unique visitors than Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo.com, Twitter, and eBay …

WordPress.com monthly uniques

(WordPress.com unique visits. Source: http://automattic.com/about)

Here are just some of the latest stats on WordPress:

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

WordPress usage stats

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

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

WordPress usage figures

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

In fact, more and more websites and blogs are now being built on the WordPress CMS application.

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

WP downloads

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

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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 sites to the latest version …

WP versions currently in use

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

Even as this article was being written, the number of downloads has already grown. If you were to click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter site, you will no doubt 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 made available over 100 new update versions in its first 11 years of existence …

WordPress release archive

(Over 100 new versions of WordPress have been made available since 2003)

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

WordPress release versions

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

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here is an interesting fact: all major WordPress releases are typically named after well-known Jazz musicians, eg:

  • v.2.1 = Ella Fitzgerald (January 22, 2007),
  • v.2.6 = McCoy Tyner (July 15, 2008),
  • v.3.1 = Django Reinhardt (February 23, 2011),
  • v.3.6 = Oscar Peterson (August 1, 2013),
  • v.3.8 = Charlie Parker (December 12, 2013),
  • etc …

Who Uses WordPress?

In a nutshell, all types of enterprises and people from all walks of life are using WordPress to blog about every kind of topic imaginable.

Leading brands, businesses, technology companies, celebrities, politicians, famous musicians, colleges, government sectors, community organizations – even countries are using WordPress …

WP Site Showcase

WordPress.org Website Showcase

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

  • Businesses & Corporations: Factory Jackson, Boardshorts.com, Groupe Renault, Group Bouygues, Mercedes-Benz, etc …
  • Famous People, Politicians, Sports Stars, Actors & Musicians: Alanis Morissette, Rush, The Meredith Vieira Show, Beyoncé, Dallas Mavericks, The Rolling Stones, William Shatner, Channing Tatum, Sylvester Stallone, etc …
  • Universities & Educational Institutions: University of Manitoba Today, Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Bridge, Washington University’s School of Law, Lafayette College, etc.
  • Magazines & News Media: Tribune Media, The Australian, IMC TV, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Governments, Public Services & Humanitarian Organizations: Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Canadian Museum of History, Slow Food Italia, Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, Rotary Means Business – Rotary Club, etc.

Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress is available in two formats: a hosted platform (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 own domain names 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 self-hosted WordPress sites) published on average 17 blog posts every second (around 1.5 million per day).

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

WordPress (Hosted Version) - Live Activity

WordPress.com – Live Users WorldWide

In other articles, we examine 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 free plugins repository …

WordPress free plugin directory

(WordPress.org free plugins directory)

We have written a comprehensive article about WordPress plugins here:

WordPress Themes

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

WordPress theme directory

(WordPress free themes repository)

We have published a great article about WP themes here:

Translations Of WordPress

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

WordPress languages

(WordPress.org 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 …

(WP-related searches online)

(WordPress-related searches online)

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

WordPress Developers

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, 25% of all WP users who answered 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 US$50.

You can find WordPress designers and developers for hire at freelancing sites like Upwork

WordPress Developers

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

WP Job Cost Overview - Upwork

(Source: Upwork.com)

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

In other articles, you will learn:

  • Why WordPress is the best vehicle to grow your business online,
  • Over fifty compelling reasons why you should choose WordPress for your website or blog, including a detailed review of the benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress CMS platform,
  • How to automate your business with WordPress,
  • How to drive more visitors, get more leads, and how to sell more products and services with WordPress.
  • Plus, we’ll be regularly posting new ”how to” tutorials and tips on how you can use WordPress and grow your business online, and save thousands of dollars on the costs of website development and website design.

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