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 surprising facts and figures about WordPress that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world use WordPress and what kind of businesses use WordPress today.

WordPress: Facts And Figures

In short:

  • WordPress started in 2003.
  • WordPress is available in two formats: a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).
  • 22 out of every hundred new domains registered in the U.S. are for installing a new WordPress website.
  • There are over 60 million installations of WordPress. This number is growing 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 websites worldwide using a content management system are driven by WordPress.
  • Over 37 million searches are made on Google each month for WordPress related terms.
  • The WordPress application is 100% free to download, use and modify. The WordPress application is distributed under an open source content management system.
  • WordPress is continually worked on by volunteers. People from all around the world are at work developing and improving the WordPress application every day.
  • The WordPress core application is regularly updated to eliminate bugs and improve both its usage and security.
  • WordPress delivers content online to visitors worldwide. WordPress has been translated and localized into over 70 international languages and dialects.
  • The WordPress repository currently makes available thousands of free WordPress plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
  • There is practically no limit to what you can do with WordPress.

WordPress Market Share

In simple terms, a content management system (CMS), is a website maintenance 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 all content on their website.

WordPress began in 2003. It was originally written by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. WordPress is now the most downloaded 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 work from home. 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 Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo, and Twitter …

WordPress (hosted) unique visits

(WordPress.com unique monthly visits. 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 figures

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

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

WordPress CMS usage stats

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

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

WordPress is so popular, that keeping up with statistics on WordPress is very 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 …

WP downloads

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

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Note: The above numbers represents only the latest version of WordPress. Around one third of all current users have not yet updated their installations to the latest release …

WordPress versions currently in use

(WP versions in current 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 should expect to see a significantly higher download number … 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 one hundred new update versions to date …

WordPress release archive

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

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

WordPress release versions

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

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Curiously enough, all major WordPress version releases are traditionally named after famous Jazz music artists, eg:

  • v.1.2 = Charles Mingus (May 22, 2004),
  • v.2.6 = McCoy Tyner (July 15, 2008),
  • v.3.0 = Thelonious Monk (June 17, 2010),
  • v.3.5 = Elvin Jones (December 11, 2012),
  • v.3.8 = Charlie Parker (December 12, 2013),
  • etc …

Who Uses WordPress

In a nutshell, all types of enterprises and people use WordPress to blog about everything under the sun.

Giant brands, businesses, technology companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous actors, universities, government department sites, local organizations – even countries use WordPress …

WP Web Site Showcase

WordPress.org Blog Showcase

Here are just some of the many sites, institutions and people who have chosen to use WordPress:

  • Businesses & Corporations: Coca-Cola France, Glad, GDF SUEZ, Groupe Vivendi, Vogue, etc …
  • Famous People, Politicians, Sports Stars, Actors & Musicians: US Air Force General Chuck Yeager, Ariana Grande, Pixies, Justin Bieber, Dallas Mavericks, The Rolling Stones, Kobe Bryant, Howie Mandel, Jason Mraz, etc …
  • Colleges & Educational Institutions: Georgia State University, Stony Brook University School of Journalism, UCF College of Medicine, Salve Regina University, etc.
  • Magazines & Media: Fortune, New York Post, IMC TV, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Government Sites, Not For Profits & Community Organizations: Open.NASA.gov, Canadian Museum of History, São Paulo Carnival, CURE International, 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 clearly prefer the self-hosted version, which can be installed on their domains and modified to suit their needs. In fact, most WordPress self-hosted installations are business marketing activities.
  • More than half of all WordPress users use the hosted version on WordPress.com
  • In 2014, blogs that are part of the WordPress network (blogs hosted either on WordPress.com or externally-hosted WordPress sites) published on average 17 new blog posts per second (around 1.5 million posts per day).

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

WordPress (Hosted Version) - Live Users WorldWide

WordPress.com – Activity Around The World

In later posts, we address the main differences between WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.

Other WordPress Statistics

WordPress Plugins

WordPress users can download and install over 37,000 free WordPress plugins from the WordPress plugin directory …

WordPress.org plugins directory

(WordPress.org free plugins directory)

For more information about plugins see this post:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users can also access over 1,700 themes at no cost from the WordPress free themes directory …

WordPress free themes repository

(WordPress.org themes repository)

For more information about WP themes see this post:

Translations Of WordPress

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

WordPress language translations

(WordPress languages)

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”, “WordPress tutorials”, etc. brings the total number of online searches for WordPress terms to around 37 million …

(WP searches online)

(WordPress-related searches online)

If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress is 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 33,000 WordPress users who participated in the survey stated 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 US$50.

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

WP Freelance Developers Upwork.com

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

WordPress Job Cost Overview - Upwork.com

(Source: Upwork.com)

As you can clearly see from the statistics above, WordPress is poised for continued growth for a long time to come.

In other blog posts, we will explore the following areas of WordPress in detail:

  • Why WordPress is the best choice when you need a vehicle for growing your small business online,
  • Dozens of great reasons why you should choose WordPress for your website or blog, including a detailed breakdown of the benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress CMS platform,
  • How to automate your business marketing with WordPress,
  • How to generate targeted traffic to your site, get more leads, and sell more products and services with WordPress.
  • Plus, we’ll be publishing lots of step-by-step tutorials and examples of how to use WordPress to expand your business presence online, while also saving thousands of dollars on web development and web design costs.

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