This blog post is part of a comprehensive article series designed to help you understand how WordPress can help your business succeed online.
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In this blog post, you will learn some surprising WordPress statistics that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world rely on WordPress to power their business websites and what kind of businesses and people use WordPress today.
WordPress: Facts And Figures
A brief summary:
- WordPress started as a blogging tool in 2003.
- WordPress is available in two formats: a hosted application (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable application (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 60 million installations of WordPress. This number increases every day.
- WordPress powers almost 27% of the internet. Over one-fifth of all websites worldwide 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 content management system are driven by WordPress.
- Over 30 million searches made each month on Google are for terms related to WordPress.
- The WordPress application is 100% free to download, use and modify. The WordPress application is distributed as an open source content management system.
- WordPress is worked on by volunteers. People from all over the world are at work developing and improving WordPress functionality every day.
- The WordPress core functionality is regularly updated to address 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 almost no limit to what someone can do with WordPress.
WordPress CMS Usage
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 users to add, edit and manage all content on their site.
WordPress started in 2003. It was originally written by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Since then, it has grown to be the largest self-hosted CMS-based publishing platform in the world, used on millions of sites 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 are home-based. Despite being a distributed company with so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of the software) currently attracts more unique views per month than Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo.com, and Twitter …
(WordPress [hosted version] unique views. Source: http://automattic.com/about)
Here are just some of the latest figures on WordPress:
Over 60% of all websites around the world do not use a CMS. Of those that do, WordPress is the leader, with over 60% of all market share.
WP usage stats
In terms of CMS usage, no other platform even comes close to WordPress …
In fact, more websites are being powered by the WordPress CMS platform.
*** UPDATE ***
As of June 2017, around 30% of all CMS websites in the world are built using WordPress.
WordPress is so popular, that keeping up with the latest statistics on WordPress is difficult because the data changes so frequently.
For example, at the time this article was written, here is the number of downloads of the latest WordPress version …
Note: The above numbers represents only the most recent version of WordPress. Less than half of all current users have upgraded their sites to the latest release …
(WP versions in current use. Source: https://wordpress.org/about/stats)
As this post was being written, the number of downloads was already increasing. If you click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter page, you will see a significantly higher figure … perhaps even an updated version, as the WordPress development team continually updates the software to fix security issues and bugs, and add improved or new features.
Regarding updates, WordPress has released over one hundred new update versions to date …
(Over one hundred new versions of WordPress have been released since 2003)
WordPress currently releases a new software version every 3-4 months …
(WordPress regularly releases new versions honoring famous Jazz musicians)
Interestingly enough, all major WordPress releases are typically named after well-known Jazz musicians, eg:
- v.2.0 = Duke Ellington (December 31, 2005),
- v.2.3 = Dexter Gordon (September 24, 2007),
- v.3.2 = George Gershwin (July 4, 2011),
- v.3.6 = Oscar Peterson (August 1, 2013),
- v.3.9 = Jimmy Smith (April 16, 2014),
- etc …
Who Uses WordPress
In a nutshell, all types of organizations and people use WordPress to publish content about everything and anything.
Giant brands, business of all sizes, technology companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous artists, colleges, government sectors, local organizations – even nations use WordPress sites …
Here are just some of the sites, institutions and people who have built their online presence with WordPress:
- Businesses & Corporations: Factory Jackson, Public Storage Canada, Groupe Renault, Groupe Vivendi, Mercedes-Benz, etc …
- Famous People, Politicians, Sports Stars, Artists & Musicians: US Air Force General Chuck Yeager, Ariana Grande, Kylie Minogue, Brian Smith, Dallas Mavericks, Steve Blake, LA Lakers, Mötley Crüe, Channing Tatum, Jason Mraz, 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 & News Media: Tribune Media, The Australian, Facebook Newsroom, CBS New York, etc.
- Governments, Public Services & Humanitarian Organizations: Sweden’s Official Site, Canadian Olympic Committee, Maryland National Road Association, Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, etc.
Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress is available in two formats: a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable application (WordPress.org).
- Businesses prefer the self-hosted version, which can be installed on their domain and customized to suit their needs. In fact, most WordPress self-hosted installations are set up for business 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 every second (around 1.5 million per day).
You can see a live map showing the latest user activity across its hosted platform …
WordPress (Hosted Version) – Activity
In later posts, we will look at the difference between WordPress.com (hosted) vs WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.
General WordPress Statistics
WordPress users can download and install over 37,000 plugins at no cost …
(WordPress plugin repository)
For more information about plugins go here:
WordPress users can also download and install over 1,700 themes at no cost from the WordPress free themes directory …
(WordPress.org free themes directory)
For more information about WP themes see this post:
WordPress In Other Languages
WordPress has been translated and localized into over 70 international languages in addition to English …
(WP language translations)
The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million searches per month on Google. Additional WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WordPress themes”, “WP plugins”, ”WordPress tutorials”, etc. brings the total number of online searches for WordPress terms to more than 35 million …
(WordPress-related searches online)
If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress is searched five times more than Joomla and 9x more often than Drupal.
According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, a quarter of all 33,000 WordPress 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 median hourly rate of WordPress projects is US$50.
You can find WordPress designers and developers for hire by searching on freelancing sites like Upwork …
According to Upwork.com, the typical job cost ranges for WordPress are around $10 – $500 …
As you can see, there is no end in sight for how much further WordPress can continue to grow.
In other blog posts, we will address the following:
- Why WordPress is the best choice when you need a vehicle to grow your business online,
- Dozens of great reasons why you should choose WordPress for your website or blog, including a detailed review of the benefits, features, and advantages of using WordPress,
- How to automate your business with WordPress,
- How to drive more traffic, increase conversions, and sell more products and services with WordPress.
- Plus, we’ll be providing loads of step-by-step tutorials and actual examples of how you can use WordPress to grow your business online, while also saving thousands of dollars on web development and website design costs.
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