WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

This article provides statistical information and data on WordPress usage worldwide …

This blog post is part of a detailed article series designed to help you succeed online with the WordPress CMS.

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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 to power their websites and blogs and what kind of businesses use WordPress today.

How Popular Is WordPress? Facts And Figures About WordPress

Here is a summary of what you will learn in this blog post:

  • WordPress started in 2003.
  • WordPress is available as a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).
  • 22 out of every one hundred new domains registered in the U.S. are for installing a new WordPress website or blog.
  • There are over 60 million installations of WordPress worldwide. This number is growing every day.
  • WordPress powers over 30% of the internet. Over one-third 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 sites worldwide using a content management system are driven by WordPress.
  • Over 37,000,000 searches made each month on Google are for WordPress related terms.
  • WordPress is 100% free to download, use and modify. The WordPress application is built using an open source content management system.
  • WordPress is continually worked on by volunteers. People from all around the world work on developing and improving WordPress on an ongoing basis.
  • The WordPress software is continually being updated to address bugs and improve its ease of use 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 build using WordPress.

WordPress Usage

A content management system (CMS), is a web tool for non-technical users. It is a web application designed to make it easy for non-technical website owners to add, modify and manage all content on their site.

WordPress began in 2003. It was originally written by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Since then, WordPress has become the widely-used self-hosted CMS application 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 so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of WordPress) currently attracts more unique monthly views than Facebook, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo.com, and Twitter …

WordPress.com monthly uniques

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

Here are just some of the latest WP CMS usage stats:

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

WordPress CMS usage statistics

(WP 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 websites are being built with the WordPress CMS application.

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

For example, at the time this post was published, here is the current number of downloads of the latest WordPress version …

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 updated their installations to the latest release …

WP versions currently in use

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

As this post was being written, the number of downloads has already increased. If you were to click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter page, you will no doubt see a significantly higher download number … 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 made available over one hundred new updates in its first 11 years of existence …

WP release archive

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

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

WP release versions

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

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here is an interesting fact: all major WordPress upgrades have a tradition of being named in honor of Jazz music artists, eg:

  • v.1.0 = Miles Davis (January 3, 2004),
  • 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.3.9 = Jimmy Smith (April 16, 2014),
  • etc …

Who Is Using WordPress

Who isn’t using WordPress? All kinds of companies and people use WordPress to blog about everything and anything.

Popular corporations, businesses, retail companies, celebrities, politicians, famous actors, universities, government department sites, non-profit organizations – even nations are using WordPress sites …

WordPress Website Showcase

WordPress Website Showcase

Here are just some of the growing number of businesses, institutions and people who are using WordPress:

  • Businesses & Corporations: Google Ventures, Boardshorts.com, GDF SUEZ, McDonald’s Singapore, Mercedes-Benz, etc …
  • Celebs, Politicians, Sports Stars, Artists & Musicians: US Air Force General Chuck Yeager, Ariana Grande, Pixies, Justin Bieber, Dallas Mavericks, Riverdance, Katie Couric, Gabriel Iglesias, Sylvester Stallone, etc …
  • Universities & Educational Institutions: Georgia State University, International Relations Online at American University, Bates College, The University of Mary Washington, etc.
  • Magazines & Online Media: Tribune Media, The Australian, IMC TV, CBS New York, etc.
  • Government Sites, Not For Profits & Community Organizations: Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Canadian Olympic Committee, The National Art Gallery of Maldives, 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 application (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).

  • Businesses often choose the self-hosted version, which can be installed on their own domains and 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 self-hosted WordPress sites) published on average 17 blog posts every second (around 1.5 million posts 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

WordPress (Hosted Version) – Live Activity

In other articles, we compare the difference between WordPress.com (hosted) vs WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.

General Statistics About WordPress

WordPress Plugins

WordPress users can download and install over 37,000 free WP plugins …

WordPress.org free plugins repository

(WordPress.org plugin directory)

We have published a comprehensive article about plugins here:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users also have access to over 1,700 free WP themes from the WordPress theme directory …

WordPress.org free themes directory

(WordPress.org free themes repository)

For a detailed article about WordPress themes go here:

Translations Of WordPress

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

WordPress.org language translations

(WordPress.org language translations)

WordPress Searches

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

(WordPress-related searches online)

(WP-related searches online)

If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress is searched online five times as much as Joomla and 9x more often than Drupal.

WordPress Developers

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, 25% of all WP 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 median hourly rate of WordPress projects is around US$50.

You can find WordPress designers and developers for hire by searching on freelancing sites like Upwork.com

WP Developers

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

WordPress Job Cost Overview - Upwork.com

(Source: Upwork.com)

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

In other articles, you will learn:

  • Why WordPress is an ideal vehicle to grow your business online,
  • Over 50 great reasons why you should choose WordPress for your business website or blog, including a comprehensive look at the unique benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress CMS platform,
  • Ways to automate your business marketing with WordPress,
  • How to drive targeted visitors to your site, get more leads and subscribers, and sell more products and services with WordPress.
  • Plus, we’ll provide lots of step-by-step tutorials and useful tips of how you can use WordPress and expand your business online, and save thousands of dollars on website development and website design costs.

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"I have used the tutorials to teach all of my clients and it has probably never been so easy for everyone to learn WordPress ... Now I don't need to buy all these very expensive video courses that often don't deliver what they promise." - Stefan Wendt, Internet Marketing Success Group

Originally published as WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics.