WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

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

This blog post is part of a comprehensive article series designed to help small business owners succeed online using the WordPress content publishing application.


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In this article, we present a number of WordPress usage statistics that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world choose WordPress and what kind of businesses are using WordPress today.

WordPress: Statistics And Market Share

Below is a summary of what we will cover:

  • WordPress started as a blogging tool in 2003.
  • WordPress offers users the choice of two formats: a hosted application (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 installing a new WordPress website.
  • There are over sixty million installations of WordPress. This number grows significantly every day.
  • WordPress powers over 30% of the internet. Over one-third of all websites worldwide are driven 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 that use a content management system are driven by WordPress.
  • Over 30,000,000 searches made each month on Google are for terms related to WordPress.
  • The WordPress application is completely free to download, use and modify. The WordPress application is distributed as an open source content management system.
  • WordPress is continually built and improved upon by volunteers. People from all over the world work on developing and improving the WordPress software on an ongoing basis.
  • WordPress is updated on a regular basis 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 70 languages.
  • WordPress currently makes available thousands of free WP plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
  • There is virtually no limit to what you can do using WordPress.

WordPress CMS Usage

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

WordPress began in 2003. It was originally a simple program developed by co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. It is currently 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 are home-based. Despite being a distributed company and having so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of WordPress) currently attracts more unique monthly views than Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Yahoo.com, and eBay …

WordPress.com monthly uniques

(WordPress [hosted] monthly uniques. Source: http://automattic.com/about)

Here are just some of the latest statistics on WordPress CMS usage:

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

WP CMS usage statistics

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

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

WP usage figures

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

In fact, more websites and blogs are now powered by WordPress.

WordPress is so popular, that trying to keep up with the latest statistics on WordPress is quite difficult because the information changes so often.

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

WordPress downloads

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


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

WP 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 is already increasing. 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 an updated version, as the WordPress community continually updates the software to fix security issues and bugs, and add new or improved features.

Speaking of updates, WordPress has made available over one hundred new software 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)


Interestingly enough, all major WordPress version updates are typically named in honor of famous Jazz music artists, eg:

  • v.2.0 = Duke Ellington (December 31, 2005),
  • v.2.3 = Dexter Gordon (September 24, 2007),
  • v.2.9 = Carmen McRae (December 18, 2009),
  • v.3.3 = Sonny Stitt (December 12, 2011),
  • v.3.8 = Charlie Parker (December 12, 2013),
  • etc …

Who Is Using WordPress

Who doesn’t use WordPress? All different kinds of organizations and people from all walks of life use WordPress to publish content about everything under the sun.

Leading corporations, business of all sizes, retail companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous musicians, colleges, government department sites, not-for-profits – even nations use WordPress to run their official websites …

WordPress.org Showcase

WordPress Showcase

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

  • Businesses & Companies: Sony Music, DC Diaper Bank, GDF SUEZ, Group Bouygues, Hyatt Blog, etc …
  • Celebrities, Politicians, Sports Stars, Artists & Musicians: Garth Brooks, Rush, Pixies, Justin Bieber, Usain Bolt, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Howie Mandel, Russell Brand, etc …
  • Colleges & Educational Institutions: Nicholls State University, International Relations Online at American University, Washington University’s School of Law, Carleton University, etc.
  • Magazines & Media: Thrive Magazine, The Australian, IMC TV, CBS New York, etc.
  • Governments, Not For Profits & Humanitarian Organizations: Sweden’s Official Site, Chicago Weather Center, Slow Food Italia, Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, Rotary Means Business – Rotary Club, etc.

Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress offers 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 domains and modified to suit their needs. In fact, most WordPress self-hosted installations are used for business sites.
  • 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 blog posts every second (around 1.5 million posts per day).

WordPress publishes a live map that shows the latest user activity across its hosted platform …

WordPress.com - Activity Around The World

WordPress (Hosted Version) – Activity

In later articles, we explain 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 plugins for free …

WordPress.org plugins repository

(WordPress.org plugin directory)

We have written a detailed article about plugins here:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users can also download and install over 1,700 free WordPress themes …

WordPress.org themes directory

(WordPress.org free themes repository)

We have written a detailed article about WP themes here:

Translations Of WordPress

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

WordPress language translations

(WP languages)

WordPress Searches Online

The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million monthly searches on Google. Additional WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WP themes”, “WordPress plugins”, ”WordPress SEO”, etc. brings the total number of online searches for WordPress terms to around 35 million …

(WordPress-related searches online)

(WordPress searches online)

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

WordPress Services

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, a quarter of all WordPress users who responded to the survey said that they make a full-time living off the WordPress CMS. An earlier survey conducted by WordPress (2012) also found that the median hourly rate of WordPress projects is US$50.

You can find WordPress developers and designers 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 …

WP Job Cost Overview - Upwork.com

(Source: Upwork)

As you can see from the information above, there is no end in sight for how much further WordPress can continue to dominate the CMS market.

In other blog posts, you will learn:

  • Why WordPress is the smartest option when it comes to choosing a vehicle to grow your business online,
  • Dozens of compelling reasons why you should choose WordPress for your website or blog, including a detailed breakdown of the unique benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress CMS platform,
  • Ways to automate your business with WordPress,
  • How to generate more traffic, get more leads and subscribers, and sell more products and services with WordPress.
  • Plus, we’ll be regularly posting many step-by-step tutorials and tips on how you can use WordPress and grow your business presence online, while also saving thousands of dollars on web development and website design costs.


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