WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

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In this blog post, we present a number of statistics about WordPress that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world use WordPress to power their business websites and what kind of people and businesses are using WordPress today.

WordPress: Facts And Statistics

In short:

  • WordPress began as a blogging tool in 2003.
  • WordPress is available as a hosted application (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable application (WordPress.org).
  • 23 out of every one hundred new domains registered in the U.S. are for installing a new WordPress site.
  • There are over sixty million installations of WordPress. This number grows 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 websites using a content management system are built with WordPress.
  • Over 37 million searches are made on Google each month 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 code is continually worked on by volunteers. Thousands of people from all around the world are at work developing and improving the WordPress software on an ongoing basis.
  • The WordPress software is updated on a regular basis to eliminate 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 languages.
  • 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 using WordPress.

WordPress Market Share

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

WordPress began in 2003. It was originally a simple program developed by co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. It is currently the largest self-hosted blogging tool 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 its distributed model and so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of WordPress) currently attracts more unique views per month than Amazon, Facebook, Yahoo.com, eBay, and Twitter …

WordPress (hosted) monthly uniques

(WordPress.com unique views. Source: Automattic.com)

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

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

WP CMS usage statistics

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

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

WP usage stats

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

In fact, more sites are now powered by WordPress.

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

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

WordPress downloads

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

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

WP versions currently in use

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

As this article was being written, the number of downloads is already increasing. If you click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter page, you will no doubt see a much higher download number … perhaps even a newer version, as the WordPress community continually updates the software to fix security issues and bugs, and add new or improved features.

Regarding updates, WordPress has made available to users over 100 new updates in its first 11 years of existence …

WP release archive

(Over 100 new WordPress versions have been released since 2003)

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

WP release versions

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

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Interestingly enough, all major WordPress releases are traditionally named after Jazz musicians, eg:

  • v.2.0 = Duke Ellington (December 31, 2005),
  • v.2.7 = John Coltrane (December 10, 2008),
  • v.3.1 = Django Reinhardt (February 23, 2011),
  • v.3.4 = Grant Green (June 13, 2012),
  • v.4.1 = Dinah Washington (December 18, 2014),
  • etc …

Who Is Using WordPress

Who doesn’t use WordPress? All types of businesses and people use WordPress to blog about everything and anything.

Popular corporations, businesses, technology companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous actors, educational institutions, government department sites, community organizations – even countries are using WordPress sites …

WordPress Showcase

WordPress.org Website Showcase

Here are just some of the many businesses, organizations and people who have built their online presence with WordPress:

  • Businesses & Corporations: Google Ventures, Boardshorts.com, GDF SUEZ, Groupe Vivendi, Vogue, etc …
  • Celebrities, Politicians, Sports Stars, Artists & Musicians: Alanis Morissette, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, Kylie Minogue, Justin Bieber, Usain Bolt, Riverdance, Dave Matthews Band, Howie Mandel, Russell Brand, etc …
  • Universities & Educational Institutions: Georgia State University, Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Bridge, Bates College, Salve Regina University, etc.
  • Magazines & News Media: Tribune Media, New York Post, IMC TV, Dusty Cartridge, etc.
  • Governments, Public Services & Humanitarian Organizations: Sweden’s Official Site, Canadian Olympic Committee, São Paulo Carnival, CURE International, Amnesty International Korea, etc.

Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress offers users the choice of two formats: a hosted application (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).

  • Businesses prefer the self-hosted version, which can be installed on their own domain and customized 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, WordPress blogs (blogs hosted either on WordPress.com or externally-hosted WordPress sites) published on average 17 new blog posts per second (around 1.5 million per day).

WordPress.com provides a live map that shows user activity across its hosted service …

WordPress.com - Activity

WordPress.com – Live Activity

In later articles, we cover the main differences between WordPress.com (hosted) vs WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.

General WordPress Statistics

WordPress Plugins

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

WordPress free plugins directory

(WordPress.org plugin repository)

We have published a detailed article about WP plugins here:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users also have access to over 1,700 free themes …

WP theme repository

(WordPress.org themes repository)

For a detailed article about WP themes go here:

WordPress Translations

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

WordPress.org language translations

(WordPress.org language translations)

Searching Online For WordPress

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

(WordPress searches online)

(WP searches online)

If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress gets searched 5 x as much as Joomla and 9x more often than Drupal.

WordPress Rates

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, one quarter of WordPress users who answered the survey stated 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 at freelancing sites like Upwork.com

WordPress Developers

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

WP Job Cost Overview - Upwork

(Source: Upwork)

As you can clearly see, the growth of WordPress is expected to continue for a long time to come.

In other articles, you will learn:

  • Why WordPress is the smartest option when it comes to choosing a platform for growing your small business online,
  • Dozens of compelling reasons why you should choose WordPress for your website or blog, including a detailed look at the benefits, features, and advantages of using WordPress,
  • Ways to automate your business with WordPress,
  • How to drive targeted traffic, get more leads, and how to sell more products and services with WordPress.
  • Plus, we’ll be regularly posting loads of tutorials and tips on how you can use WordPress to grow your business presence online, and save thousands of dollars on the costs of website development and website design.

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Sources:

The above figures were sourced from various locations around the web, including the following sites:

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