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WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

This blog post is part of a detailed series of articles aimed at helping small businesses grow online with the WordPress platform.

For an overview of the article series, go here:

In this article, you will learn some WordPress facts and figures that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world use WordPress to power their websites and what kind of businesses and people use WordPress today.

WordPress: Useful Facts And Figures

In short:

WordPress CMS Market Dominance

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 users to add, modify and manage content on their website.

WordPress started in 2003. It was originally a simple program developed by co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Since then, WordPress has grown to become the most downloaded self-hosted content management system (CMS) 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 being a distributed company with so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of the WordPress software) currently attracts more unique views per month than Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Twitter, and Yahoo …

(WordPress [hosted version] unique views. Source: http://automattic.com/about)

Consider the following WordPress CMS usage statistics:

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

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

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

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

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

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

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

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

Note: The above download figures represents only the most recent version of WordPress. Around one third of all current users have not yet upgraded their WP installations to the latest version …

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

Even as this article was being written, the number of downloads has already grown. If you click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter page, you will see a significantly higher download figure … perhaps even a different version, as WordPress continually updates the software to fix security issues and bugs, and add new or improved features.

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

(Over one hundred new WordPress versions have been released to date)

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

(WordPress regularly releases new versions named after famous Jazz musicians)

Incidentally, all major WordPress upgrades have a tradition of being named after well-known Jazz music artists, eg:

Who Uses WordPress

In a nutshell, all types of enterprises and people from all walks of life use WordPress to publish content about everything and anything.

Large corporations, businesses, retail companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous musicians, universities, government department sites, community organizations – even countries are using WordPress-powered sites …

WP Showcase

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

Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress is available as a hosted application (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable software (WordPress.org).

You can see a live map that lets you see blog post updates around the world in real-time …

WordPress.com – Live Users WorldWide

In later posts, we cover the difference between WordPress.com (hosted) vs WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.

Additional Statistics About WordPress

WordPress Plugins

WordPress users have access to over 37,000 free plugins …

(WordPress.org free plugins directory)

We have published a comprehensive article about plugins here:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users can also access over 1,700 free WP themes from the WordPress theme repository …

(WP free themes directory)

For more information about themes go here:

Translations Of WordPress

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

(WordPress.org language translations)

WordPress Searches Online

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

(WP searches online)

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

WordPress Services

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

According to Upwork, the typical cost for WordPress jobs is around $10 – $500 …

(Source: Upwork)

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

In other blog posts, you will learn:

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