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In this article, you will learn some WordPress usage facts and figures that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world use WordPress and what kind of businesses are using WordPress today.
WordPress: Facts And Statistics
The short version:
- WordPress began as a blogging tool in 2003.
- WordPress offers two formats: a hosted platform (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 a new WordPress website.
- There are well over sixty million installations of WordPress. 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 CMS application are powered by WordPress.
- Over 35 million searches made each month on Google are for terms related to WordPress.
- WordPress is completely free to download, use and modify. The WordPress application is built using an open source content management system.
- WordPress code is continually built by volunteers. People from all over the world work on developing and improving the WordPress application every day.
- The WordPress software is updated on a regular basis to fix bugs and improve both its usage and security.
- WordPress delivers content online to visitors worldwide. WordPress has been translated and localized into over 70 international languages.
- WordPress currently makes available thousands of free plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
- There is practically no limit to what you can do using WordPress.
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 all 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 most popular 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 its distributed model and having so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of WordPress) currently attracts more unique views per month than Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Yahoo.com, and eBay …
(WordPress.com monthly uniques. Source: Automattic.com)
Consider the following WordPress CMS usage stats:
WordPress is the world’s leading CMS platform and powers over 30% of the web …
(WP usage stats. Source: trends.builtwith.com/cms)
In terms of CMS usage, no other platform even comes close to WordPress …
(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)
In fact, more websites today are using the WordPress CMS application.
WordPress is so popular, that even trying to keep up with the latest statistics on WordPress is very difficult because the data changes so frequently.
For example, at the time this post was written, this is the number of downloads of the latest WordPress version …
Note: The above numbers represents only the latest version of WordPress. Around one third of all current users have not yet updated their WP installations to the latest release …
(WordPress versions currently in use. Source: https://wordpress.org/about/stats)
As this post was being written, the number of downloads has already increased. If you click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter site, you will no doubt see a significantly higher download number … perhaps even a different 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 one hundred new software versions in its first 11 years of existence …
(Over one hundred new WordPress versions have been made available to date)
WordPress currently releases a new update every 3-4 months or so …
(WordPress regularly releases new software updates honoring famous Jazz musicians)
An interesting fact, is that all major WordPress updates are named after famous Jazz musicians, eg:
- v.2.1 = Ella Fitzgerald (January 22, 2007),
- v.2.3 = Dexter Gordon (September 24, 2007),
- v.3.2 = George Gershwin (July 4, 2011),
- v.3.5 = Elvin Jones (December 11, 2012),
- v.3.9 = Jimmy Smith (April 16, 2014),
- etc …
Who Uses WordPress?
Who doesn’t use WordPress nowadays? All kinds of enterprises and people are using WordPress to blog about everything and anything.
Leading brands, businesses, technology companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous actors, educational institutions, government sectors, community organizations – even countries are using WordPress …
WordPress.org Web Site Showcase
Here are just some of the growing number of sites, organizations and people who have chosen to use WordPress:
- Global Brands & Companies: Coca-Cola France, Boardshorts.com, Dassault Aviation, Groupe Vivendi, Vogue, etc …
- Celebs, Politicians, Sports Stars, Actors & Musicians: Alanis Morissette, Rush, Lily Allen, Beyoncé, Dallas Mavericks, Riverdance, Dave Matthews Band, Howie Mandel, Sylvester Stallone, etc …
- Colleges & Educational Institutions: University of Manitoba Today, Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Bridge, Bates College, MIT Sloan Management Review, etc.
- Magazines & Online Media: Time Inc., The New Yorker, InStyle News, Enterprise Magazine, etc.
- Government Sites, Public Services & Community Organizations: Open.NASA.gov, Canadian Museum of History, Maryland National Road Association, Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, Amnesty International Korea, etc.
Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress is available as a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable application (WordPress.org).
- Businesses prefer the self-hosted version, which can be installed in their domain names and freely 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 Around The World
In later articles, we look at the difference between WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.
Other WordPress Statistics
WordPress users have access to over 37,000 free WordPress plugins …
(WordPress.org free plugins repository)
For a detailed article about WP plugins go here:
WordPress users can also access over 1,700 themes at no cost …
(WordPress.org free themes repository)
For more information about themes go here:
WordPress Language Translations
WordPress has been translated and localized into over 70 international languages in addition to English …
(WordPress language translations)
WordPress Searches Online
The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million monthly searches on Google. Additional WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WordPress themes”, “WordPress plugins”, ”WordPress SEO”, etc. brings the total number of searches online for WordPress terms to around 30 million …
(WordPress-related searches online)
If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress is searched online 5 x as much as Joomla and nine times more often than Drupal.
According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, one quarter of all WordPress 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 US$50.
You can find WordPress developers and designers for hire at freelancing sites like Upwork …
According to Upwork.com, the typical job cost ranges for WordPress are between $10 – $500 …
As you can see from the information presented above, the dominance of WordPress is predicted to continue for many years to come.
In other articles, you will learn:
- Why WordPress is the best option when it comes to choosing a vehicle to grow your business online,
- Dozens of reasons why you should choose WordPress for your website or blog, including a comprehensive look at the benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress CMS platform,
- Ways to automate your business marketing with WordPress,
- How to drive targeted traffic to your site, get more leads, and how to sell more products and services with WordPress.
- Plus, we’ll be regularly posting loads of tutorials and examples of how to use WordPress and expand your business presence online, and save thousands of dollars on web development and web design costs.
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