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In this blog post, you will learn some surprising WordPress usage statistics that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world rely on WordPress and what kind of people and businesses are using WordPress today.
Statistics And Usage Of WordPress
A brief summary:
- WordPress started 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 site.
- There are over 60 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 worldwide using a CMS application are powered by WordPress.
- Over 35,000,000 searches made each month on Google are for WordPress related terms.
- WordPress is completely free to download, use and modify. The WordPress application is distributed as an open source content management system.
- WordPress is continually worked on by volunteers. Thousands of people from all around the world are at work developing and improving WordPress each day.
- The WordPress software is regularly updated to eliminate bugs and improve both its features and security.
- WordPress delivers content online to visitors worldwide. WordPress has been translated and localized into over seventy international languages and dialects.
- The WordPress repository currently makes available thousands of free plugins, themes, and widgets to WordPress users.
- There is almost no limit to what someone can do using WordPress.
WordPress CMS Market Share
In simple terms, a content management system (CMS), is a website tool for non-technical users. It is designed to make it easier for non-technical website owners to add, edit 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. It is currently the widely-used self-hosted content management system (CMS) in the world, used on millions of sites and seen 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 being a distributed company and having so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of the software) currently attracts more unique monthly views than Facebook, Amazon, eBay, Twitter, and Yahoo …
(WordPress.com unique views. Source: http://automattic.com/about)
Consider the following WP usage stats:
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 dominance, no other platform even comes close to WordPress …
(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)
In fact, more and more websites and blogs are being built with WordPress.
WordPress is so popular, that even keeping up with the latest statistics on WordPress is very difficult because the numbers change so often.
For example, at the time this article was written, here is the current number of downloads of the latest WordPress version …
Note: The above figure 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 …
(WP versions currently in use. Source: https://wordpress.org/about/stats)
Even as this post was being written, the number of downloads has already grown. If you were to click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter page, expect to 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 to date …
(Over 100 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 named after famous Jazz musicians)
Interestingly enough, all major WordPress version updates are named in honor of well-known Jazz musicians, eg:
- v.1.5 = Billy Strayhorn (February 17, 2005),
- v.2.3 = Dexter Gordon (September 24, 2007),
- v.3.0 = Thelonious Monk (June 17, 2010),
- v.3.3 = Sonny Stitt (December 12, 2011),
- v.3.8 = Charlie Parker (December 12, 2013),
- etc …
Who Is Using WordPress
In a nutshell, all kinds of companies and people from all walks of life are using WordPress to publish content about everything and anything.
Global brands, businesses, technology companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous artists, educational institutions, government department sites, not-for-profits – even nations are using WordPress sites …
Here are just some of the many sites, institutions and people who have chosen to build their online presence with WordPress:
- Businesses & Companies: Google Ventures, Public Storage Canada, GDF SUEZ, Groupe Vivendi, Vogue, etc …
- Famous People, Politicians, Sports Stars, Artists & Musicians: US Air Force General Chuck Yeager, Ariana Grande, Pixies, Brian Smith, Dallas Mavericks, Steve Blake, LA Lakers, William Shatner, Gabriel Iglesias, Russell Brand, etc …
- Colleges & Educational Institutions: Nicholls State University, Stony Brook University School of Journalism, Bates College, Carleton University, etc.
- Magazines & Online Media: Time Inc., Time.com, FiveThirtyEight, Dusty Cartridge, etc.
- Government Sites, Public Services & Community Organizations: Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Canadian Museum of History, Slow Food Italia, AIDS Project Rhode Island, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, etc.
Earlier, we mentioned that WordPress offers two formats: a hosted platform (WordPress.com) and as a self-hosted, downloadable application (WordPress.org).
- Businesses prefer to download the self-hosted version, which can be installed on their own domains and customized to suit their needs. In fact, most WordPress self-hosted installations are business marketing activities.
- 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 posts per second (around 1.5 million posts per day).
You can see a live map that shows the latest user activity across its hosted service …
WordPress (Hosted Version) – Activity Worldwide
In other posts, we discuss the differences between WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.
Other WordPress Statistics
WordPress users have access to over 37,000 plugins for free …
(WP plugin directory)
We have written a great article about plugins here:
WordPress users can also access over 1,700 WP themes at no cost from the WordPress theme directory …
(WordPress.org free themes repository)
We have published a detailed article about WP themes here:
Translations Of WordPress
WordPress has been translated and localized into over 70 languages in addition to English …
(WordPress.org language translations)
WordPress Searches Online
The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million monthly searches on Google. Adding WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WP themes”, “WP plugins”, “WordPress tutorials”, etc. brings the total number of online searches for WordPress terms to more than thirty-seven million …
(WP searches online)
If you compare searches for WordPress to other CMS platforms, WordPress gets searched online 5 x more than Joomla and nine times more than Drupal.
According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, one quarter of all 33,000 WordPress users who participated in 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 around US$50.
You can find WordPress designers and developers for hire by searching on freelancing sites like Upwork.com …
According to Upwork, the typical WordPress job cost ranges are around $10 – $500 …
As you can see, there is no end in sight for how much further WordPress can continue to dominate the CMS landscape.
In other articles, we will address the following areas of WordPress in detail:
- Why WordPress is the best platform to grow your business online,
- Over fifty reasons why you should choose WordPress for your website or blog, including a detailed breakdown of the benefits, features, and advantages of using the WordPress CMS platform,
- How to automate your business with WordPress,
- How to generate targeted visitors, get more leads, and how to sell more products and services with WordPress.
- Plus, we’ll be publishing many step-by-step tutorials and actual tips and examples of how to use WordPress and expand your business presence online, while also saving thousands of dollars on the costs of web development and website design.
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