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WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

This article is part of a detailed series of articles aimed at helping business owners and non-technical users grow online using WordPress.

For an overview of the article series, see this post:

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

WordPress Usage Statistics

Below is a summary of what this article will cover:

WordPress CMS Popularity

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 website users to add, modify and manage all 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 widely-used self-hosted CMS application 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 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 visitors than Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo.com, and Twitter …

(WordPress.com monthly uniques. Source: Automattic.com)

Consider the following figures on WordPress usage:

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

(WP CMS usage stats. 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 now using the WordPress CMS platform.

WordPress is so popular, that keeping up with the latest statistics on WordPress is difficult because the numbers change so frequently.

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

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

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

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

As this article was being written, the number of downloads has already shot up. If you click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter page, you should 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.

Speaking of updates, WordPress has released over 100 new update versions in its first 11 years of existence …

(Over one hundred new WordPress versions have been made available in its first 11 years)

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

(WordPress regularly releases new software updates honoring famous Jazz musicians)

here is an interesting fact: all major WordPress version releases have a tradition of being named after famous Jazz musicians, eg:

Who Is Using WordPress?

In a nutshell, all different kinds of enterprises and people from all walks of life use WordPress to blog about every kind of topic imaginable.

Leading corporations, business of all sizes, technology companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous musicians, universities, government sectors, local organizations – even countries are using WordPress blogs …

WP Web Site Showcase

Here are just some of the growing number of sites, institutions and people who use WordPress:

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

WordPress publishes a live map showing the latest user activity across its hosted service …

WordPress.com – Activity Around The World

In other tutorials, we cover the main differences between WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.

Additional Statistics About WordPress

WordPress Plugins

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

(WordPress.org free plugins repository)

For a detailed article about plugins go here:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users can also download and install over 1,700 themes at no cost from the WordPress theme directory …

(WordPress themes directory)

For more information about themes see this post:

WordPress Language Translations

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

(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 around 35 million …

(WordPress searches online)

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

WordPress Services

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, 25% of 33,000 WP users who answered the survey stated that they make a full-time living off WordPress. An earlier survey conducted by WordPress (2012) also found that the average hourly rate of WordPress projects is US$50.

You can find WordPress designers and developers for hire by searching on freelancing sites like Upwork

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

(Source: Upwork.com)

As you can clearly see from the facts and figures above, the growth and popularity of WordPress is predicted to continue for many years to come.

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