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WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

This article is part of an article series aimed at helping you succeed online with WordPress.

For more information about of the article series, see this post:

In this blog post, you will learn a number of impressive WordPress facts and figures that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world choose WordPress to power their business websites and what kind of businesses use WordPress today.

WordPress: Some Facts And Figures

In short:

WordPress Usage

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

WordPress started in 2003. It was originally a simple program developed by co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. WordPress is now the most popular self-hosted CMS-based publishing platform 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 the WordPress software) currently attracts more unique visitors than Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and eBay …

(WordPress [hosted] monthly uniques. Source: Automattic.com)

Consider the following figures on WordPress:

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

(WP 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 now being built on WordPress.

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

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

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

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

(WordPress 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 were to click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter site, you should expect to see a much higher figure … 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 100 new software updates since 2003 …

(Over 100 new WordPress versions have been made available since 2003)

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

(WordPress regularly releases new versions honoring famous Jazz musicians)

Curiously enough, all major WordPress version releases are typically named in honor of Jazz music artists, eg:

Who Uses WordPress?

A better question is who doesn’t use WordPress? All types of companies and people from all walks of life are using WordPress to publish content about everything under the sun.

Large corporations, business of all sizes, retail companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous artists, educational institutions, government sectors, local organizations – even nations are using WordPress blogs …

WordPress Showcase

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

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

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 posts, we will address the 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 free plugins …

(WP plugin repository)

For more information about plugins see this post:

WordPress Themes

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

(WordPress.org free themes repository)

We have published a comprehensive article about themes here:

WordPress Language Translations

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

(WP language translations)

WordPress Searches

The search term “WordPress” alone receives around 2.7 million monthly searches on Google. Adding WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WP themes”, “WordPress plugins”, ”WordPress tutorials”, etc. brings the total number of searches online for WordPress terms to around 37 million …

(WP searches online)

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

WordPress Rates

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, 25% of all WordPress users who answered 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 US$50.

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

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

(Source: Upwork)

As you can see from the above facts and figures, the dominance of WordPress is expected to continue for a long time to come.

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