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WordPress – Useful Facts And Statistics

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In this article, you will learn a number of facts and figures about WordPress that will help you understand why millions of businesses around the world rely on WordPress and what kind of people and businesses use WordPress today.

Some Surprising Statistics About WordPress Usage

A brief summary:

WordPress 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 easy for non-technical website owners to add, modify and manage all content on their website.

WordPress started in 2003. It was originally written by 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 are home-based. Despite being a distributed company with so few employees, WordPress.com (the hosted version of WordPress) currently attracts more unique visitors than Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Yahoo.com, and eBay …

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

Here are just some of the latest WP CMS usage statistics:

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 dominance, no other platform even comes close to WordPress …

(WordPress Market Share. Source: w3techs.com)

In fact, more and more websites are being powered by WordPress.

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

For example, at the time this post was published, this 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 recently released version of WordPress. Around one third of all current users have not yet upgraded their installations to the latest release …

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

As this article was being written, the number of downloads is already increasing. If you were to click on the link above and visit the WordPress download counter page, you will see a significantly higher number of downloads … perhaps even an updated version, as the WordPress development community 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 one hundred new updates since 2003 …

(Over 100 new WordPress versions have been made available in its first 11 years)

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

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

Curiously enough, all major WordPress 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 use WordPress to publish content about every kind of topic imaginable.

Well-known corporations, business of all sizes, retail companies, celebrities, sports stars, famous actors, universities, government sectors, community organizations – even nations are using WordPress …

WordPress Showcase

Here are just some of the growing number of businesses, organizations and people who have built their online presence with WordPress:

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

You can see a live map showing the latest user activity across its hosted service …

WordPress.com – Activity

In other posts, we examine the differences between WordPress.com (hosted) vs WordPress.org (self-hosted) versions.

Other Statistics About WordPress

WordPress Plugins

WordPress users can download and install over almost 40,000 free plugins …

(WordPress plugin directory)

For a detailed article about WordPress plugins see this post:

WordPress Themes

WordPress users also have access to over 1,700 themes at no cost …

(WP themes repository)

We have written a great article about themes here:

Using WordPress In Other Languages

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. Including WordPress-related terms (e.g. “WP themes”, “WordPress plugins”, ”learn WordPress”, etc. brings the total number of online searches for WordPress terms to around 30 million …

(WordPress searches online)

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

WordPress Services

According to WordPress’ own “State of the Word” 2014 survey, 25% of users who responded to the survey said 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 developers and designers for hire by searching on freelancing sites like Upwork

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

(Source: Upwork)

As you can clearly see, there is no end in sight for how much further WordPress can continue to dominate the CMS landscape.

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