10 Amazing Stats About WordPress You Ought To Know
26 June 2016

10 Amazing Stats About WordPress You Ought To Know

10 Amazing Stats About WordPress You Ought To Know
By Joy


With the progress of technology, digital marketing and blogging have really been on the rise. The need of the hour is an efficient content management system that can cater to the rising demands and meet the certain expectations like having an easy-to-operate user interface, proper blog section for easy blogging, non-technical HTML-free editing throughout the website etc. This is where WordPress comes in and answers all our prayers by providing a unique and hands-on user interface, an in-built blog section for easy blogging and providing a HTML-free editing as demanded! More than a quarter of the web now depends on the services and platform of WordPress. This is how swiftly and quickly this service has risen in demands and functions over the last few years.

With a huge number of features and plugins that WordPress boasts of, a lot more can be said about the popularity and versatility of WordPress. But we will allow the figures to do the talking as that sounds more logical! Here are some stats about WordPress that every user should know.

1. WordPress powers 26.4% of the web and holds 59.5% market share

content management systems historical yearly trends

If we follow closely from 2011, there has been a sharp rise in the use of content management systems for websites, both old and new. More and more organizations are now opting for better website management systems. WordPress had a usage of about 13.1% in 2011 with the number increasing to 21% in 2014 and finally 26.4% of the web by June of 2016. Considering the other platforms, some have shown relatively milder changes while some others showed a steep decrease. So, WordPress has really been on the rise since 2011.

More interestingly, WordPress has been holding 59.5% of the market share. This means that 59.5% of all the websites using CMS now opt for WordPress as their top choice for appropriate web content.

2. 30.3% of the top 1,000 sites use WordPress

WordPress powers 25% of all websites

A number of big names use WordPress for content management purposes. Some of these include Time, TechCrunch, Lifehack and many more. Even if we consider the traffic for the websites individually, WordPress is significantly higher that its contemporaries at all levels. This leads us to another stat that the market share for WordPress among the top 1000 sites stands at 30.3%. If we compare this with other successful CMS like Drupal with a market share of 19.7%, WordPress is much ahead of its competitors.

No wonder, why WordPress development companies often suggest you to go for WordPress!

3. How many people are reading blogs?

How many people are reading blog

WordPress released some statistics that are enough to get an idea about the popularity of this platform. For starters, the first question here is how many people are actually reading the blogs on WordPress. If we consider a little more than 22 billion pages on this platform, it gets about a little more than 400 million people viewing the content each month. This shows how WordPress is integrating the bloggers across the globe.

4. How many posts are being published?

How many posts are being published

The other important stat we come across here is the volume of posts being published. It is said that the members and users of WordPress write about 59.3 million posts each month. This is quite the number indicating the popularity and user-acceptance of this portal. Besides, public reactions account for about 48.4 million new comments on a monthly basis.

5. Where in the world is WordPress.com used?

One of the major advantages of WordPress is its global acceptance. It is presently in use in different countries across the world. In order to make it acceptable to different nations, WordPress blogs can be written in 120 different languages. English is the most common language , followed by Spanish blogs at 4.7%. Besides, French, Russian and German hold usages of 1.5%, 1.3%, and 1.2% respectively.

6. Every 74 seconds, a site among 10 million websites starts using WordPress

Another rather interesting piece of trivia from WordPress is that it is one of the fastest growing content management systems in the world. It is said that there is a new site registration on WordPress every 74 seconds. This is quite impressive. When you compare this result with the second fastest growing CMS, Shopify, it registers a new user every 22 minutes. This, once again, demonstrates the dominance of the portal.

7. 37.3% of English language websites use WordPress

WordPress’ compatibility with different languages is one of the major factors contributing to its progress. Over 37% of all English language websites make use of WordPress for their content. For sites in Portuguese and Spanish, the number lies between 38 and 40%. However, this stat goes above 50% for websites in Bengali and Bosnian.

8. There are 45,000+ plugins in WordPress

WordPress plugins

The features offered by a particular content development system give you an idea of the user-friendliness of the portal. WordPress in this case outshines its competitors with a list of 45,317+ plugins. This translates to billions of downloads just at your fingertips. Some of the popular names of WordPress plugins include Jetpack, BuddyPress, Theme Check, Akismet and the likes.

9. There are 170 released versions of WordPress updates till date and 32 released versions of MU updates

In order to sustain a blogging service as huge and popular as WordPress, one would require a powerful software that can handle the traffic and demands. In order to make sure that WordPress users enjoy a seamless experience throughout, about 170 versions of WordPress updates have been released till date. Not only this, 32 versions of WordPress MU (it provides the blogging portal the power to host its blogs) updates are released so far. This provides a solid base in order to ensure the correct functioning of the blogging service.

10. WordPress.com is Powered by Only 456 People

We usually talk about the success of WordPress and its growing popularity. In the recent past, it has really improved its status as a blogging service portal. In this case, need to shed some light on the brain power behind this success. WordPress is mainly powered by a web development corporation by the name of Automattic. Being a company of 456 people, this has major contributions in the blogging service WordPress.com as well as the blogging software WordPress.

Make use of such a vast array of features that WordPress has to offer in order to get the website that you desire. A good idea here would be to hire a WordPress developer who would customize it on your behalf catering to your needs.

The good part about WordPress is that it not only has built a group of users and bloggers but gives efficient performances to maintain the user base. With more advanced features and language compatibility, it is only time before WordPress dominates over a major portion of the web on a global scale, attracting more bloggers and readers.

By Joy

Jyoti Mali is the Head of Digital Marketing at TIS India, a Digital Marketing agency in India focused on SEO, digital analytics, online advertising, CRO, web design & development. She leads strategy for multi-channel digital advertising for in-house accounts & agencies globally. Being a Google Analytics Certified (IQ) Professional & Ecommerce Analytics Qualified Consultant, she loves playing with Analytics & helping clients with actionable insights.

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