A few years back we talked about WordPress being by far the most prominent CMS out there, and we gathered 14 surprising statistics about WordPress usage, now we are back with some even more surprising stats about WordPress.
WordPress keeps amazing us with it’s possibilities and popularity, from the amount of people that use WordPress from day to day, to the time WordPress developers invest in developing code and keeping WordPress secure.
WordPress Now Powers 26% of the Web
The most recent stats are showing that since March 2016, WordPress is actually powering 26.4% of the Web, and it’s on the rise. It is still by far the most used CMS, with 59.4% market share. Also interestingly on a daily basis there are over 500 sites being created on WordPress.
WordPress.com Posts and Comments Are in the Millions
Here’s an incredible fact: together, you published more than 660 million posts on WordPress.com in 2015, and made more than 655 million comments.
I did a simple calculation that is on average 1,808,219 posts per day! A lot of people have a lot to say. If we say that the shortest recommended post is 300 words, and so we take the average number of daily posts and times that by the shortest recommended word count that is 542,465,753 words per day!
44,225 WordPress Plugins with 1,253,649,315 Total Downloads
With over 44 thousand different plugins, it’s never been easier to find the plugin you are looking for. With this many you can fully customize and change your WordPress site – anything is possible.
56 Translations of WordPress
Before we told you there were 40 translations of WordPress, well that’s old news. Now, with the ever growing WordPress community and the WordPress Global Translation Day, we have managed to make WordPress available in 56 languages. This is just scratching the surface, so if you are multilingual and a WordPress fan, get involved and keep these translations up to date.
The Most Scandalous WordPress Security Breach
Being an open source, WordPress is not perfect, understandably. There is always someone waiting to jump at an opportunity to exploit WordPress code, and interestingly the security breach happened due to not running the latest version of the Slider Revolution plugin. I am talking about the Panama Papers Leak, the largest journalist data breach in history with over 4.8 million emails exploited.
We love WordPress, but keep it updated!
Famous WordPress Sites
If you are a WordPress user, you are in good company. Various famous sites are powered by WordPress, here is just a few.
WordPress.com Powered by Only 449 People
Looking at the grande presence of WordPress, you would expect it to be run by a large number of people, yet WordPress.com is developed, looked after and maintained by only 449 employees. 449 people for 113 Million monthly unique views is really something. Compare that to Google, who although get a higher number of unique views (244 million), have over 61 thousand employees.
Hat’s off to WordPress.com!
WordCamps and WordPress Community
WordPress.com is powered by a few, but loved by many, for this reason there is a large WordPress community that contributes to making WordPress what it is today. WordPress community is present all around the world, WordPress professionals, designers, bloggers, enthusiasts meeting to talk about WordPress. If you ever needed a place to meet like-minded, inspiring individuals, you just found yourself one. In 2015 there have been 89 WordCamps, with over 21,000 tickets sold and 1,677 unique speakers.
WordCamps happen often and everywhere, check out the schedule on their site… Here is just a snapshot of the few coming up!
WordPress Search in Google Gets You 603,000,000 Results
Type in WordPress into Google and see what happens. You will get a whooping 603,000,000 results in less than one second. Dig a little deeper and type in the keyword WordPress into Google Keyword Planner, and you will see worldwide there are 10,000 average monthly searches.
Custom WordPress Websites Can Cost Between $1,000 and $15,000
Now that WordPress has developed and there are more and more experts in the business of WordPress, custom websites can burn a medium to large-sized hole in your pocket. If you are looking for a high quality website for yourself or your business, don’t look to pay less than $3,000. Good freelancers will charge anywhere between $3,000 and $15,000. Thinking of investing in a custom WordPress website, have a look at some ballpark figures, before hiring a freelancer.
WordPress World Domination
… it will happen sooner than you think. WordPress is not only the most popular, easy to use, modern and fully customizable CMS out there, but it is also reliable, for the most part secure and supported by communities around the world. Matt Mullenweg’s brainchild is all grown up.
WordPress just reported over 33% of all sites on internet are now powered by WordPress.
Wonderful website you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew
of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed here?
I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get comments from other
experienced people that share the same interest.
If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
On the page “https://managewp.com/statistics-about-wordpress-usage”, The second paragraph starts with “WordPress keeps amazing us with it’s possibilities and popularity, from the amount of people”… The correct grammar is “number of people”. The writer was probably thinking “tons of people”. “Tons” and “Amount” both refer to the weight of the people. “Number” refers to “how many” people as opposed to “what is the weight of the people”. I think “tons” is slang and is more accepted than “amount”.
Thanks for that correction Bill.
Quick ?. You mentioned 660 million posts (blogs I assume) in 2015, could you cite your source please and if you have 2016 numbers I’d appreciate a link to source that as well. Thanks in advance and for the article. Kind Regards, John
It’s from the official WordPress.com Year in Review article:
How did you manage to research these numbers?
It’s quite easy to do yourself. In fact this was mentioned in the above “Type in WordPress into Google and see what happens. You will get a whooping 603,000,000 results in less than one second.”
Wow, I just knew WordPress is big but these numbers just blew me away. Thanks for the post.
Considering that there are millions of WordPress sites, stats of their age and number of visitors would have been interesting. Try to include in your next post, if you are planning on one. 🙂
I was hoping to find some data about the demographics, specifically the average age of new WordPress users.
Do you think such data can be found anywhere?
That’s a great questions. I honestly don’t know, when doing the research for this post I didn’t come across it. That’s not to say we can’t find it. Try asking on the WordPress forum, someone will either know it or they can point you in the right direction 🙂 If in the meantime I find it, I will let you know.
Here’s another surprising statistic!
This article mentions the keyword WordPress about 50 times. That’s a whopping 13% keyword density, more than every tenth word is WordPress.
Wow, that many WordPress related searches on Google! It means more and more people are realizing the good that comes with blogging – like sharing one’s story and experiences. This is one reason, among many, why they start blogs.
Best of Arrogance
I have to disagree with you on how easy it is to find a plugin. The lack of organization within the search function of WordPress Plugin repository and the number of outdated plugins not cleared out makes it a horrible experience trying to find a plugin to do any specific job.
There is no way to easily filter plugins for current versions of WordPress and those plugins that haven’t been updated in years shouldn’t be in the repository at all. Slogging through the vast amount of plugins can be a days long job. Many people don’t have the time or the endurance to exhaust the list of plugins that show up in most searches.
It is not that easy even for the experienced WordPress user, unless one has a good understanding of what all plugins can do. And that’s impossible.
Hi, thanks for your comment. You are right the technicality behind finding what you need is not the easiest job at all, my remark was more to say there are more options now than ever before. What I find works for me when looking for plugins to install is knowing good plugin developers, I tend to follow who makes good ones, rather than searching by function. It helps to not get overwhelmed by the choice.
The repo system marks outdated plugins and themes as EOL and removes them from the search results, so it’s not all bad.
The bad thing is that the EOL criteria is that it hasn’t been updated for 2 years, and personally I think it should be reduced to 1 year.