34 Ways That You Know You’re a WordPress Addict

WordPress Addiction

The WordPress community is awesome.

It is made up of intelligent and passionate people who are dedicated to improving the world’s great Content Management System. I’m talking about you!

There’s something else about many of us WordPress users  though — we’re a little obsessed. We are more protective of and loyal to WordPress than some other people are of their most prized possessions. I was reminded of this when I recently stumbled across a years-old post by Michael TorbertYou know you’re a WordPress addict if…

I found myself nodding my head in recognition at far too many of them, but more worryingly, I finished the list knowing that there were plenty more. Which is why I have created this post — an homage and extension to Michael’s original. Read the list below to find out if you’re a WordPress addict and add your own in the comments section at the bottom of the post!

You Know You’re a WordPress Addict When…

  1. Your RSS feed has more WordPress blogs in it than any other.
  2. You have Chrome Sniffer installed just to see if websites you visit are running on WordPress.
  3. The last thing you check before you go to bed is your WordPress dashboard (complete with comments and analytics).
  4. The first thing you check in the morning is your WordPress dashboard (complete with comments and analytics).
  5. You’re subscribed to http://make.wordpress.org/.
  6. You stop looking for plugins to solve your problems and start developing them instead.
  7. You can’t code plugins to solve your problems so you pay someone to code them for you.
  8. You refuse to travel to locations without wi-fi.
  9. You find yourself contacting other webmasters just to find out what plugin they’re using for a particular function on their site.
  10. You pre-ordered a WordPress 10th Anniversary t-shirt.
  11. You have to contact us to get custom pricing for your WordPress website management needs.
  12. You’ve written diatribes about the WordPress WYSIWYG editor.
  13. You’ve reacted in horror when someone has told you that they use the WordPress theme editor.
  14. You know who Matt Mullenweg, Mark JaquithVladimir Prelovac and Joost de Valk are.
  15. You cringe when someone spells WordPress with a lowercase “p”.
  16. You have had to get up in the middle of the night to write a blog post that was running through your head.
  17. You feel a rush of irritation when someone refers to a blog post as a “blog”.
  18. You’ve developed a ridiculously basic plugin despite your non-existent coding skills.
  19. You check out our Themes of the Month posts every single month even though you’re not looking for a new theme.
  20. You check out our Links Mashups posts even though you are subscribed to just about every WordPress blog on the planet.
  21. You spend hours choosing between two plugins when the difference between them will barely make a difference to the user experience.
  22. You chastise people for using fake WordPress logos.
  23. You’ve heard of ManageWP, WordPress SEO by Yoast, Akismet, Digg Digg, Edit Flow and VaultPress.
  24. You consider the discovery of What the File one of the highlights of your year.
  25. You love a plugin that’s only been downloaded a handful of times and make it your job to promote it to the world.
  26. The word “jetpack” makes you think of a plugin rather than flight.
  27. You delete a plugin on principle because it creates an unnecessary top level link on your WordPress sidebar.
  28. You spend more time talking about WordPress than you do working with WordPress.
  29. You dream about meeting Matt Mullenweg.
  30. You act like an excitable schoolgirl when a popular plugin developer responds to your email.
  31. You travel to another country just to go to a WordCamp.
  32. You’ve never even considered using another Content Management System.
  33. You can create a child theme in fifteen seconds flat.
  34. You create a new blog just so you can work with a theme you like the look of.

Over to You

Now it’s your turn — what signs of WordPress addiction can you think of? Let us know in the comments section below!

Photo Credit: Tekke

Tom Ewer

Tom Ewer is the founder of WordCandy.co. He has been a huge fan of WordPress since he first laid eyes on it, and has been writing educational and informative content for WordPress users since 2011. When he's not working, you're likely to find him outdoors somewhere – as far away from a screen as possible!


  1. Thomas

    Im still not this kind of addict… but i hope i will be soon hahhaha ! Thanks for the tips !

  2. RQDriftnet

    You endlessly search for free plugins (even if they’re rough around the edges) over the commercial ones …just to show your support for the enthuses who does it for love rather than profit …and if you’re not doing that as a matter of principal …..the other 34 don’t count at all!

    1. Tom


  3. Mark de Scande

    Ok Then I am the biggest WordPress Freak and i love it 🙂

    Mark de Scande
    WordPress Speed Optimization Wiz.
    I don’t just Optimize, I Re-Energize

    1. Tom Ewer


      Well done for admitting it Mark 😉

  4. Katrina Moody

    LOL – I stopped counting at 20 😀

    1. Tom Ewer


      Good job Katrina!

  5. Bob Dunn

    Hi, I’m Bob, and I’m a WordPress addict 🙂

    Cheers, great list!

    1. Steve & Sally Wharton

      Hiiiiiii Bob 🙂

    2. Tom Ewer


      Thanks for being so honest Bob 😉 glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Rama

    Awesome listings, particularly #15 proves true addiction and obsession about WordPress, Funny at the same time. Plugins also plays an important role in addiction to WordPress

  7. Jose

    Great list! Funny and also resourceful.

    I have to admit…love your themes and plugins of the month, even if I’m completely satisfied with my site. Wait did I say satisfied? We never are.

  8. Shannon Hutcheson

    lol! Busted at #14

    Great list! Too funny 😀

  9. frank

    You got me at Chrome sniffer 🙂

  10. Rene Remington

    New at WP but have a couple of them down so far.

  11. Reginald


    Okay I can’t fill up all the 34 ways but I certainly know a few. Maybe 10 out of 34?

    Considered an addictex? Pretty much (I guess) since I am a very…very interested with plugins! Haha!


  12. David Abramson

    #35: You organize the walls in your house into widget areas where you can put art, posters, shelving, etc. Cuz widget areas are awesome.

  13. Mohsin

    Some WordPress developer signs of addiction:

    1. You’ve gone through dozens of functions in WordPress core just to see if any filter is being applied to their output.
    2. You feel the main reason you earn money is because you understand and code using hooks.
    3. You are logged into your remote test server 24/7 via FTP.
    4. Whether to refresh the page to see the changes or to rush to the toilet because you can barely hold any longer makes for an interesting dilemma.
    5. You don’t ask for support when a plugin is not working as it should. You correct the problem and then let the developer know about the problem and the suggested solution.
    5. You use AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild and BackupBuddy plugins almost as much as WordPress SEO by Yoast.

  14. Kenth Hagström

    Ok, I admit it, I’m an addict! haha

  15. UncleGuy

    I don’t think I”m addicted, just using it for blogs. So if I’m in denial, that means I’m really just addicted but not confessing to that?

  16. Vladimir Prelovac

    Ok 26/34 not bad 🙂

  17. Taneya

    OMG! This is an awesome list! I had to stay up just a little later to respond to it and rate how I stacked up 🙂 I even added a new one to the list. Post is at http://www.taneya-kalonji.com/am-i-a-wordpress-addict. Thanks for making my night. 🙂

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