At present, WordPress is much more popular than other open source content management systems including Drupal, Joomla, Magento and Blogger. In addition to being easy to learn and use, WordPress further enables developers to build websites and web applications rapidly by using prebuilt themes, templates, add-ons, and extensions. At the same time, the content management system makes it easier for enterprises to update and maintain their websites without deploying experienced web developers. The effectiveness of WordPress can also be assessed based on the figures and statistics posted on various websites.
Interesting Figures and Statistics about WordPress Usage
Usage Statistics and Market Share
The usage statistics posted on various websites indicate that WordPress currently dominates the worldwide content management system market. According to the latest usage statistics posted on W3Techs.com, 26.1% of all websites currently use WordPress. Likewise, the open source content management system has a worldwide market share of 59.2%.
Usage Statics of Different Versions
At present, developers have the option to choose from four distinct versions of WordPress. But the market share of each version of the content management system differs. According to the usage statistics posted on W3Techs.com, 85.3%of websites use WordPress 4.x, while WordPress 3.x is currently being used by 13.8% of websites. At the same time, less than 1% of all websites use versions 1.x and 2.x of WordPress. The statistics indicate that a large percentage of websites upgrade to the latest version of WordPress without any delay.
Number of Total Posts, Blogs, and Comments
While celebrating 10 years of WordPress.com, Automattic revealed a number of data. According to a blog posted on WordPress.com on the occasion, the content management system has been used by users across the world to publish 2.5 billion posts and 3 billion comments. However, the number of posts and comments was revealed by Automattic in June 2015. So the figures must have increased significantly within the time gap.
According to the latest statistics posted on WordPress.com, people across the world are posting about 54.2 million new posts and 52.3 million new comments every month. Likewise, over 409 million people view more than 21.2 billion pages on various WordPress websites each month. The monthly data indicates that the number of new posts and blogs has been increasing consistently. Also, WordPress is currently being used by several large websites including CNN, TechCrunch, TED and National Football Team.
Number of Users
In November 2015, many websites reported that one in four websites was being powered by WordPress. Some websites even reported that WordPress was powering 25% of the web. According to VentureBeat.com, ‘We should be comfortably past 25% by the end of the year,” Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg declared. “The big opportunity is still the 57% of websites that don’t use any identifiable CMS yet, and that’s where I think there is still a ton of growth for us (and I’m also rooting for all the other open source CMSes).”‘ According to certain websites, WordPress is currently being used by more than 72 million websites. Also, the number of w the website using WordPress keeps increasing on a daily basis.
Number of Themes and Plug-ins
It make easier for wordpress programmers to add functionality to a website using plug-ins. According to the official website, the developers now have option to choose from 43,637 plug-ins with 1,210,651,318 total downloads. Likewise, the web programmers also have option to choose from over 27,000 free WordPress themes. They also have option to avail several commercial WordPress themes and plug-ins to customize the website according to specific business requirements.
However, no developer or enterprise should pick WordPress just based on its impressive usage statistics. As each user has option to choose from a number of open source content management systems, he must assess the pros and cons of WordPress according to specific needs of each project. He can still use WordPress for developing, deploying and managing a variety of websites without putting extra time and effort.