It’s clear that WordPress is the most popular CMS out there. Since its launch 11 years ago, the platform has grown into a favorite for creators of blogs, portfolios and functional websites. But even if everyone acknowledges its popularity, not many people realize how popular WordPress really is. Here are 10 surprising statistics about WordPress to help you see clearly its role in making things happen on the web.
1. WordPress.com employs a total of 283 people
It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. WordPress is one of those companies that have millions of users and yet hire not even 300 people. By fall 2014, the number of WP employees reached 283. Consider this figure against Amazon, for instance. It receives a mere 60% of WordPress.com’s traffic, and yet the company employs as many as 132,600 people! That’s exactly 468,5 times more than WordPress.
2. 48% of top 100 blogs on Technocrati are WP blogs
It’s not like WP is the only CMS available on the web, but it manages to power some of the largest blogs in the industry. Almost a half of blogs listed by Technocrati in their last famous list was based on WordPress – and that was already in 2013. (http://royal.pingdom.com/2013/05/07/wordpress-top-100-blogs/)
This single statistic tells a lot about the popularity of WordPress among the giants. Who chose WordPress over other platforms? The cream of online news websites and ecommerce ventures like The New York Times, Mashable, CNN or eBay. All of them decided to run their blogs on WordPress, today easily the most popular CMS in the world.
3. It has been translated into 56 languages
WordPress is being constantly translated into new languages – great news for those who don’t use English as their first language and would feel more comfortable to work with a platform in their mother tongue. Users have a very wide choice – until today, WordPress has been translated into 56 different languages.
It can be French or Croatian, Finnish or Dutch, users can always find an alternative to English when it comes to managing their dashboards. If you happen not to speak any of the 56 languages available now, you just need to wait a little – WordPress team is always busy updating this list of available languages. Check all languages available for WordPress here. (https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/)
4. 22% of new US domains run on WordPress
This is especially interesting to those keeping a close eye on the developments in the American tech industry. Out of every 100 domains registered in the US, 22 of them will run on WordPress. That’s quite impressive, isn’t it? But wait, there’s more. Consider this: on average, there are 120,000 domains registered daily on WordPress all over the world. Looks like there’s a great future ahead of WordPress – both on the American market and beyond.
5. WordPress 4.2 has been downloaded 24 million times
The 4.2 version of WordPress.org – basically a free platform which supports self-hosted websites – has been downloaded 24 million times. This number is very impressive on its own, but you should know that what’s counted as a download in this context is not only the download itself, but also the installation of WordPress with Fantastico or 1-Click. Given that the last few years were a renaissance of blogging, this rate is predicted to grow rapidly – some estimate that WP is downloaded ten of thousand times per day!
6. WP-related keywords boast 37 million searches per month
This is an interesting statistic. Every month the keyword “WordPress” itself receives over 450,000 exact match searches. And we’re talking just about “WordPress”, not “WordPress plugins” or similar searches.
Searches of all keywords featuring WordPress or WP amount to a smashing 37 million. Per month. Go figure that. If this remains constant, WordPress will receive a total of 444 million searches in 2014 and even more in 2015. Note that WordPress receives five times more searches than Joomla and nine times more than Drupal.
7. There are 2 new posts every second on WP blogs
There are so many blogs powered by WP on the web that this figure shouldn’t be that surprising at all. But it still makes an impression – every second, there are 1.58 new posts published on WP blogs.
This essentially means that on average, we witness the appearance of 95 posts in every minute, almost 137,000 every day and a smashing amount of c. 50 million every year. In June 2015 alone, blogs powered by WP generated almost 54 million posts.
If you’d like to see a global map of WordPress bloggers as they’re posting in real-time, have a look here. (https://wordpress.com/activity/)
8. There exist 98 versions of WordPress to date
That’s right – last time we checked, there were 98 different completed versions of WordPress. Even if the team of WordPress is pretty small, they are developing the platform with an unusual energy. WordPress unveils major updates every few weeks and the WordPress.com source code is updated around 60 to 80 times per day. All these changes are synchronized daily with the WordPress.org platform.
9. There are more than 40,000 WordPress plugins
WordPress wouldn’t be so popular without its plugins. Their multitude and variety is something that definitely sets WP apart from other CMS solutions. Plugins allow users to extend the functionalities of WP blogs and websites way beyond the core installation.
WordPress database of plugins is growing every day – recently it hit the 40K mark and it’s estimated that a new plugin is added every hour. Until today, users have downloaded plugins over 1 billion times. It’s more than probable that there’s a plugin out there for every possible website feature.
Some of the most popular WP plugins are WP Super Cache, Akismet, Jetpack by WordPress.com and BuddyPress.
10. Users leave more than 50 million comments per month on WP blogs
This is a mind-boggling figure. During the first half of 2015, users produced on average 59.1 million comments per month. This figure shows that WordPress clearly helps bloggers in boosting engagement and interaction with their audiences.
All comments counted here are legitimate comments which have made it through spam protection. What about spam comments? Akismet suggests that the number of spam generated every month is in fact 24 times higher – that’s about 1418 million pieces of spam.
These 10 pieces of data ought to convince you that the power of WordPress cannot be doubted. Since it’s being constantly expanded with new software and plugins, we can expect that the future of blogging and management on self-hosted websites lies with no other platform than WordPress.
Author’s Bio: Isabel Wiliams works for http://www.bizdb.co.uk/ – a UK businesses database featuring companies house filings. She has a background in web design and is very keen on writing. She is a great advocate of WordPress.