Many know WordPress as a free open source blogging software. But did you know that WordPress is also really popular as a dynamic content management system (CMS) that is based on PHP and MySQL?
WordPress has always been my (and many others too, judging from the amount of WordPress websites around) number one CMS choice. There are plenty of reasons why you would too.
What makes WordPress popular?
As of 2012, WordPress is used by 48% of Technorati’s Top 100 blogs. Out of this, 81% is self-hosted WordPress sites and the balance of 19% is hosted with WordPress.com. So why is WordPress so popular?
For one, you don’t have to be a geek in order to manage your WordPress website. Everything is simple, from 1-click installs to the widely available themes and plugins to straight-forward software management. On top of these, the other favorite reason is because it’s free to download and use! You can also choose to self-host and install fancy themes at pretty reasonable prices too. Other reasons include better security and great support from the community. So you see, WordPress is a great software indeed!
Interesting WordPress Facts – Infographic
So I thought it would be fun to compile some interesting WordPress facts. The result is the WordPress infographic below. Take a look and I’m pretty sure you will find some facts fascinating too.
How popular is WordPress?
Well, for starters, there are over 72 million WordPress sites in the world. This makes WordPress not only the most popular but also the most widely used CMS in existence. Half of them are being hosted on WordPress.com. Since the number of existing websites is estimated to be over 633 million, this means WordPress makes up of approximately 10% of total websites in the world!
Referring to the infographic, back in 2011, 14.7% of the top 1,000,000 websites in the whole world were powered by WordPress. Some examples of popular WordPress sites include the NFL, the New York Times, Ford, CNN, Harvard Law School, NASA, BBC Top Gear, National Geographic, Adobe Blogs and many more. Is your website among them?
Meanwhile, WordPress.com has recorded that they received over 389 million people viewing more than 3.6 billion pages each month. This is only for WordPress.com hosted sites without taking into account the self-hosted blogs yet!
One thing I love about WordPress is that they are constantly updating their software to fix bugs or to patch security issues, and of course to add new features. To date, there have been 98 versions of WordPress releases. The latest version is WordPress 3.5.1, which is the first maintenance release for version 3.5. As at time of writing, WordPress 3.5 has been downloaded more than 13 million times!
I’m sure you would agree with me that open source software is a great invention and contributes hugely to boost the Internet’s advancement.
Most popular WordPress plugins
The variety and easily available plugins is a pulling factor for webmasters to use WordPress. There is currently over 23,000 plugins available on WordPress.org Plugin Directory. There have been more than 426 million downloads thus far… and counting!
Which are the most popular plugins?
Makes it much easier for you to optimize your website for the search engines. Downloaded 13,728,195 times.
Generates a structural XML sitemap of your website in order to enable search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo! and Ask.com to efficiently crawl to your website. Downloaded 9,867,644 times.
Manages multiple contact forms and allows you to customize the form and mail contents. Very easy to use yet powerful WordPress contact form plugin. Downloaded 10,107,086 times.
WordPress Global Usage
According to Google Trends, WordPress recorded the most popular search compared to other publishing platforms like Blogger, Drupal and Joomla! It is also the fastest growing web publishing platform in the world.
18th most popular website in UK
WordPress.com is ranked 18th most popular website in United Kingdom. While in the United States, 22% of all new domains created are running on WordPress. These statistics are available in the inforgraphic above.
Translated into hundreds of languages
In fact, the WordPress community has translated WordPress into hundreds of languages. While English still dominates the majority of WordPress languages, you will be surprised to know which other languages are getting popular too.
Hosting blogs in over 120 languages
WordPress.com is hosting blogs with over 120 languages with the majority of them English (66%), Spanish (8.7%), Portuguese (6.5%) and Indonesian (3.5%).
8th most popular site in Indonesia
WordPress is increasingly being used in countries in Asia particularly South East Asia. In Indonesia, WordPress is the 8th most popular site. This goes to show just how popular this software is in Indonesia with so many people accessing WordPress to use its services!
How much can WordPress take?
Quite a fair bit actually. Take a look at the following numbers:
- WordPres.com itself is using WordPress’ Multisite version. It is estimated that over 32 million sites are active on just one installation of it!
- In just the first week of March 2012, there were more than 826,000 YouTube videos that were embedded in WordPress websites.
- In an average week, WordPRess website owners switch themes over 225,000 times. And there are more than 100 different themes for them to choose from.
In addition to the above, there are tons of social networking and multimedia publishing platforms which are being integrated with WordPress. This makes it so much easier to use these services on your WordPress powered website. These partnering sites include popular names such as Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, Photobucket, Polldaddy, SoundCloud, Gigya, Google Maps, SlideShare, Daily Motion and many others.
Comparing WordPress to other CMS
If you are wondering just how many more websites are powered by WordPress compared to other CMS, well, unsurprisingly, it dominates the market share:
- WordPress: 53.8%
- Joomla: 9.2%
- Drupal: 6.7%
- Others: 30.3%
We have a lot to thank Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress. The above facts and figures have shown us that the Internet world has gone through such development partly because of the open source software named WordPress. It is no longer just a blogging platform anymore but a powerful communication and management tool. Hope you like the WordPress infographic which we have presented above.