There is no disputing the fact that WordPress is the most prominent Content management theme (CMS) in the market. WP the brainchild of Matt and mike and has risen to stardom in a span of 11 years from when it was released. You might be thinking that you already know the popularity of WP. But below here we present you with a list of usage statistics which many give you a pause for thought.


48 percent of Technorati’s top 100 blogs are managed with WP:

When you consider the fact that there are a plenty of Content Management System available, this statistic speaks about the popularity of WP. You will surely be in good company, if you want to to go with WP. eBay, Mashable, CNN, New York Times all of them run their blogs on WP.


74.6 million sites depend on WP:

Yes you read it right. There are 74,652,825 websites depend on WP. That is one website per person in Turkey. Around half of this figure is hosted on free WP.com. As far as self hosted sites are concerned, WP accounts for nearly 18.9 percent of all sites.


WP related keywords score around thirty seven million searches per month:

The keyword WordPress alone receives 4 and a half lakh searches every month. That is just WordPress and not WordPress plugins or WordPress help, etc. When you count the number of searches of all keywords, with WP or WordPress in them, the monthly figure is 37 million searches. Supposing this figure is constant, WP gets 444 million searches in the year 2014. WP is searched 5 times as much as Joomla and 9 times often than Drupal.


Forty translations of WP:

The actual number is not half as mind boggling as the others you have read, this is no less significant. If English is not your 1st language and you might rather have Finnish, French, Estonian, Dutch or Croatian, governing your dashboard then you are in luck. If you do not speak any of the 40 languages that are listed then hold your breath. The WP team is updating their list with new translations.


22 percent of new US registered run on WP:

Out of 100 domains registered in the US, 22 of them run on WP. On an average around 1,20,000 domains are registered per day (worldwide), it can be said that WP is growing by leaps and bounds.


WordPress.com gets more unique visitors than Amazon (US):

WP.com records an astounding 126 Million unique visitors per month. While  Amazon falls ways behind clocking in at 96 Million unique visitors per month.


WordPress.com employs only 229 people:

Yes, you read it right. As a matter of fact, Amazon.com hires 88,400 people to run their business that is 38,603 percent more than WP.com. This is perhaps why they are always looking for the new developers to join their team.


Six new WordPress.com posts every second:

Yes, every second around 6 new posts are published in the WP.com blogs. That means 342 posts every minute, 2000 per day and 7.49 million per annum. Not only is WP.com the most popular self hosted CMS solution, the free version is the 2nd in popularity on the free blogging platform’s list with the Google’s Blogger, topping it.


WP developers charge $50 per hour:

As per a survey conducted in 2012, it is revealed that the average rate for a WP project clocks in at $50 per hour. Desk ( that is one of the most popular outsourcing sites in the world), lists WP development as the 5th most requested skill. Freelancer.com has recorded over $3.5 million in revenue for WP developers.

This WP development is definitely a valuable skill to learn and the need for it, will not go anywhere in the near future.

Thousands of WordPress themes on WordPress.org and Themeforest.net and many more theme are still out there in the market

Yes, you read it right. There are more than 17k free themes on WordPress.org and 11k premium themes on ThemeForest. That’s why, WordPress now powers over 30% of the websites. With the increase of WordPress’s popularity and it’s market expanding day by day, numerous sites like Codethemes.co, Yudleethemes.com, and Raratheme.com are also developing free and premium themes from several years. So, the only thing we can assume here is, there are myriad themes in the web world.

20k WordPress Plugins and growing each day:

Undoubtedly the number one feature which sets WP apart from the other CMS is their plugins. The plugins capitalize and extend on the WP functionality. By removing access to them might cripple WP users. On the contrary, the WP.org database of plugins has hit 29000 and a new one is added every hour. And these plugins are downloaded 286,000,000 times.


98 versions of WP to date:

There are only 229 employees, but they are kept on their toes. Once every few weeks, major updates are rolled out. Plus, the source code of WP.com is updated around 80 times per day and it is pushed out many times a day. And these changes are synced with the WP.org platform everyday.


Forty six million downloads of WP.org:

The free WP.org platform which supports sites that are self hosted has been downloaded forty six million times till July 2013. This means that there are 100 downloads each day since 2003. Blogging has become popular only on the recent times so in 2014 the downloads per day is much higher than in 2003.


WP is the most popular with business websites:

Among the top ten lakh sites in the world, the number of business site powered by WP is 5 times the number of news sites powered by WP. This is not at all astonishing because the online marketing circles discuss WP more than any other CMS. And WP ranks high as the most blogged topics in the online marketing industry.


Akismet is the most popular plugin:

This is because this plugin comes auto installed with latest and newer versions of WP. This plugin has been downloaded 18 million times so far (a mind blowing figure). The spam protection plugin has been downloaded 0.06 percent of all the plugin downloads at WP.org.


Author: Shankar

I am Shankar working for White Ranking Technologies, a startup Digital Marketing company. I have a total of 6.8 years of experience in software out of which I have three years of experience in Content writing. I have worked in development projects in using C and Linux and also in configuration (using clear case). I also have worked in testing. I always want to learn new technologies and update myself.

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