WordPress was designed to be a basic blogging tool.
But that was at the very beginning only…
Fast forward to today, it now powers 35.4% of the world’s websites.
That said, we have listed down 20 WordPress statistics to help you understand the dominance of WordPress in the CMS market:
- 1. WordPress is #1 Most Popular CMS in the World
- 2. WordPress is 13x more popular than Joomla and 20x More than Drupal
- 3. 800+ websites are being built on WordPress every day (W3Techs)
- 4. WordPress powers more than 30% of the Top 10K popular websites (BuiltWith)
- 5. At least 27 Million live websites are using WordPress (BuiltWith)
- 6. WordPress gets 487 Billion spam messages every month (Akismet)
- 7. WordPress can handle at least 80% of Google crawling issues (Matt Cutts)
- 8. Avada is the #1 most popular premium WordPress theme (ThemeForest)
- 9. WooCommerce is the #1 most popular WordPress plugin (W3Techs)
- 10. WordPress.com gets over 400 million per month (SimilarWeb)
- 11. It could take more than 300 years to build WordPress (Open Hub)
- 12. WordPress’ growth rate is about 28.94% (Kinsta)
- 13. There are more than 5,000 Free WordPress themes available (ThemeGrill)
- 14. There are over 55,000 free plugins for WordPress (WordPress)
- 15. More than 409 million people view over 20 billion WordPress pages per month (WordPress)
- 16. WordPress only granted 33% of DMCA takedown notices January 2014 to June 2019 (Automattic)
- 17. WordPress pushes for 100% GDPR Compliance (WordPress)
- 18. Major WordPress updates are released every 150 days on the average (CodeinWP)
- 19. Automattic is currently valued at $3 billion (VentureBeat)
- 20. WordPress is expected to increase its market share to 36.8% by July 2020 (Joost de Valk)
1. WordPress is #1 Most Popular CMS in the World
Sure, capturing more than 30% of the global market share is not much of a big feat. But keep in mind that not every website runs on a Content Management System (CMS).
If we are just going to take into account websites that only run on CMS, it means that WordPress is used by 62.3% of websites.
2. WordPress is 13x more popular than Joomla and 20x More than Drupal
In relation to this, WordPress is not showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, it is 13.5 times more popular than Joomla and 20 times more than Drupal.
In relation to this, Drupal is used by 1.7% of all the websites globally (3.0% CMS market share), while Joomla powers 2.6% of websites worldwide (4.6% CMS market share).
This only goes to show that it may take a while for WordPress to be dethroned as the most preferred content management system.
3. 800+ websites are being built on WordPress every day (W3Techs)
Another proof of WordPress’s popularity is the number of WordPress-powered websites that are launched on a daily basis.
Every day, 805 websites that are powered by WordPress are being added in the top 10 million. That is more than half of WooCommerce and Shopify, which only constitutes 396 and 250 new websites daily respectively.
4. WordPress powers more than 30% of the Top 10K popular websites (BuiltWith)
According to BuiltWith’s market share data, WordPress holds a 33.76% market share on 10,000 websites that generated the most traffic. And mind you, these are not just any small-scale business websites.
Online publications and news websites like The New Yorker, BBC America, Bloomberg Professional use WordPress. The same thing goes to popular culture brands like Star Wars’ official blog; official websites of celebrities like Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Snoop Dog; as well as the Facebook Newsroom.
5. At least 27 Million live websites are using WordPress (BuiltWith)
In relation to the previous stats and the fact that more than 800 WordPress websites are being launched daily, BuiltWith estimates that there are now 27,021,750 live websites using WordPress to date. And more than 8 million of those are in the United States.
On the other hand, Joomla only powers more than 1 million live websites to date, while Drupal backs over 500,000 live websites.
6. WordPress gets 487 Billion spam messages every month (Akismet)
Because of its popularity, it is not surprising to know that WordPress gets 487 spam messages every month.
In fact, the number of spam comments in a month is more than 6,000 times higher than a legit comment.
And according to the Akismet blog, manually blocking off 400 billion spams tantamount to missing your company’s Halloween party for the next 63,419 years.
Luckily, they are pretty good at doing their job of fending off spam comments.
7. WordPress can handle at least 80% of Google crawling issues (Matt Cutts)
If you would like to build an SEO-friendly website, then WordPress is your friend.
According to the US Digital Service administrator, Matt Cutts, WordPress can handle at least 80% of Google crawling issues. Simply put, the CMS can automatically solve tons of search engine optimization issues.
That’s why when you are running a WordPress website, you do not need to modify it that much just to make it crawlable. As a result, you are half-way through your search engine ranking battle against your competitors.
As of this writing, the most popular and best-selling WordPress theme on ThemeForest is Avada.
According to the premium WordPress theme marketplace, the popular theme costs $60. Despite that, it has generated over 500,000 sales and a stellar five-star review.
That’s because Avada allows you to intuitively build your web content, features a one-click importing tool, can be integrated into WooCommerce, mobile responsive, comes with a GDPR Toolkit, documentations and video tutorials, and more.
9. WooCommerce is the #1 most popular WordPress plugin (W3Techs)
What makes WordPress a popular choice among website owners is that you can customize your website’s functionality with the help of free plugins. Speaking of which, 16.2% of WordPress websites have a WooCommerce plugin.
With the help of this flexible plugin, you can turn your website into an online store. Other than that, it has a customizable design and can be integrated into 140 payment gateways like Stripe, PayPal, Apple Pay, and more.
10. WordPress.com gets over 400 million per month (SimilarWeb)
Is a WordPress-powered website can handle an enormous amount of traffic per month? Yes, it can!
As of December 2019, SimilarWeb shows that WordPress.com has over 417 million site visits.
And 20.42% of that traffic is from the United States.
This is something you need to look at when you are trying to compare web hosts for your WordPress website. If your CMS can handle millions of traffic every month, so should your web hosting plan.
11. It could take more than 300 years to build WordPress (Open Hub)
Sure, computers have not existed that long, but that did not stop Open Hub from making their calculations.
At the moment, their Project Cost Calculator estimates that it will take 382 person-years to build WordPress, taking into account 1.3 million lines of code. Also, a project this big could cost more than $21 million (using the Basic COCOMO Model) and would mean that an employee is paid an average of $55,000 annually.
12. WordPress’ growth rate is about 28.94% (Kinsta)
Based on the data collated from Google Trends (from 2014 to present), it appears that there is a continuous increase in interest over WordPress compared to Blogger, Drupal, and SharePoint. There’s even a surge in WordPress’s popularity in July 2014!
In addition, from 2017 to December 2019, WordPress was able to increase its market share by 7.9% which is about 28.94% of growth rate.
So, if you own a technology-related website and would like to generate a lot of traffic, make sure to write about WordPress.
13. There are more than 5,000 Free WordPress themes available (ThemeGrill)
What makes WordPress a budget-friendly CMS is the fact that you can customize how you want your website to look like using thousands of their free, GPL-licensed themes.
You can head on to the official WordPress theme directory and find a template that would work well for your website needs. And since the themes are under the GNU General Public License, it is safe to say that you are free to use, share, and modify your website’s theme.
14. There are over 55,000 free plugins for WordPress (WordPress)
Plugins are designed to help extend your site’s visitors’ WordPress experience. Out of the 55,000 plugins in the directory, some of the most popular are:
- Akismet that blocks spam out of your contact form and comment sections
- Contact Form 7 that enables you to create an intuitive online contact form
- Yoast SEO that allows you to optimize the important parts of your web content
15. More than 409 million people view over 20 billion WordPress pages per month (WordPress)
With its users producing about 70 million new posts every month, it is not surprising to know that more than 20 billion web content that use WordPress as their backend is visited and viewed by over 409 million people globally every month.
16. WordPress only granted 33% of DMCA takedown notices January 2014 to June 2019 (Automattic)
Other than the freedom to use, share, and modify their software, WordPress also promoted freedom of speech. Even if that would mean denying copyright claims that can stifle a website’s owner’s creativity or freedom of speech.
But that does not mean that they do not respect other people’s intellectual property.
From January 2014 to June 2019, WordPress received a total of 70,968 DMCA takedown notices and 2,606 Trademark notices. Respectively, 33% and 12% of those were granted.
17. WordPress pushes for 100% GDPR Compliance (WordPress)
Back in December 2017, web developers Dejlig Lama and Peter Suhm worked on a project called GDPR for WordPress.
Designed to let plugin developers GDPR validate their plugins, the project is now part of the WordPress core.
In relation to this, WordPress built a GDPR compliance roadmap which is meant for adding privacy tools that can help site owners to be GDPR compliant.
18. Major WordPress updates are released every 150 days on the average (CodeinWP)
According to an infographic from CodeinWP, WordPress releases a major version of its platform every 150 days on average.
The latest and biggest one, by far, is the WordPress Gutenberg. It merges 161 pull requests, contains a lot of code refactors, new UI, and many more.
The update is named after Johannes Gutenberg who invented the mechanical movable type printing.
19. Automattic is currently valued at $3 billion (VentureBeat)
Automattic, the company behind WordPress, was able to raise $300 million from Salesforce during a Series D funding in September 2019. This brings the global remote company to a post-funding evaluation of $3 billion.
Using the data from W3Techs and with the help of Jono Alderson, Yoast founder Joost de Valk expects that WordPress will continue to grow. If the trend remains consistent, WordPress will have a market share of 36.8%
7. WordPress TV
8. Theme Forest
10. Similar Web
12. Google Trends
13. WordPress Themes Directory
14. WordPress Plugins Directory
20. Joost de Valk Blog