Last Updated: June 9, 2020
WordPress might be only 16 years old (which, coming to think of it, is a lot in internet years) but its creation has been one of the milestones of the last decades. It has a wealth of benefits – it’s free, it’s simple to use and it offers quite the variety of themes and plugins. This allows you to create a unique website with little to no effort.
We have prepared some WordPress statistics to introduce you to the world of the most popular website building platform.
Awesome WordPress Statistics
- More than 75,000,000 of the active websites used WordPress in 2018
- 35% of all active sites worldwide are running WordPress
- More than 50,000 websites come to life via WordPress on a daily basis
- Over 409 million users visit WordPress pages monthly
- Users publish blog posts in over 120 languages on WordPress sites
- WooCommerce, an e-commerce plugin for WordPress, has 4 million active shops
- It powers 30% of all online shops
Those and the rest of the WordPress stats we have rounded up for you will paint a larger picture. By the end, you’ll find out just how important this CMS platform has been for the internet as we know it.
WordPress as we know it came to life in 2003. The real beginning was two years earlier, when B2/Cafelog launched. WordPress came as a project fork for it.
The project fork meant developers had copied B2/Cafelog’s source code and started an independent software from it. Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little were the driving force that breathed life into WordPress for the first time.
Today, it is only growing in popularity.
Have you ever wondered exactly how many websites use WordPress?
1. WordPress was used by more than 75,000,000 of the active websites in 2018.
It might come as a surprise to you, but… most of them are government, educational or newspaper websites. Quite the far cry from WordPress’s usual reputation of a blogging platform.
WordPress powers websites like BBC America, Time INC, The New York Times Company, The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Reuters Blogs, Harvard Gazette Online, The Walt Disney Company, Sony Music, MTV News, Beyonce’s, Justin Bieber’s, Rolling Stone’s and many, many more.
2. As of 2020, 35.6% of all active sites on the entire internet run WordPress.
It started from the bottom, and now it dominates the CMS usage statistics.
The versatility and freedom WordPress offers their users is unmatched and it shows.
You don’t even need any special skills to create your site. Whether it’s a personal blog or a company website, WordPress gives everyone a fair start.
What about the competition?
Joomla and Drupal are the two other names that come to mind.
Joomla currently powers 2.6% of all websites on the web and has 4.5% of the CMS market share.
Drupal is behind 1.7% of the websites world wide, with its global CMS market share at 2.9%.
What about WordPress’ market share?
Well, we saved the best for last:
3. WordPress has 62.4% of the CMS market shares in 2020.
Amazing, isn’t it? This explains the availability of so many plugins and official WordPress hosting services. It probably won’t come as a surprise our very own TechJury is also a member of the WordPress fanclub.
And it’s quite a big fanclub.
4. WordPress brings to life 50,000+ new websites every day.
(Source: Expanded Ramblings)
This is mind-blowing.
With a quick inquiry to the WordPress’ official site, we find some more fascinating statistics. 70 million new posts get published on a monthly basis on blogs. Their readers generate 77 million comments in the same timeframe.
Many Languages and Cultures
Did you know that WordPress lays the foundation for blogs written in over 100 different languages?
5. People publish on WordPress in over 120 languages.
Quite the international bunch we have here.
Here are some language stats directly from WordPress’ very own site:
- English: 71%
- Spanish: 4.7%
- Indonesian: 2.4%
- Portuguese (Brazil): 2.3%
- French: 1.5%
- Russian: 1.3%
- German: 1.2%
- Italian: 1%
- Turkish: 0.7%
- Dutch: 0.6%
Most bloggers still write in good ol’ English. With that said, more and more people are writing in different languages. The WordPress team is working on translating their services in as many languages as possible.
Which is great, considering that…
6. 409 million users visit WordPress pages monthly.
Quite often people ask us – “How do I see visitors on WordPress?”
Every site that runs WordPress has its “Stats” page, where you can track your visitors. There are actually two distinct stats here – views and unique visitors.
What’s the difference?
It’s pretty simple, actually.
A view is when someone loads or reloads your page.
A unique visitor, as defined by Techopedia, is one that enters the site for the first time within a given period (usually a month). It’s the IP address that makes for the uniqueness. The next time they enter within the same timeframe, they’re no longer unique.
Speaking of which,
7. WordPress gets more unique visitors than Twitter.
WordPress stats show they get 163 million unique visitors per month. Twitter, on the other hand, gets 156 million unique visitors in the same timeframe.
At this point, it’s time to talk about the distinction between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
To put it simply, the main difference lies in the hosting. WordPress.org promotes a software you must host yourself. It gives you more freedom to customize your website with plugins and themes. You can even go full geek and customize the backend code yourself.
WordPress.com, on the other hand, will host, manage and basically do all the work for you.
Keep in mind it will ask you to pay up if you want to use more than 3GB of space. And if you want your sites ad-free… yeah, the free version has ads. The upgrade is kind of a must-have, if you’re serious about blogging.
Finally, there’s one more piece of the WordPress puzzle that has its own statistics. It helped turn WordPress into something nobody expected – an e-store solution..
Master of E-Commerce
WooComerce can turn a simple blogging tool like WordPress into a full-featured online shop. Since its launch in 2011, it has powered shops of various size in any niche you can think of.
8. It has 4 million active shops.
You know what that means? It is a legitimate threat to the established players in the market.
9. It is used by 30% of all online shops.
That’s quite the number.
Statistics claim WordPress is no longer only a blogging platform anymore. It has managed to make its mark in the e-commerce world as well.
Another notable WordPress plugin is Akismet. It protects you from annoying spam without you having to think about it. It launched in 2005 and since then it’s been
10. Blocking around 7.5 million spam comments per hour.
It is understandably a favorite among users.
Speaking of plugins, Yoast SEO is one of the popular kids. It gives you real-time page analysis of your blog stats and gives you feedback on your copy’s readability. On top of that, it can generate URLs automatically. It comes in two versions, free and premium, with the premium having a lot more perks, of course.
Now let’s talk themes, another essential part of the WordPress world.
11. There are over 10,000 themes available for WordPress.
That’s quite the variety of choice! It makes it really easy to create a unique website. One more brownie point for you, WordPress.
Feel free to visit Elegant Themes, for example, where you can browse through a wealth of WordPress themes. Chances are, you’ll find one that fits your style..
According to blogging stats, the leader of the marching band is their theme Divi. It allows for ridiculous amount of customization, thanks to its built-in drag and drop builder. It also comes with 20 pre-made layouts, ready for you to use from the very first moment you download it.
Another theme with its own drag and drop builder is Ultra, courtesy of Themify. There are 60 pre-made layouts for you to choose from, made by professional designers. Of course, you have complete freedom and numerous options to create your own layout too.
WordPress stats show that the popular kid among the premium themes is called Avada. It has the impressive 255+ pre-made web page designs. And if that’s not enough, it offers more than 41 fully featured websites, all of them pre-made. Its built-in drag and drop builder makes it incredibly easy to use.
So, now that we’ve discussed almost all important factors, let’s sum everything up.
Since it first launched in 2003, WordPress has been steadily climbing the popularity ladder in the CMS world. The number of sites currently running WordPress is estimated to be 75,000,000 and more. That gives the platform 62.4% of the CMS market shares.
It’s not hard to understand why so many people prefer WordPress over other content management systems. For one, it offers a huge variety of themes and plugins. It also has translations into most of the popular languages worldwide. You can choose between a free and paid version, with the paid version being relatively budget friendly.
We think it’s safe to assume that WordPress’ popularity will only grow with time. Maybe we’re looking at world dominance plan in action, who knows. It seems pretty successful up until now, though.
The Humorous Side of WordPress
And now, as a way to unwind from all those WordPress stats, we have some fun facts prepared for you:
1. It wasn’t the creators’ idea to name the platform WordPress.
Matt Mullenweg’s friend, Christine Selleck Tremoulet was the one to come up with the catchy name. She is a prolific lifestyle blogger.
2. WordPress has a mascot.
Its name is Wapuu and it might be the cutest thing we’ve seen all day. Courtesy of designer Kazuko Kaneuchi, it also serves as a way to promote WordPress in Japan.
It also has its very own personal website, where you can see all of Wapuu’s transformations.
3. WordPress might be the only CMS with its own theme song.
It’s called “Do the WordPress wiggle” and you can check it out on YouTube.
Well, that’s all, folks.
We hope you found those WordPress statistics fun and informative.
Till next time!