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WordPress Statistics You Need in 2023
Updated · Jan 27, 2023
WordPress might be only 19 years old (which, come to think of it, is a lot in internet years), but its creation has been one of the milestones of the last decades.
We have prepared some WordPress statistics to introduce you to the world of the most popular website building platform.
Awesome WordPress Statistics
- More than 455,000,000 active websites use WordPress in 2022.
- 43.2% of all active sites worldwide are running on WordPress.
- More than 500 websites are created 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 ecommerce plugin for WordPress, has over 5 million active shops.
- It powers over 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 is the preferred platform by over 455 million active websites in 2022.
(Source: WP Dev Shed)
2022 WordPress statistics confirm the platform currently powers over 40% of all websites worldwide. Most of these are educational, newspaper, and government pages.
WordPress is the digital home of some major businesses. The list includes: The New York Times Company, The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, BBC America, The Walt Disney Company, etc.
2. As of 2022, 43% of all active websites run on WordPress.
Want to know exactly how many websites use WordPress?
Most recent data suggest WordPress hosts 43% of all websites in the world. The 2021 figure was 39.5%.
So now, we wouldn’t be lying if we said that two out of every five websites are powered by WordPress.
3. WordPress has 64.2% of the CMS market shares in 2022.
It started from the bottom, and now it dominates the CMS usage statistics.
The versatility and freedom WordPress offers its 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 corporate space, WordPress gives everyone a fair start.
Awesome, right? Little wonder why there are so many plugins and official WordPress hosting services. Even our very own TechJury is powered by WordPress.
4. Over 500 new websites are created on WordPress every day.
In comparison, Squarespace and Shopify acquire between 60 to 80 new websites daily. That’s a pretty significant difference in favor of WordPress.
Moreover, according to the latest WordPress usage stats, over 14% of the top global websites are powered by WordPress. Additionally, 17 blog posts are published on the platform every second, and more than 409 million users view WordPress pages daily.
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 190 languages.
WordPress is available in 196 languages!
The majority of its users (71%) write in English but more and more are starting to use other languages as well. For instance, Spanish and Indonesian follow suit with 4.7% and 2.4%, respectively.
The even better news is that the WordPress team constantly works on further translating its services.
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 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 sizes 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. WordPress receives around 487 billion spam comments per month.
What’s more, these WordPress site stats reveal that the monthly spam comments are 6,208 times higher than the number of legitimate comments.
Now let’s talk about themes, another essential part of the WordPress world.
11. There are over 11,000 themes available for WordPress.
(Source: Code In WP)
That’s quite the variety! It makes it really easy to create a unique website. One more brownie point for you, WordPress.
According to the latest blogging stats, the leader of the marching band is their theme Divi. It allows for a ridiculous amount of customization, thanks to its built-in drag and drop builder. It also comes with 20 premade 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 premade layouts for you to choose from, made by professional designers. Of course, you have complete freedom and numerous options to create your own.
If we consult the most recent WordPress stats, we’d see that the popular kid among the premium themes is called Avada. Found on ThemeForest, this one has sold over 200,000 copies. It costs $59 and has generated over $12 million in sales so far.
So now that we’ve discussed almost all the 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 WordPress sites is estimated to be over 455 million!
It’s not hard to understand why so many people prefer WordPress over other content management systems. For one, it offers a massive variety of themes and plugins. Second, it’s translated into the most used languages worldwide. What’s more, you can choose between a free and paid version, the latter being pretty budget-friendly.
We think it’s safe to assume that WordPress’ popularity will only grow with time. Maybe we’re looking at a 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!
Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.
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