WordPress is one of the original and MOST USED content management systems (CMS) in the world. Originally designed as an open source blogging website solution – WordPress has blossomed into a full-on web-machine that can be used for anything from membership websites to professional real estate sites, e-commerce solutions and everything in between.
We have scoured the most trusted sources out there to find stats that will highlight the sheer magnitude of WordPress in the online space.
Alright, so let’s look into some must-know facts and statistics about WordPress for 2020.
Originally designed as a blogging CMS – WordPress has spread like a virus throughout the web and now powers some of the largest websites known – such as Mercedes and Forbes.
WordPress powers so much of the internet that users are continually commenting on posts with over 200,000 new comments each day.
Millions of spammers target WordPress each month – therefore it is beneficial to not display your email address and also to have double opt in for your contact forms.
WordPress is really easy to set up and register a new domain – it is no wonder so many people are registering every month.
People all over he world are searching for worpress regularily. According to KWFinder the word “Wordpress” alone has been searched for 2,740,000 every month all around the world.
WordPress is taking over the internet with 583,000,000 results on Google.
WordPress owns 60% of the overall CMS Market
Worldwide there are 70 million new posts on WordPress each month. Which is around 226,000 new posts each day.
WordPress is continually serving more and more of the global market by being translated in to 120 languages.
Twitter gets 147 unique visitors and Ebay just 109 Million while WordPress boasts 156 million monthly unique visitors. Therefore WordPress is more popular than Twitter and way more popular than Ebay according to Automatic.
All of the other big sites with comparable monthly active users have thousands of employees, whereas WordPress has just 861. When you compare that with Amazon’s half a million employees – there is a huge difference.
Sure, there are a tonne of WordPress websites – and the users seem to love them. In fact there are hundreds of millions of people viewing a whopping 20 billion pages each month.
The English language is the most popular language for bloggers and article writers on wordpress with 71% of all articles written in English.
Although WordPress is now available in 120 languages, the Dutch language is in the top ten and just 0.6% of all wordpress articles are written in Dutch.
Lots of WordPress developers work as freelancers, so that is not taken into consideration here. This pay range is taken from various research documents across the world.
There are plugins for everything on wordpress and most of them are free in the plugin directory.
WordPress 5.1 is the latest version and it has been downloaded over 5 million times. That is at time of writing – the counter goes up extremely quickly.
Every day WordPress sites get targeted with spam. Akismet is the plugin to avoid this. Akismet successfully blocks hundreds of millions of spam comments every single day.
There have been nearly a thousand Wordcamps globally. These are conferences to discuss all things WordPress.
People should upgrade their wordpress to the latest version. However less than a fifth of installations (just 14%) are currently running the latest version.
47.% of all WordPress sites are in the US. The rest of the pie is sliced up finely between other countries such as the UK, France, Germany etc…
A very small percentage of the WordPress market place is owned by a wide range of countries like Norway with 0.2% and Spanish (Chile) with 0.2%.
Avada has been one of the most popular multi-purpose themes of all time. It is just $60 but has sold almost half a million copies.
Matt Cutt’s (a former Google employee) said that WordPress sites take care of 80-90% of Google’s crawling issues and is therefore extremely SEO Friendly.
WordPress is being continually updated. Version 4.9 was downloaded over 20 million times.
It is not uncommon for popular wordpress themes or plugins to get downloaded million time in just one week. WooCommerce is WordPresses shopping cart solution and is installed almost a million times per week.
It is surprising that huge sites such as Mercedes, Forbes, The New Yorker, Ted and Reuters use WordPress.
WordPress is continually being updated and 98+ versions have been released so far.
Scheduled updates can be reviewed and checked – both future and historical on the Current Events Codex.
Although a black wordpress installation only has 5,620 lines of code – when modified the sites run up to 5 or ten times that number.
WordPress is extremely versatile and can be used for e-commerce. WordPress’ ecommerce pluggin Woocommerce has been downloaded over 60 Million times.
Themes are used to make WordPress sites look more visually appealing. These can be free or paid. You can download one of the 6000 free wordpress themes from the WordPress.org Theme Directory.
WordPress is becoming increasingly popular – the last version was downloaded 35 million times.
You can enjoy a premium domain name and WordPress hosting for around $70 per year.
Thanks to the one click install software offered by many hosts you can start a WordPress blog in as little as 5 miniutes.
Joomla is the second most popular CMS however WordPress is 10 times more popular.
It is said the big updates to WordPress are released every 152 days on average.
With wordpress being open source, there are often a lot of security vulnerabilities – especially with the plugins.
MySQL is the database that WordPress uses. Of the WP websites out there 41.2% use version 5.6.
Brute Force, Plugin Vulnerabilities, Hosting Vulnerabilities and Core and Theme Vulnerabiities
You can buy a wordpress theme out of the box for $60 . However if you are looking for something truly unique then you could pay anywhere from $1000 to $10,000 and above, depending on the features that you require.
WordPress is certainly on the rise and Google Trends proves it with a whopping 30 million searches for WordPress in Dec 2018.
Compared to other blogging CMS like Blogger, Drupal and Sharepoint – the Japanese come up top when searching for WordPress (Source Google Trends)
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