WordPress has come a long way since its birth in 2003. The 16-year-old content management system has now become a name that almost everyone in the digital sphere is familiar with. In fact, WordPress statistics showing its progress and well-being are truly fascinating. They paint a thorough picture of how deeply loved this CMS is.
As a WordPress user or user-to-be, it’s best to know important WordPress statistics. That’s why we dug into them, and curated a list of the super amazing ones for you.
Here we go:
WordPress at a glance
The publishing giant powers 14.7% of the top 100 websites worldwide and boasts 75 million users. These include big names such as TEDBlog, USA Today, Fortune.com, TechCrunch, BBC America, CNN, New York Post, Thought Catalog, and Spotify to name a few.
Moreover, Technorati reveals that WordPress manages:
- 8% of the top 100 blogs
- 2,645 sites among the top 10,000 websites
- 22,111 sites of the leading 100,000 websites and
- 297,629 among the top 1 million sites on the web
In the CMS market, it has a whopping share of 61.4%, which is greater than most of the other prominent names such as Joomla and Drupal. The graph below shows market shares of leading content management systems with the complete list available here.
Such a mind-blowing market share has ranked WordPress as the most popular CMS for the 7th year in a row. WordPress growth has kept the same breakneck speed as its popularity with 500+ new sites built daily on it.
Moreover, Interest in WordPress has remained steady over the years too with it being searched over 37 million times every month around the globe.
Comparatively speaking, search queries for WordPress rank a lot higher than other content management systems as confirmed by Google Trends:
In fact, WordPress is visited more than Twitter on a monthly note as per statistics shared by Automattic, the parent company behind WordPress. What’s surprising is that only 955 employees (or Automatticians as they call themselves) run the show across 60+ countries.
On a comparative note, however, Twitter employs 3,920 workers, which is approximately four times more than the staff members at WordPress.
As for WordPress downloads, they keep peaking, having reached over 60,000 by now:
Interestingly, data scientists have also looked at the popular days when WordPress downloads max out and have learned that Mondays are pretty popular when it comes to downloading the CMS. On the flip side, Fridays and Saturdays are the least popular days for WordPress getting downloaded.
WordPress Usage Statistics
Let’s focus next on WordPress usage statistics.
The publishing platform also has translations for more than 160 languages with 65 completed.
Additionally, on a monthly note:
- Over 70 million new posts are published
- 409 million people view 20 billion WordPress pages
- 77 million new comments are made
Statistics by Akismet also share that 132 million spammers hit the comments section in WordPress. In fact, the number of spam comments received tends to be 24 times higher than the scores of legitimate comments.
You needn’t fear these spammers though as the plugin Akismet protects against 99.9% of them, having blocked 487,427,977,529 and counting comments so far.
This brings us next to interesting numbers behind WordPress plugins.
WordPress plugins statistics
WordPress plugins are software that offer a specific function or group of functions. When downloaded and installed, plugins enhance the functionality of your WordPress site, customizing it as per your needs.
The official WordPress plugin directory homes more than 54,000 plugins. However, this number isn’t static as new plugins are added daily. Their download stats are also fascinating at 1,250,000,000 total downloads as of 2016.
The top 4 plugins on WordPress are:
- Contact Form 7: The Contact Form 7 plugin helps you manage multiple contact forms.
- Yoast SEO: As we’ve already highlighted, Yoast SEO is an SEO plugin as its name suggests. It helps you improve readability too.
- Akismet Anti-Spam: Akismet Anti-Spam is a plugin that vigilantly protects your site from spam. This includes spam targeted toward your site’s contact form and comments section. Every hour, Akismet Anti-Spam filters 7.5 million spammy items.
- Classic Editor: Classic Editor helps restore the classic editor, one that was the default editor before the Gutenberg Editor was released as the default one in 2018.
Each of these showcase over 5 million active installations. In addition to these widely-loved plugins, WordPress’s e-commerce plugin, WooCommerce is also a prominent one with 75,879,231 downloads.
It powers upwards of 28% online stores throughout the world as visualized below:
Furthermore, of the top 30 plugins with 100,000 + active installations, multiple come from the WooCommerce family. These include Mailchimp for WooCommerce, Woocommerce Stripe Payment Gateway, WooCommerce Blocks, and WooCommerce Square.
Similar to plugins, you’ll find a lot of variety in themes on WordPress. Plus, some smashing numbers to back them too. WordPress themes are template collections that determine the display and appearance of your website. Put simply, a WordPress theme narrates your site’s design.
WordPress has a collection of both free and premium themes with the premium ones up for grabs for $77.5 on average. On the whole, you can choose from a pool of over 30,000 themes.
Top three themes on WordPress include:
- Twenty Nineteen with 1+ million active installations
- Twenty Seventeen with 1+ million active installations
- Hello Elementor with 80,000+ active installation
When looking at the distribution usage of WordPress themes though, we get a different outlook of the most widely used themes in the top 1 million sites. Topping this list is Divi, a theme that 15,336 websites use.
In case you are planning to switch to one of these popular or widely used themes on WordPress, note that switching to them isn’t very troublesome. All thanks to the dynamic nature of the CMS, thousands of people keep switching themes with ease.
In Aug 2019 alone, there were 674,748 theme switches. The number has peaked more than this though with the highest theme switches made in March 2015 at 5,334,942 changes.
WordPress community – WordCamps by the numbers
WordPress’s presence is not limited to the digital sphere only. It’s offline presence in the form of community conferences has grown significantly with the first ever gathering hosted in 2006 in San Francisco.
Since then, WordCamps are being organized by WordPress users every year as per the guidelines outlined at WordCamp.org. Till date, 1,032 WordCamps have been hosted in 65 countries in 6 continents.
Other than WordCamps as offline WordPress community gatherings, the WordPress Polyglots teams work hard to localize the publishing platform including its themes and plugins.
WordPress versions statistics – all that you need to know
Serious matters apart, an amusing fact is that each of these versions, released from 2004, is named after a jazz musician. The first one named this way was the WordPress 1.0.1 Miles update that came out in 2004. It was named after the musician, Miles Davis.
Along the same breath, the latest version 5.2 takes its name from the American jazz bassist, Jaco Pastorius.
You can check out the jazz inspirations of other WordPress versions in the chart below:
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That said, it’s important to share here that numerous sites run on outdated themes. This leaves them vulnerable to malicious attacks by hackers. Good news is 40% of users have updated to the latest Jaco version. In fact, it has been downloaded over 61 million times.
Still, over 20% of the users rely on WordPress 4.9:
The possible reason why the remaining users have not moved to the latest WordPress version 5.2 may be the Gutenberg block editor update that was released in December 2018.
Since its launch, the block-based editor has scored 26.6 million active installations. The only catch is that the WordPress classic editor had remained the default editor for several years while Gutenberg has only recently introduced change.
Of course, it will take folks a little time to embrace change, which explains why the Classic Editor has 5+ million installations.
Wrapping it up
This leaves you with a plethora of interesting WordPress statistics. Which of these did you find the most interesting? Share your thoughts in the comments.