At the time of this writing, WordPress, the free and open-source content management system (CMS), is almost 13 years old. Since its first release in 2003, its growth and popularity is beyond questioning. This article attempts to define that popularity into numbers. These monitored numbers are only a small sampling of measurements taken from various sources.
We are still in a time where the growth of WordPress is strong, so the more recent a source of WordPress information you find, the higher these numbers are. But regardless of their accuracy, you can still draw your own conclusions from them below.
How many WordPress sites are there in the world? About 70 million. That’s 2 for every Canadian, 1 for every 5 Americans, or 1 for every 100 humans.
Not all websites run on a CMS. The ones that do represent about one-third of all websites. Of those, the market share for WordPress is close to 60 percent. Other well-known CMS’s like Joomla and Drupal have 10 and 6 percent of the market share respectively.
Day in and day out, 359 million people on the web, close to the entire population of the US, do the following: view 377 million pages, read 1.6 million new posts (thanks for contributing), create 2.3 million new comments, and perform 1.2 million searches for WordPress.
How often are new WordPress sites created? Roughly 100,000 per day. As for supporting software, the plugin repository has over 25,000 plugins.
How many unique visits per day? That’s about 4,200,000. Let’s put this into perspective with Amazon. Amazon gets about 3,200,000 per day. Apples to apples, that’s a smaller number of course, but consider the number of people each company employs. Amazon employees number in the tens of thousands. How many does WordPress employ? 229.
How many translations of WordPress are there? Again, the more recent the source, the higher the number. One says WordPress is translated into 120 languages and a newer one says 137. In other words, WordPress has spread to pretty much everyone.
And on the developer side, there are WordCamps. WordCamps are conferences for topics on everything related to WordPress. The first one was held in 2006 in San Francisco and had over 500 attendees. Since that time, WordCamps have become ubiquitous. There have been 520 WordCamps hosted in 205 cities spread across 48 countries.
Truly, these are impressive numbers. One CMS is always on top of the list. But when you consider the size of the market share gap between WordPress and its closest competitors, there seems to be more to it than simply concluding “Yes, WordPress is number one.” To find out what that is, there’s no better teacher than experience. So, go ahead. Give it a try.