WordPress is one of the most popular and powerful website builders in the market. For those looking to set up a new website, WordPress is undoubtedly one of the best tools available.
Read on for an extensive list of WordPress stats to help you appreciate just how immensely influential this open-source CMS really is.
15 Facts About WordPress
1. WordPress powers 43.1% of the web
It may sound astonishing, but what was once just an obscure CMS is now powering over 40% of the web. The reason behind this success is the unparalleled versatility that allows WordPress to be deployed for everything from small personal blogs and small business websites to the world’s top sites, including those of Fortune 500s like Sony Music and the Forbes blog.
2. Users make 70 million new posts and 77 million new comments every month
That’s over 2,333,333 new posts every day, 97,222 every hour, and 1,620 posts every minute. Given that an average post is around 300 words, and almost 0.5 million words are written each minute using WordPress. The WordPress community is truly active.
3. WordPress gets 487 billion spam messages every month
Spam comments have skyrocketed in the last several years. Akismet, a popular spam blocker created by WordPress, blocks more than 7.5 million spam comments hourly. Luckily, Akismet fends off 99.9% of the spam.
4. WordPress dominates Google’s search engine results page (SERP) with 2.28 billion results
Yes, that’s over 2 billion WordPress-related search results on Google.
5. WordPress is, by far, the most used CMS
According to information compiled by W3Techs, WordPress enjoys a 63.7% market share. The second most popular CMS is Shopify, which lags far behind with a market share of 5.7%.
6. WordPress is available in 208 languages
A quick look at the translation website of WordPress shows that it supports 208 locales, with 32 of those at 100% translation. We wonder how long it will take before WordPress is available in virtually every language.
7. Roughly every two minutes, another top 10 million site starts using WordPress
In 2021, it was estimated that a top 10 million website started using WordPress every two minutes. This suggests within the top 10 million sites, more than 1,000 WordPress sites were created daily.
8. WordPress has just over 2,000 employees
Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has only 2,028 employees. And these employees, scattered in many different places worldwide, manage all their work remotely.
9. WordPress users make 27 new posts every second
If you look at activity across WordPress.com, you can notice that bloggers from around the world make approximately six new blog posts every second. Just imagine how many posts that adds up to every year.
10. English is used to write 71% of all WordPress content
English is the most used language to write content on WordPress. Spanish is second with 4.7%, and Indonesian is third with 2.4%.
11. The average WordPress developer earns $56,132
Statistical information available on Payscale.com unveils that the average WordPress web developer earns about $56,000.
12. There are over 60,000 free plug-ins
WordPress’s plug-in directory lists 60,001 plug-ins. It’s up for debate whether WordPress should take more active measures to decrease the number of useless or obsolete plug-ins in the directory. Nevertheless, you can be sure that if you run into a problem, there’s a WordPress plug-in solution.
13. WordPress 6.1 has been downloaded more than 60 million times
The latest version, WordPress 6.1, has been downloaded more than 60 million times. Just watch the download counter to see how ridiculously fast the number increases.
14. There have been 1,134 WordCamps to date
WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering all topics related to WordPress. Matt Mullenweg, the programmer who created WordPress, organized the first event in 2006, and there have been over 1,100 gatherings since.
15. Over half of all WordPress installations are updated to the latest version
Even though WordPress actively encourages you to upgrade to the latest version, only 53% of users have done so. More than 10% still use WordPress version 6.0. If you hesitate to update your website, you jeopardize your security and risk your personal information. Check out our WordPress security tutorial.
16. One WordPress theme has been the most popular for over nine years
For over nine years, the most popular and most purchased WordPress theme on ThemeForest (premium WordPress theme directory and plug-ins marketplace) is Avada. This theme costs $69 and has sold over 845,000 copies to WordPress sites.