21 Fascinating Facts About WordPress

Need help convincing yourself or someone else that WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world? Here's the ultimate list of some of the most interesting and amazing WordPress statistics and data ([y] update).

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020
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Here we have compiled this extensive list of the most amazing WordPress stats to help you appreciate just how immensely influential this open-source content management system (CMS) really is. Amazing WordPress Stats 2017 Alright, let’s get straight into the 2017 WordPress statistics.

 

1. WordPress Is Powering 35% of the Web

It may sound astonishing, but what was once just an obscure content management system is now powering more than 35% of the web, according to WordPress.com and Netcraft. The reason behind this success is the unparalleled versatility that allows WordPress to be deployed everywhere from small personal blogs, small business websites to powering Fortune 500s like Sony Music and the Forbes blog.

 

2. Users Make 70 Million New Posts and 77 Million New Comments Each Month

That’s over 2,333,333 new posts every day, 97,222 every hour, and 1,620 posts every single minute! Given that an average post is around 300 words, we are talking about almost half a million words being written each minute using WordPress. (source)

 

3. WordPress Gets 487 Billion Spam Messages Every Month

Spam comments have skyrocketed in the last several years. The Akismet stats tell us that the number of spam comments generated over one month is 6,208 times higher than the number of legitimate comments. In other words, WordPress gets bombarded by 487 billion spammers. Luckily Aksimet is able to fend off 99.9% of the spam.

 

4. More Than 1.1 Million New Registered WordPress Domains Every 6 Months

A survey from 2015 year of global internet CMS usage revealed that WordPress is responsible for an additional 1.1 million domains every 6 months or so. Users love the convenience and nearly effortless way how to establish an online presence. It’s conceivable that since WordPress’s market share has grown since then, that number is well over one million today.

 

5. WordPress Is Searched For 2,940,000 Times Every Month

Data from KWFinder, a reliable keyword-analysis tool, tell us that the keyword “WordPress” is searched 2,940,000 times every month by people from all over the world. You can easily imagine how much higher the total search volume would be if we were to include all relevant long-tail keywords.

 

6. WordPress Dominates Google’s SERP with 2.28 Billion Results

Yep, that’s over two-and-a-quarter billion WordPress-related search results on Google. For comparison, “sex” gives you 5.11 billion results, which is really not that much more when you think about it.

 

7. WordPress Is, by Far, the Most Used CMS

According to information compiled by W3techs, WordPress enjoys 61.8% market share. The second most popular CMS is Joomla, with 4.7% it is far far behind.

 

8. WordPress Is Available in 196 Languages

A quick look at the translation website of WordPress shows that 196 locales with 40 of those at 100% translation. The total number of available locales is 196. We wonder how long it’s going to take before WordPress is available in virtually every language in existence.

 

9. WordPress Is More Visited Than Twitter

With 163 million unique visitors per month, WordPress is more visited than Twitter, which gets “only” around 156 million unique visitors per month, as stated by Automattic.

 

10. WordPress Has 501 Times Fewer Employees Than Amazon

It’s truly amazing what WordPress has been able to achieve with just 1,148 employees. What’s more, these employees are scatter in many different places around the world and manage to do their work completely remotely. (source)

 

11. Users of WordPress make 27 New Posts Every Second

If you look at activity across WordPress.com, you can notice that bloggers from all around the world make approximately 6 new posts every second.

 

12. English Is Used to Write 71% of All WordPress Content

The same page also tells us that English is the most used language to write content on WordPress. Spanish is second with 4.7% and Indonesian is third with 2.4%.

 

13. The Average WordPress Developer Earns $51,000

Statistical information available on Payscale.com unveils that the average WordPress web developer earns over $50,000.

 

14. There Are Currently 54,000+ Free Plugins

The Plugin Directory currently lists over 54,000 plugins with 1.5 billion total downloads. It’s up for a debate whether WordPress shouldn’t take a more active measure to decrease the number of useless or obsoletely plugins in the directory. Nevertheless, you can be sure to know that if you run into a problem or you need a solution that “there’s a plugin for that”.

 

15. WordPress 5.3 Has Been Downloaded More Than 7,000,000 Times

The latest version of WordPress, WordPress 5.3, has been downloaded more than 7 million times. Just watch the download counter to see how ridiculously fast the number increments.

 

16. There Have Been 1,063 WordCamps To Date

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006, and there have since been over a thousand more of them.

 

17. Less Than 1/3 of All WordPress Installations Are Updated to the Latest Version

Even though WordPress actively encourages users to upgrade to the latest version, only 23% of users have actually done so. More than 27% still use version 5.2. All users who hesitate to upgrade their website are jeopardizing their security and putting personal information of users at risk. If that’s you, then you should check out our WordPress security tutorial.

 

18. WordPress is Behind 30.3% of the Top 1000 Websites

This statistic may not seem too impressive when you first see it, but you have to realize that the use of off-the-shelf content management systems is very rare when it comes to large sites with extremely high-performance requirements.

 

19. WordPress Takes Care of 80-90% of Google’s Crawling Issues

The former head of Google’s webspam team, Matt Cutts, said that “sites built with WordPress are capable of ranking higher in search results because the CMS takes care of 80-90% of Google’s crawling issues.” This means WordPress is SEO friendly.

 

20. One WordPress Theme Has Earned Over 12 Million Dollars in Sales

The most popular and most purchased WordPress theme on ThemeForest (premium WordPress themes and plugins marketplace) is Avada. Avada costs $59 and it has sold over 200,000 copies which means to date it has generated over $12,000,000 in sales, and counting.

Conclusion

We hope that our list of top 21 most interesting WordPress stats (Nov 2020) helped you find a new appreciation for this influential CMS. WordPress is really a one-of-the-kind website solution that has helped millions of blog and site owners to achieve their goals. Did any of these statistics about WordPress surprise you? Let us know in the comments below!

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