There is no questioning the popularity of WordPress. I’m sure you have already read several articles or blogs that keeps telling how WordPress is the best thing which happened to the internet community and about its staggering success rate. WordPress, which was started on May 27, 2003, is the brainchild of Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Both gentlemen with this beautiful invention has really taken the blogging world by storm.
Blogging, now no longer remains a hobby for the pursuit of leisurely interest. People have started taking it as a serious profession. And all the credit surely goes to Matt and Mike. With the birth of WordPress, anyone can be a blogger or an amazing web designer creating stunning sites for themselves or their clients.
With all the resources that are available in the WordPress market, you can be the creator of gorgeous and professional looking sites within minutes. That too without the slightest knowledge of codes. Not just this.
If you are creative enough, WordPress can open up to you a range of opportunities, but we already know that! However we are sure, many of you did not know many of the figures and numbers we will be spilling out about WordPress. So without further ado, get ready to have your mind blown.
Overview of The Ultimate List of WordPress Statistics (2018 Data, Studies, Facts) [hide]
- 1 Amazing Statistics on WordPress
- 2 The Large WordPress Community
- 3 WordCamp
- 4 WordPress And Different Languages
- 5 30% of Websites are Powered by WordPress as Their Choice of CMS
- 6 WordPress and Google Searches
- 7 All The Activity Relating to WordPress
- 8 WordPress Owners and Founders:
- 9 WordPress Third Party-Developers
- 10 WordPress Development
- 11 WordPress Security
- 12 The Theme & Plugin Market
- 13 In Conclusion: The Swag of WordPress
Amazing Statistics on WordPress
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress – ranging from beginner plugins, theme development, advanced techniques to security. These meetings are informal and generally community-organized events for WordPress enthusiasts. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
- The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006.
- In 2017 alone, around 126 official WordCamps have been held with over 840 meetups around the world.
- The WordCamp event in Europe 2017 saw a record gathering of 1900 people coming from over 79 countries.
It is also fascinating to consider that these meetup groups come from over 66 countries, spanning over 535 cities.
WordPress And Different Languages
- For the accessibility of users across various communities, WordPress has been developed with official up-to-date support for 43 locales.
- In total, there are 179 available locales.
- However, this can be extended even further with the help of Multilingual plugins.
It’s also super easy to use. In fact. It takes only a few minutes before you can fully localize your WordPress based website from your admin panel.
- As of now, English continues to be the most dominant of all languages with about 71% of all WordPress sites written in English.
This implies that around 29% of WordPress users speak other diverse foreign languages.
30% of Websites are Powered by WordPress as Their Choice of CMS
- According to the current data at hand, over 30% of all websites on the World Wide Web uses WordPress as their preferred CMS.
Around 48% of the internet still doesn’t depend on a CMS. And the remaining 21% of the sites use other CMS like Drupal, Joomla etc. This makes WordPress, by far, the most popular CMS in the market.
WordPress also has a market share of 59.9% among all content management systems.
Just for Fun Fact: Do you know that these number means? In plain terms, the number of WordPress users rivals the entire population of Turkey! WOW!
If you want these figures in numbers, and not percentage then it will look like this:
- Among the top 10,000 websites on the web, 2562 uses WordPress.
- Among the top 100,000 websites on the web, 22,749 of them uses WordPress.
And in reference to the million top websites on the web, around 258,461 uses WordPress.
WordPress and Google Searches
As we just laid out, the vast community that surrounds WordPress. It has an active base of users, contributors, developers, and so on. And naturally, all these people are going to be searching online about their favorite CMS. But how much do they search?
- At the time of writing, the keyword “WordPress,” alone gets 2,740,000 of searches every month, on Google.
- WordPress based websites have SEO friendly coding which manages 80-90% of all the crawling related issues for Google’s search engine.
- Google will fetch you over 1,74,00,00,000 results for the keyword “WordPress.”
All The Activity Relating to WordPress
As you can see, there are a lot of people inquiring about WordPress. This ultimately begs the question, what do they all want?
- Well for starters, WordPress powered blogs receive monthly traffic totaling about 21.9 billion page views by 409 million unique people each month.
- WordPress users/blogger produce around 87.2 million new posts, and they receive around 51.3 million new comments every month.
- The spam protection plugin – Akismet, has prevented and recorded over 400 billion spam comments, from WordPress websites.
Apart from this, other activities would include:
WordPress Owners and Founders:
We have already mentioned the names of Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little – the creators of WordPress. But it is worth noting that they are not the owners of WordPress. In fact, WordPress has no owner since it is open-source.
- Automattic, which is the company that has the copyright to WordPress source code, only has an employee strength of 581 people only.
What is even more surprising is that all these people are spread across the entire globe, and they come together to collaborate and provide to us this excellent piece of free software.
- The company originally had an office at San Francisco, but it was closed as no one came there anymore.
The founding fathers of WordPress have a knack for Jazz, and so all major WordPress updates are named after famous Jazz Musicians.
WordPress Third Party-Developers
Besides the founders of WordPress and the people who use the CMS, there is also a legion of active developers creating a countless number of plugins and themes to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of the platform.
There are also plenty of WordPress developers who take in clients requests to create a WordPress website out from scratch.
- A custom built WordPress website can cost something between $1000 to $10,000.
- At the time of writing, the average salary of a basic WordPress job is $65,879.
- A survey from 2014 concluded that 25% of WordPress users make a full-time living solely off the platform.
- Over 90% of these people work on more than one site at a time, dedicate no more than 200 hours on each.
WordPress has released 32 major versions since its debut in 2003. On an average, it is safe to say that WordPress releases its latest version almost every 152 days.
Now, that is some hard work folks! Just think –
- WordPress 4.1 features over 394,243 lines of quality code for professional, global use.
Out of all the WordPress websites that are in existence today, nearly 81% of them are using WordPress 4.x while just around 18% are running with the previous iterations. 5
- Up until now, WordPress has been downloaded nearly 98 million times, and the number is rising by the second.
This kind of popularity does attract the attention of people with malicious intent. So does, WordPress have the necessary back up to fight off security threats? And what kind of security threats does it receive in the first place?
- In the worst WordPress security breach, about 18 million WordPress websites were compromised.
- 73% of the top 40,000 popular WordPress websites have security vulnerabilities.
- 52% of all security vulnerability on WordPress can be traced back to a WordPress plugin.
- Around 8% of security breaches happen due to weak passwords.
39% of WordPress vulnerabilities are because of XSS – Cross Site Scripting
The Theme & Plugin Market
- The average price for a premium WordPress theme is $59.
- Genesis and Divi are the most popular Premium WordPress themes on the market. Each of them holds 10% of the market.
- 50% of all WordPress themes found on ThemeForest have made $1,000 minimum every month. Whereas, 5% of the best selling themes make $10,000 a month.
- 70% of most WordPress theme searches on Themeforest are for niche specific themes.
- Avada WordPress theme cost $59 and has sold 200,000 copies. This means the theme has earned $12,000,000 in sales.
- WordPress offers more than 55,000 plugins to enhance your site’s functionalities.
- A total of 6000+ premium plugins exists in Codecanyon.
- Akismet is the most popular WordPress plugin with over 109 million downloads.
- Jetpack ranks second with over 81 million downloads.
- 80% of all the WordPress plugin searches are focused around those which can help add functionalities to the website.
- The most popular free page builder is Elementor with over 430,000 new downloads every week.
WooCommerce – A WordPress plugin for e-commerce powers 28% of all online stores. It has been downloaded a total of 46,361,422 times.
In Conclusion: The Swag of WordPress
So what is your opinion on WordPress now? Are you turning into a hardcore fan. If so, then why not consider buying some WordPress merchandise.
Believe it or not, there is an official WordPress Swag Store so that all you WordPress fanatics out there can wear their WordPress love with pride. This official store sells hoodies and t-shirts and also has a rotating line of products.
The revenue generated from these sales goes towards the cost of providing free swag to WordCamps and WordPress meetups around the world.