There is no questioning the popularity of WordPress. I’m sure you have already read several articles or blogs that keep 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. And we already know this. But I am sure, many of you did not know what I am going to tell you about WordPress in this article. So prepare yourself to be blown away.
Amazing Facts about WordPress
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The WordPress community is unimaginably widespread and active all over the world. With 249973 active members in more than 840 meetup groups around the globe, the WordPress community is one of the largest the internet world.
For the accessibility of users across the various communities, WordPress has been developed with the possibility to translated into more than 150 different languages. And it’s super easy to do it. It takes only a few minutes before you can fully localize your WordPress based website from your admin panel.
Even though English continues to remain the most dominant of all languages with about 56.7% of its users, it also goes on to show that 43.3% of its users speak other diverse foreign languages. This really does point out how widely accepted it is.
WordPress.com reaches roughly 7,679,800 unique users each day and has page views of about 23,039,395 daily which is way more than many other popular websites. This surely proves how popular it is. This is mainly due to its user interface that is so friendly that even a newbie can easily set his hands upon it.
You can immediately launch your own website with your own logo and personalize it with your desired color and font. You can also install your favorite theme to give it the most professional look. Customizing it needs no real talent. With WordPress by your site you can create stunning sites with just a little creative skills.
WordCamp is a conference that basically 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 2014 alone, 80 official WordPress Camps were held across 29 countries. 621 such WordCamps have been held till date across six continents.
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 hoddies 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.
Another very interesting fact is that the creators of WordPress were a fan of jazz music and so every one of their releases were named after jazz artists or Albums. This probably makes it one of the only CMS to have a content that attracts a niche audience who have similar taste.
WordPress has released 27 major versions since its debut in 2003. On and average, it is safe to say that WordPress releases its latest version almost every 152 days.
Now, that is some hard work folks! Especially because in comparison with the previous major release, 17,599 lines of code were added in WordPress 4.1. Out of all the WordPress websites that are in existence today, nearly 81% of them are using WordPress 4.x while just around 18%.
WordPress.org has an official page dedicated to the huge fan following that it has. From raps to tattoos, you can scroll through thousands of media submitted by fans across the globe. WordPress nerds are weirder than you think!
As of 12th September 2016 WordPress is the go-to content management system for 36% of all website users. With another 43% of the sites using other CMS like Drupal, Joomla etc. WordPress has the largest market share among all content management systems.
And yes, did you know that the number of WordPress users rivals the entire population of Turkey? Of course, you didn’t!
We live in an era where the internet has taken over everything. Whether its academics, fashion, the corporate world or any other field, a website has become a necessity for every institution. Without a website, it is losing a great deal. Thousands of sites, therefore come up each minute.
WordPress being one of the leading CMS powers the top 100,000 most popular websites in the world. You have heard it right 100,000. If you are questioning the figure, let me tell you there are a lot more than 100,000 websites in the world.
WordPress comes with various version each with its own unique features and functionalities. Users can keep updating their old version as soon as a new version is launched. This is notified to all its users through its admin panel.
According to wordpress.org version, 4.5 is used by 28.1% of its user. 23.8% of its user have upgraded to the latest version of 4.6. and 14.8% of its user using its version 4.4.
This only goes to show how quickly the WordPress users are willing to upgrade. Wonder how much more would get version 4.7 when it’s out in December 2016.
With such a huge user base and with so many brilliant features, can you guess the net worth of WordPress?
The estimated value of WordPress.com is considered to be $ 50,456,390 USD. It generates a revenue of $ 23,040 USD approximately per day all of which comes from advertising. The estimated yearly revenue comes close to $ 8,409,454 USD.
We all talk about why WordPress is the most popular CMS of all times and how easy it is to be used as a blogging platform. But facts like the above ones are very less known.
And considering all these interesting and unquestionable facts WordPress does sound like one of the best things to happen to the blogging community and to the internet as a whole. What’s more, a lot of people seem to think so too. Many of the above facts only go on to show why WordPress is so popular.
But if you haven’t started using it yet and you’re looking to give our statistician more work, it’s a good time to start and add to the statistics.