The digital marketing world has transformed greatly over the past few years. WordPress in particular has managed to grow exponentially over the last few decades. WordPress has emerged as the world’s leading content management system (CMS), due to its ease of use and cost-effectiveness. In addition to this, the endless options of plugins and themes available on WordPress have made it even more attractive to global users.
To show you how WordPress has emerged as one of the most popular CMS in 2021, we have put together some outstanding facts and statistics that will truly blow your mind. Keep reading to find out more.
WordPress usage statistics and facts – 2021
Almost 40% of online websites are powered by WordPress
It is quite unbelievable that WordPress has emerged as one of the top content management systems globally, powering 39.6% of the World Wide Web. The main reason for this mind-blowing number is the ease and convenience of using this platform, whether you are an expert or just a beginner.
1% websites use WordPress for content management
WordPress is by far the largest content management system in the world where around 64.1% websites utilize it.
64 million active WordPress websites exist today
(Source: Internet Live Stats)
According to a report by Netcraft, around 64 million websites which are currently active use WordPress.
1.1 million domain registrations every 6 months
(Source: Built With)
According to a survey in 2015, there were approximately 1.1 million domain registrations done in a span of just 6 months. In 2021, this number is believed to have increased further exponentially.
Popular among celebrities and businesses alike
Many popular sites like Etsy, People, Reuters, and TED use WordPress to manage their website. In fact, 34% of the world’s top 10,000 websites are powered by WordPress. Additionally, celebrities like Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber and Jay Z also use this platform, for their online presence.
Joomla has market share of 3.5%
Joomla is the third most widely used content management system globally and enjoys a market share of 3.5%. This is followed by Drupal (2.5%) and Squarespace (2.4%).
WordPress has been downloaded 159 million times
This software is one of the most downloaded one, in the world. In fact, the latest version, WordPress 4.9 is said to have been downloaded, more than 159 million times.
Twitter and WordPress have similar number of monthly visitors
Statistics released by Twitter reveal that they gather around 152 million views, while WordPress is very close behind at 149 million. This means that WordPress is becoming as popular as the everyday social media sites people use.
5 million posts monthly
The platform hosts a large number of bloggers that almost 70.5 million posts and 52.1 million comments are added every month.
409 million views monthly
It is recorded that 409 million people view more than 21 billion pages on WordPress every month.
27% market share by WooCommerce
This is relevant information, if you have an online business. eCommerce platforms are important, as they allow retailers to facilitate payments and online transactions. WooCommerce, a subsidiary of WordPress, is growing rapidly and competing with major platforms like Shopify and Squarespace.
Almost 13.2% WordPress websites use WooCommerce
Relating to point number 8, 13.2% of WordPress powered websites now use WooCommerce. This is just another reason why you must join the WordPress bandwagon now and today.
5 million spam comments blocked hourly
Everyone knows that spam content and comments are a headache to web users. Luckily, WordPress has plugin- Akismet, which helps with this. It blocks spam comments on a regular basis, saving users from major headaches.
WordPress Importer, WooCommerce and All in One SEO – top 3 plugins
(Source: Word Camp)
According to a 2017 report by WordPress, the most popular plugin used by users was the ‘All in one SEO’. Other popular plugins were WordPress Importer and WooCommerce.
WordPress usability statistics and facts – 2021
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org – know the difference!
(Source: Theme Isle)
If you are a tech newbie, you may think these two domains are the same, but they are not. WordPress.org is a free content management system software, while WordPress.com is a blogging tool, built on WordPress.org. Automattic has ownership of both.
Get a fantastic website, with less than $60 a year
This is a great deal to pay, compared to other hosting platforms. By spending $60 a year, you can have a great website, with strong security and optimal performance to drive more web traffic to your site.
A domain name costs you only $10
For an average .com domain name, you will only need to shell out around $10. Basically, you can have a fantastic website up and running with around $70 annually.
It is platform-neutral
WordPress has neutral apps for all common platforms like iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows. You can use these functions, irrespective of what device you are using.
Operates in 57 languages
Talk about a multi-linguistic platform! Currently, you can operate WordPress in 57 different languages. It will not be long, before you can use it in every language known to humankind.
47,350 active plugins
According to The Plugin Directory, there are over 47,350 active plugins, which have been downloaded more that 633 million times.
4119 free themes
WordPress offers around 4119 free GPL (General Public License) themes, of which 1402 come with language packs. In addition, you can also purchase themes from other vendors. For example, Themeforest, one of the largest commercial e-vendor, offers more than 11 thousand themes for sale.
According to the head of the web spam team at Google; Matt Cutts, WordPress takes care of 80-90% of search engine optimization (SEO) mechanics. Furthermore, there are many plugins, which can assist you to get the SEO of your site exactly, as it should.
HTTPS used in 36% of WordPress websites
If you are not aware, HTTPS is a safer and encrypted version of HTTP. Currently, 36% of all WordPress websites use HTTPS for secure and faster browsing. The aim is to increase this to 100% in the near future.
Fastest growing web platform
(Source: Torque magazine, Google)
The fastest web publishing platform in undoubtedly WordPress. A study by Torque Magazine shows that WordPress searches increased by 50%, since May 2020.
One of the greatest advantages of WordPress is its quick installation, in less than 5 minutes! Even if you are busy professional, this takes you just 5 minutes, which you can easily spare for an outstanding website.
Jetpack – most popular marketing plugin
For digital marketers, Jetpack is the most popular plugin, which offers a variety of options. This plugin facilitates commands, such as security, traffic insight, social media and backups.
3 recommended WordPress hosting providers
The official content management system page recommends three main WordPress providers: SiteGroud, Bluehost, and Dreamhost.
General WordPress statistics and facts – 2021
More than 1000 global employees
WordPress has 1,273 employees working for it, worldwide. The majority are based in the USA; however, there are employees literally in every corner of the globe. This diverse group work harmoniously and tirelessly to ensure that WordPress is accessible to people, irrespective of location.
Launched in 2003
WordPress was first launched on May 27, 2003. This makes it one of the earliest CMS tools. It has evolved and come a long way, since its conception back then.
More than 44,000 code submissions
Since WordPress is an open-source platform, people all over the globe can contribute. By 2021, it was estimated that more than 100 global web developers had contributed almost 44,224 codes and algorithms for the smooth functioning of the platform.
128-word camps in 48 countries
According to a report in 2017, WordPress has conducted 128-word camps in 48 countries with more than 2000 speakers and 1000 sponsors. This shows that WordPress is a truly global platform.
4,379 meetings in 73 countries
With the help of the ‘events’ widget in WordPress, around 4,379 meetings could be held in 73 countries worldwide in 2017. What’s even more mind blowing is that a million users attended these meetings.
Popular sites can be usually found on wordpress.org
A few of the leading websites such as Obama Foundation, Houston Zoo and City University of New York utilizes wordpress.org platform.
Average salary of a WordPress developer is around $54,000
Based on data collected from payscale.com in 2021, WordPress developers in the US alone earn around $54,129 on average per year. Senior developers, with years of experience can also earn more than $100,000 from WordPress alone.
Denied 61% of DMCA notices
If you are not aware of what is a ‘DMCA notice’, these are warnings issued by corporations or individuals, if they think that any content on WordPress infringes on intellectual property rights. According to WordPress, 61% of these DMCA notices were waived till June 2018.
Denied 65% of government information requests
Although WordPress believes in cooperating and collaborating with the government invalid instances, it strongly opposes sharing information that violates the blogger’s right to freedom of expression. Hence, by June 2018, the platform had denied 65% of such government requests. This shows that WordPress truly values the privacy of its platform users.
WordPress is the most popular CMS globally and is becoming popular more and more, by the day. The above statistics and facts show the advantages of the platform, such as SEO friendly, security, a wide variety of plug-ins, themes, language choices, and much more. WordPress has definitely been transformed from a beginner’s blogging platform to a global platform used by celebrities and brands worldwide. The use of e-commerce plugins also allows entrepreneurs and businesses to run their operations smoothly online.