These days I was looking for the most recent WordPress statistics for CodeinWP blog and I realized not only that WordPress is the incontestable leader on today’s market, but also that WordPress never had a strong opponent. And, if you analyze the newest stats, you’ll realize that it’s very likely to stay on top lots of years from now on.
It is growing every day and it doesn’t look like the next two opponents can challenge it with anything.
But the numbers will speak for themselves. Take a look and wonder!
just some general amazing stats
- WordPress is used by 24.2% of all the websites worldwide
- There are approximately 76.5 million WordPress blogs
- WordPress has been downloaded more than 46 million times
- WordPress runs 4.5% of the entire internet
- Only 22% of WordPress sites are up to date
- Version 4 of WordPress is used by 78.6% of all websites while version 3 is still used by 20.7%
- There have been 107 WordPress version releases
- There are 120 languages WordPress blogs are written in
- Around 71% WordPress blogs are written in English. 5.1% are written in Spanish
- Akismet is the most popular plugin (18 million downloads)
Encouraging enough for WordPress’ future?
how is WordPress evolving so fast?
Everybody’s wondering. That’s why specialists made some live stats. Or measured WordPress’ growth every year, month, day… and even second. Here’s what I mean:
- 50.000 WordPress websites are launched daily
- Around 409 million people view WordPress blogs monthly
- 16.3 billion pages are seen on WordPress blogs monthly
- 55.4 million new comments are added on WordPress blogs monthly
- 61.8 million new posts are added to WordPress blogs monthly
- 24.7 million files are uploaded to WordPress blogs monthly
- WordPress sites around the world publish 17 posts every second
- There are 37 million global searches for WordPress monthly
- There are 6 new WordPress.com posts every second
And the icing on the cake…
- This month, WordPress plugin directory just reached 1 billion downloads!
- There are 34.000+ WordPress plugins and counting
what exactly happened last year?
- 18 million WordPress sites were launched
- Non-English downloads surpassed English downloads for the first time
- 555 million new posts were published on WordPress sites
- 670 million comments left on WordPress blogs
- 24.5 trillion bytes of data per hour was the average data traffic
- There were 3.799 million theme changes
- There were 2.966 themes and 35.515 plugins in the WordPress directory at the end of the year
- There were 123.498.018 total theme downloads and 824.474.872 total plugin downloads at the end of the year
- There were 80 official WordCamps held in 29 countries
WooCommerce wins a lot of ground as well because…
okay, okay, but what about money?
We’re having stunning stats, but what about the businesses?
- The 2014 WordPress survey showed 25% of respondents saying they made their living primarily from WordPress. Over 90% people build more than one site and spend less than 200 hours building one
- WordPress developers charge $50 per hour (an average salary of $100.000)
- A user pays an average of $1000 for a full site design.
With the same budget, you can buy:
25 premium WordPress themes or
20 years of hosting or
100 domain names (.com) or
12789 mexican pesos = 850 domestic beers
Not that expensive. It’s for a lifetime.
- A premium WordPress theme has an average price of $40
- 48% of the Technorati’s top 100 blogs are managed with WordPress
- WordPress.com gets more visitors than Amazon (126M per month vs 96M per month)
- WordPress.com has only 299 employees
how is the WordPress themes business going?
- In September 2014, ThemeForest was the 88th most trafficked website in the world
- WordPress authors currently dominate the Power Elite wall of fame by holding 30 of 31 Power Elite spots. Together, they have sold over 1 million WordPress items
- The most successful Power Elite author has sold over 100.000 copies of one theme alone
- Of the 50 top-selling WordPress themes in 2014, 67% are new to the list
- 50% of all WordPress themes on ThemeForest have made at least $1,000 in a month and 5% have made at least 10,000 in a month
- Over 70% of ThemeForest searches are focused around niche themes
Do you still think that WordPress will let the guard down in the next, let’s say, 10 years?
If you’re still in doubt about starting a business or a website on WordPress, I think that all these stats made you change your mind a little. WordPress is a strong and big community and becomes even stronger in time.
May the WordPress force be with you!