10 Mind Blowing WordPress Statistics

WordPress has become perhaps the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world. Today, WordPress is used by more than 76 million sites, or roughly 27% worldwide. This widely used CMS has become a favorite among businesses because of how powerful of a tool it is. Just how powerful is WordPress exactly? Check out the following 10 reasons why your business should switch to WordPress and you’ll see why.

WordPress – Almost as ubiquitous as the Cell Phone!

There’s no denying that WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world. What started off as a personal project is now an integral part of the internet’s architecture, powering hundreds of millions of websites.

Top-Ten Amazing WordPress Statistics

As already stated in the beginning, WordPress is by far the most popular CMS on the web. However, you might not be aware just how popular the platform has become.

First of all, its market share among all content management systems is close to 60 percent. What’s more, its closest competitor Joomla (here is a comparison of the two CMS) is used by only 6.3 percent. Yes, that’s the second most popular content management system in the world!

You read that right. In 2016, blogs that are part of the WordPress network (meaning blogs hosted either on WordPress.com or externally-hosted WordPress sites that have the Jetpack plugin installed) published on average 24 blog posts per second. That comes down to 1,481 blog posts per minute, 88,888 in an hour and just above 2.13 million per day. And that’s not counting those sites for which WordPress cannot collect any statistics.
It appears that all of that activity is paying off, resulting in massive traffic. For this year alone, blogs in the WordPress network have garnered a combined average of 22.17 billion pageviews per month. That’s three times as many as there are people on the planet! Let that sink in for a minute.
And man are those visitors a talkative bunch. Each month of this year produced on average 46.6 million comments. Looks like there are some fierce discussions going on out there. Plus, these are legitimate comments, which made it through the spam protection, mind you.

If the Akismet stats are any indication, the number of spam comments generated at the same time is about 30 times higher. That means besides the legitimate comments WordPress blogs receive every month, they get bombarded by 1.4 billion spammers at the same time. Jeez!

Seeing the amount of data WordPress.com alone can handle, it is unsurprising that WordPress is so popular and continues to garner attention. The platform’s growing esteem is also reflected in its Google searches.

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In the United States alone, “WordPress” as a keyword receives 450,000 search requests every month. Globally that number is up to 2.7 million. That’s not even taking into account people looking for “WordPress templates,” “WordPress plugins,” and other WordPress-centric information. Overall, WordPress-related terms (including those for “wp,” a common abbreviation for WordPress) receive somewhere between 10 and 100 million global searches every month.

As for how the platform stacks up against its competitors: Google Trends sees WordPress 5.5 times more popular than Joomla and almost nine times more in demand than Drupal. Seems like the WordPress usage statistics will only continue to grow.

However, thanks to the large community and the work of a multitude of volunteer contributors, that number is sufficient even for the development of WordPress’ self-hosted variety. The latest iteration alone, WordPress 4.6 “Pepper”, has been downloaded 21.7 million times and counting.
In the past, WordPress has often made headlines due to hacked sites and security concerns, something which its makers try hard to address quickly with new and improved versions (for more security measures, learn how WordPress sites get hacked and what to do about it).

However, not all WordPress users share this approach. While download numbers for the latest version are impressive, overall there are a lot of outdated sites running with WordPress out there. W3tech states that only a little more than a 40 percent (40.8 percent) have updated to version 4.6.

The picture which WordPress.org paints is much the same. According to their data, the percentage of WordPress users running their site on the latest version is 37.1 percent. This much improved since 2014 when that number was at just 11.4 percent, however, users should still learn why and how to update your WordPress site.

Alright, this might be by far the smallest number on the list, but its significance should not be underestimated. Thanks to the vast community and initiatives like the WordPress Global Translation Day, the number of languages which WordPress is available in is steadily growing. From Albanian, Dutch and Japanese all the way to Icelandic, Persian and even Scottish Gaelic, you can set your WordPress dashboard to (almost) any language you like.

In 2014, non-English downloads already surpassed English downloads, a number that has likely increased in the two years since. That means, by now many plugins and features first appear in another language and are translated into English instead of the other way around.

This focus on multi-language support opens up opportunities for WordPress users worldwide. Plus, don’t worry if your preferred language is not available yet (though what more than Scottish Gaelic can you want?), WordPress contributors are constantly working on expanding the list of WordPress translations. Of course, contributions from other users (like you) are always welcome!

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9. There are more than 47,000 WordPress plugins.

One of the main reasons WordPress is ahead of many other platforms is its extendability. Plugins are available for all means and purposes. Whatever feature you would like on your website, in most cases you will find a plugin which can do just that.

WordPress.org’s plugin database recently surpassed 47,000. While this is a far cry from the online stores of Apple and Google, almost 1.5 billion downloads are still reason to celebrate.

An interesting tidbit from the “State of the Word” 2014 was that a full quarter of the people who answered the WordPress survey make a full time living off of the CMS. That’s quite impressive!

If you combine this information with a 2012 survey which found that the median hourly rate of WordPress projects is $50, you don’t have to worry too much that WordPress developers are starving by the roadside.

At Reed Design Group, we take the time to listen to your needs and establish an effective design/marketing strategy that helps your business grow!

The REAL Value of a Good Web Design(er)

A website, combined with a planned internet and social media marketing strategy, allows you to make regular contact with existing clients (Pareto’s Principle says that 80% of our income comes from 20% of our clients so it makes a great deal of sense to keep in contact with them) as well as to market to new clients. And it’s far more efficient and effective than the usual hit-and-run cycle that is usually followed.

A well executed site can bring great value to the business when all three things happen:

  1. The site itself provides useful and pertinent information to the customer without them losing interest.

  2. The designer helps the client with a marketing strategy, or at the very least help get them in touch with a reputable Marketing/SEO team.

  3. As a major part of the business sales funnel,  the Site helps prospects convert to sales or service requests.

When these elements come together, you, as the client will feel great about your design investment in that it has just paid for itself in increased visitor traffic and conversion rates!

Bottom Line:

When these elements come together, you, as the client will feel great about your design investment in that it has just paid for itself in increased visitor traffic and conversion rates!

 Contact Reed Design Group today to find out how we can be a value-add partner to your team!


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