25+ Facts about Wordpress that will amaze you | Kristiyan Katsarov

25+ Facts about WordPress that will amaze you

By Kristiyan Katsarov
Kristiyan Katsarov
Published on October 26, 2019

At some point of your life, you’ve probably wanted to have your own blog, online store, or a simple web page, or you were at least interested in the ways of doing it most easily. WordPress is a name you came across at least once in your life, even if you don’t know anything about programming at all. Recently, WordPress’s popularity as a CMS system and website creation technology has grown enormously. An idea of the scale of platform development, we can derive from the following 25+ statistical facts about WordPress:

  1. Wordpress’s repository offers nearly 44,000 plugins, downloaded over 1.22 million times.
  2. Wordpress supports 160 languages and 40 international translations.
  3. You have nearly 3000 themes available, which have been downloaded 118 million times.
  4. Wordpress is older than Facebook and Twitter. The first version of WordPress was released on May 27, 2003.
  5. Today, Wordpress is one of the most popular platforms that feeds 27% of all websites worldwide. In the field of CMS (Content Management Software) WordPress has a 76.4% market share.
  6. Wordpress is free. It is licensed under the GNU GPL, which allows anyone in the world to download and use WordPress. The WordPress source code is open and accessible to anyone who wants to learn, use, or modify it.
  7. 83% of hacked sites have not been updated.
  8. 30,000 websites are hacked every day.
  9. Averagely, every 5 seconds, a WordPress site is being attacked.
  10. Wordpress is most popular among Business sites.
  11. 71% of WordPress blogs are written in English.
  12. Wordpress is least popular among news sites.
  13. Wordpress doesn’t generate revenue as a trademark. To protect the freedoms that come from open source of WordPress, its creator Mat Mullenweg also founded the WordPress Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit company that owns the rights to the WordPress brand and uses them to guarantee its freedom, its free distribution and its open source and accessible code, without benefiting from it.
  14. About 17 new posts are published on the platform every second. By doing so, it only counts the sites hosted through WordPress, not those that are used individually, which means that most of them go unnoticed by the company.
  15. Wordpress sites receive 22.17 billion monthly views.
  16. The official forum of the system contains over 2 million topics written by nearly 300,000 active users.
  17. $50/hour is the average cost of WordPress developers. It takes an average 150-200 hours for beginners to build a new site.
  18. 40% of visitors abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.
  19. Celebrities, such as Sylvester Stallone, Jay Z, Kobe Bryant, also use WordPress.
  20. Monthly meetups are being organized by hundreds of thousands of WordPress users in nearly 440 cities around the world.
  21. One of the most purchased WordPress themes of all times with more than 450,000 customers is Avada.
  22. About 8% of WordPress sites were hacked due to a weak password.
  23. Individuals can make money out of WordPress, working as a: WordPress content writer, website designer, SEO freelancer, theme/plugin developer, etc.
  24. A simple search on Google about “Wordpress jobs” turns up nearly 1,250,000 results.
  25. Google Analytics is used by nearly 84% of WordPress sites.
  26. It is the most user-friendly platform, which makes it fun and easy to use because it takes not more than 5 minutes to create a simple website.
  27. The company responsible for WordPress – Automattic, employs only 830 people.
  28. Wordpress is expected to power more than 35% of the web by the end of the decade.

You can’t argue with real data and statistics. Fast, free, and customized for every need, WordPress remains the best site-building system. With a good marketing plan and the use of optimization plugins, you are able to generate high search engine traffic and rankings.