25+ Facts about WordPress that will amaze you

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.

Why is WordPress free and the right choice for you

One of the most popular Content Management Systems in the world – WordPress is the prefered choice for many many bloggers, e-commerce websites, fashion websites and many more.

It is the most popular and most used free CMS in the world. According to the stats for the market share, WordPress has more than 60%. This means that the WordPress is the choice for more than 30% of total website in the world.

This makes it to be quite popular, well-supported and frequently updated. Keeping its code fresh and up-to date with most requirements, makes it SEO friendly, easy to work – with plenty of free and paid plugins available, that can extend the basic functionality of the CMS.

WordPress was built with idea of elegant and well-architectured publishing system. Its development has started in the early 2001, which makes it one of the oldest players in the game.

WordPress contributors, authors, and supporters, maintain the system quite well. Keeping it modern, easy to use and with great security level. Protecting it from malicious attacks, and keeping the settings to a minimum, so anybody can create a wonderful website with just a few clicks.
Whether you are looking for personal blog, a company website, forum or even an e-commerce website for your online shop, WordPress can offer you all of this.

With its large community, you can find solution to many requirements. With professionally built plugins that extend its features to help you built a perfect, personalized and optimized website, you can freely create any content you wish.
You would think that a CMS that offers so much to its customers would be really expensive, but the things is – WordPress is actually free. You can install it on as many websites as you wish, and as long as you know how to install it (which is pretty easy especially since most hosting providers offer quick installation) with just a few clicks you can have a ready to use website in minutes.

You can build a website in minutes with original and premium design, for less than $100 from the famous WordPress theme markets.

You can find thousands and thousands of free really useful plugins, and many popular paid ones, that offer great functionality and can fit into many different requirements.

You can also find quite a large community of developers that can build you a custom plugin for a decent price.

WordPress started long time ago, and yet it is free. The CMS is well-known, a CMS that large part of the web is using and recommending. If you are looking for an amazing and easy way to create professional website, consider WordPress.

To sum up, I would like to give you top 3 points why WordPress is the perfect choice when creating a website:

  • The market is huge. There are literally thousands of themes and plugins which provide the design or functionality which you need.
  • It is easy to extend. The API and the Codex are really well documented, which allows you to create your functionality pretty easy when you have the sufficient programming knowledge.
  • It is free. WordPress is free and the maintenance level is pretty high for such free software. The community is huge and updates are rolled out on a regular basis.

Create your WordPress theme faster with this boilerplate

Today I released a boilerplate on GitHub which helps you to start developing your wordpress theme… quite fast.

Using the boilerplate I created – link – you can create and develop your theme in zero time. Just clone the repository, install the dependencies and you are good to go.

The boilerplate even has a composer.json file in case you want to use PHP Composer in your development workflow (for example Bedrock).

The tools I’ve used in this repository are:

  • Gulp
  • TypeScript
  • Sass (scss)
  • Composer

Here is a full list of what you can do after just cloning the repository and installing the depencies:

  • You can use TypeScript immediately. If you want, you can import React, just make sure to install it via npm.
  • You can use Sass (scss). Many themes provide scss source files and some libraries (like bootstrap).
  • You can use Composer and dependencies – define your PHP dependencies easily in the composer.json file.

The template contains only one index.php which echoes a string when the template is installed. Except /assets/ there is no other specific folder structure the template provides – you are free to design your php code as you wish. Even /assets/ is adjustable in the gulpfile.js, in case you want even more flexibily or just to reorder the file structure.