102 Significant WordPress Statistics & Facts (2020 Update)

WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS) which was first released in May 2003. It happens to be one of the oldest website platforms out there and also the most popular one.

WordPress is the only CMS that first perfectly to all kinds of web development requirements. Whether you need to build a simple website or a business blog or a fully-fledged online shopping store, WordPress is right for the job.

Without further ado, we will now take a look at some interesting WordPress statistics & facts that show just how powerful this content management system actually is.

1. 34.1% of the Internet is WordPress

Yes, you heard is right. WordPress is now officially the most favored content management system out there.

2. WordPress has more than 60% share in the global CMS market. That means over 60% of all CMS-based websites are on WordPress.

3. WordPress is used by many top websites, including TED, Sony Music, The New Yorker, TechCrunch, Variety, Microsoft News Center, Bata, and more.

4. Over 60 million websites are hosted on the WordPress platform.

5. WordPress, launched in 2003, is older than YouTube, Facebook & Twitter.

6. According to KWFinder data, the term ‘WordPress’ was searched nearly 2,740,000 times per month in 2018.

7. The website base of WordPress increased by nearly 3.2% between 2019 and 2020.

8. With over 500 new WordPress sites being launched daily, WordPress is far ahead of its competitors Shopify and Squarespace.

9. WordPress, with 144 million monthly visits, is fifth in the list of the most visited websites in the US.

10. Some of the popular WordPress plugins such as WooCommerce get as many as a million installations per week.

11. WordPress also tops the list of CMS companies with a global Alexa website ranking of 60.

12. Over 14% of the top 100 websites on the internet are powered by WordPress.

13. As of 2020, WordPress.org has more than 54,000 plugins and over 7,000 themes.

14. WordPress is used by businesses in over 68 languages, with English being the most popular language for WordPress users.

15. WordPress has so far been downloaded 157,563,262 times and counting.

16. WordPress sites around the globe on average receive 17 new posts every second.

17. Over 4.7% of all WordPress hosted blogs are in Spanish, the second most popular language for WordPress users.

18. Over 13% of all WordPress websites use the WooCommerce plugin. The plugin has been downloaded over 60 million times and installed by 3 million websites worldwide.

19. Over 70.5 million new posts are written on WordPress websites every month.

20. WordPress websites & blogs receive more than 52 million comments each month.

21. “WordPress” is searched more than 37 million times by global users every month, including long-tail keywords.

22. More than 25% of newly registered domains are run with WordPress.

23. With over 75 million active users, WordPress is the most-used content management system in the world.

24. WordPress reportedly receives more monthly visitors than some of the popular sites like Amazon and Twitter.

25. WordPress is the only CMS that has ever reached 100 (in July 2014) in Google Trends’ interest score.

26. WordPress CMS is nearly 12 times more popular than Drupal and 10 times more popular than Joomla.

27. WordPress Theme Directory was launched in 2008 and had 2,500 themes at the time.

28. WordPress v4.9, which was launched in November 2017, is reportedly the most downloaded software in the world, with over 160 million downloads.

29. WordPress is available in two variants – WordPress.com (fully-hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted)

30. WordPress plugins have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times already.

31. With only 800+ employees worldwide, WordPress is smaller than most of the popular tech companies in size yet more powerful than many of them.

32. On average, WordPress gets a new major version every 152 days.

33. So far, 317 different versions of WordPress have been announced.

34. Genesis Framework (15,839 websites), followed by Divi (10,397 websites) and Avada (7,308 websites), is the most popular premium (paid) WordPress theme.

35. ThemeForest is the most famous marketplace for premium WordPress themes and plugins. As of 2020, the website had 10,000+ WordPress themes.

36. Akismet, one of the most popular WordPress plugins, has reportedly caught 400 billion spam comments to date.

37. Wednesday happens to be a lucky day for WordPress, as the CMS is said to receive most of its downloads on this day of the week.

38. WordPress has an active user base of 409 million people who visit nearly 21 billion pages every month.

39. WordPress gets a minimum of 1.2 million new domain registrations every 6 months.

40. Yoast SEO, which is a popular plugin for WordPress, boasts 130,801,289 downloads so far, followed by Akismet, which has been downloaded 117 million times.

41. Over 21% of the WordPress code is comments. Out of 394,243 lines of code in WordPress 4.1, 96,924 lines were comments.

42. WordPress has been the most popular CMS for the last 8 consecutive years.

43. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has an estimated annual revenue of $120.3 million.

44. Popular WordPress plugins, including Yoast SEO, Contact Form 7, Akismet, Jetpack, etc. each have 5+ million active installations.

45. WordPress plugins were introduced with Version 1.2, while themes in WordPress were introduced with Version 1.5, both released in 2007. 

46. Avada, one of the most popular WordPress themes, has 526,387 sales as of July 2019 and made a revenue of $31,583,220 for the creators.

47. 93% of the most selling themes on ThemeForest are mobile responsive.

48. 600+ new websites are built on the WordPress platform every day.

49. WordPress v4.9, which is arguably the most successful WordPress version of all time, was developed by 443 people, of which 185 were freshers having no previous experience in WordPress development.

50. WooCommerce, one of the most popular plugins for e-commerce development, has been downloaded over 50 million times and powers 28% of the e-commerce sites.

51. WordPress.org has witnessed a total of 1,250,000,000+ plugin downloads so far.

52. More than 25% of WordPress users (bloggers, businessmen, entrepreneurs, etc.) make a full-time income from the platform.

53. WordPress is free to use. Hosting a professional WordPress website, along with domain name, will cost you not more than $70 a year.

54. Of the top 1 million online stores, over 20,000 are powered by WooCommerce.

55. WordPress websites with outdated versions are more likely to get hacked. Of all the WordPress sites that were hacked in 2017, over 39% were outdated.

56. Being popular has its own drawbacks. Of all the websites that are hacked, over 70% are based on WordPress.

57. The average annual salary of a WordPress developer ranges from $44,000 to $87,000, depending on the experience of the developer.

58. WordPress also holds the record for most files uploaded in a single month. In December 2018, over 70 million files were uploaded by different WordPress website owners.

59. As of 2019, over 36% of WordPress websites have HTTPS enabled, which is 14% higher than the previous year.

60. WordCamps are the unofficial conferences organized by the WordPress community to discuss everything related to the CMS.

61. WordCamps are held all over the world. In 2018, nearly 139 WordCamps were organized in different parts of the globe.

62. Freelance WordPress developers usually earn in the range of $10 to $300 per hour.

63. WordPress has nearly 76.5 million websites, with 50,000 new sites being created daily.

64. WordPress has been built with PHP and MySQL database. It took over 70+ developers to build the WordPress core.

65. Employees at WordPress get an average salary of $66,775, according to data by SimplyHired.

66. $1,000 is the average cost paid by people for a fully-functioning WordPress website.

67. The cost of developing a custom website in WordPress may range between $1,000 – $100,000.

68. WordPress (fully-hosted platform) has blogs in more than 120 languages, of which 71% are in English.

69. “Kubrick” and “WordPress Classic” are two of the oldest and popular WordPress themes.

70. WordPress is one of the easiest-to-use platforms. It roughly takes 5 minutes to install.

71. There are over 2 million topics on the official WordPress support forum.

72. WordPress was launched in 2005 as a free blogging platform on the WordPress.org software. It continues to offer free hosting to websites and blogs worldwide.

73. The average price of a premium WordPress theme is $59.

74. WordPress supports almost every web host out there, which means you can install and use WordPress software with any hosting provider.

75. WordPress is platform-independent. In addition to offering most of its themes in the responsive format, it also has native apps for almost all major platforms, including iOS and Android.

76. Each of the top 30 plugins in the WordPress official directory has been installed more than 1 million times.

77. Jetpack WordPress plugin has been downloaded 93 million times and counting.

78. WordPress is preferred even by Google. The website ranks higher than most of its competitors for all related search engine queries.

79. 62.26% of the top 1 million websites in the world use a content management system, of which 51% use WordPress.

80. WordPress is preferred and recommended by over 50% of CMS users and web designers.

81. WordPress has been translated into 180 different languages so far, including many local languages.

82. Each WordPress version is named after a popular Jazz musician. The very first WordPress version – 1.0 aptly – was named after jazz singer Miles Dewey Davis III.

83. Out of all WordPress offerings, plugins are the most prone to vulnerabilities such as hacking, especially the outdated plugins.

84. Gravity Forms, Timthumbs and Revslider are the top 3 most hacked WordPress plugins.

85. WordPress is open-source and freely available for download and use for any personal/professional purpose.

86. By the end of 2020, WordPress is expected to occupy 40% share of the web.

Some more Interesting Facts and Statistics about WordPress

87. In 2017, Automattic had to shut down its San Francisco office because most of their 550 employees were working remotely.

88. With WordPress, you have multiple options to make money even if you don’t want to work with clients. These include blogging, theme and plugin development & sale, advertising, etc.

89. The name WordPress was reportedly suggested by Christine Selleck Tremoulet, a friend of Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress).

90. Wappu, the official mascot of WordPress, was created by the Japanese community members.

91. WordPress is owned by Automatic and managed by the WordPress Foundation, a non-profit organization.

92. WordPress was used by a popular TV show to create a mockup of a missile guidance system.

93. WordPress doesn’t have a CEO. Matt Mullenweg is the CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.

94. Despite it being completely free to update WordPress, most of the site owners (over 60%) still run an older version.

95. WordPress based products and services make a multi-billion dollar economy. 

96. The new Gutenberg editor introduced with WordPress version 5.0 has been named after Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press in the 15th century.

97. In 2016, WordPress plugin downloads surpassed 1.48 billion, a 48% growth since 2015.

98. The official watermark logo of WordPress was introduced in 2005, two years after the launch of the CMS.

99. WordPress is used by government websites as well as the websites of many reputed colleges & universities all around the world.

100. Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, was only 19-year old when he launched the CMS.

101. 20% of the WordPress core code is written in JavaScript.

102. Gutenberg, the new editor which replaced classic editor is named after Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of a printing press with movable type more than 500 years ago.

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