No dubts that WordPress is today the most prominent CMS out there. WordPress has risen to superstar status in the blogosphere in the 11 years since it was released.
If you are thinking that you already know how popular WordPress is, think again.
These simple WordPress usage statistics from ManageWP can give you pause for thought.
48% of Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs Are Managed With WordPress
This statistic speaks volumes about WordPress popularity. If you decide to go with WordPress, you will definitely be with good company. The New York Times, CNN, Mashable, and eBay all run their blogs on the most popular CMS in the world, WordPress.
74.6 Million Sites Depend on WordPress
Around 50% of this figure is hosted on the free WordPress.com. In the realm of self-hosted sites, WordPress accounts for 18.9% of all websites.
WordPress-Related Keywords Score 37 Million Searches Per Month
The keyword “WordPress” alone receives over 450,000 exact match searches every month.
When you count the searches of all keywords with WordPress or WP, the common abbreviation for WordPress, the monthly figure is a whopping 37 million searches.
WordPress is searched five times as much as Joomla and nine times more often than Drupal.
40 Translations of WordPress
If English isn’t your first language and you would rather have Croatian, Dutch, Estonian, French or Finnish governing your dashboard, you’re in luck. The WordPress team is actively updating their list with new language translations all the time.
WordPress.com Gets More Unique Visitors Than Amazon
WordPress.com records an astonishing 126 million unique visitors per month, while Amazon falls quite a way behind, clocking in at 96 million uniques per month.
WordPress.com Employs Only 229 People
It’s hard to believe but true. The site that receives 130% the unique visits of Amazon employs only 229 people.
6 New WordPress.com Posts Every Second
Every second, close to 6 (february 2014) new posts are published on WordPress.com blogs. That averages out to 342 posts per minute. Just above 20,000 per day. And a total of 7.49 million annually.
Not only is WordPress.org the world’s most popular self-hosted CMS solution, but the free version is also second in popularity on the list of free blogging platforms.
29,000 WordPress Plugins and Growing Daily
Without doubt, the number one feature that sets WordPress apart from any other CMS is their plugins. Plugins extend and capitalize on the functionality of WordPress.
WordPress.org’s database of plugins has recently hit 29K and a new one is added nearly every hour. In total, these plugins have been downloaded 286,000,000+ times.
98 Versions of WordPress to Date
Major updates are rolled out once every few weeks. The WordPress.com source code is updated 60-80 times per day, pushed out many times throughout the day. These changes are synced with the WordPress.org platform daily.
46 Million Downloads of WordPress.org
The free WordPress.org platform that supports self-hosted websites has been downloaded 46 million times up until July of 2013, which approximates to 100 downloads every day since 2003.
WordPress Is Most Popular With Business Websites
Of the top 1,000,000 sites in the world, the number of business sites powered by WordPress is five times the number of WordPress-managed news sites.
Akismet Is the Most Popular Plugin
Of all the 19,000 free plugins available for download, Akismet has received the most downloads. The main reason for this is that Akismet comes auto-installed with the newer versions of WordPress.
Akismet has been downloaded a total of 18 million times, a truly mind-blowing figure. The spam protection plugin alone has been responsible for close to .06% of all plugin downloads at WordPress.org. The All in One SEO Pack from Michael Tolbert comes in at a very close second, with a total of 17 million downloads. In third place,with 14 million downloads, is Contact Form 7 , another familiar name to most bloggers.