58 Million Sites Run on WordPress

And counting…

We develop websites using WordPress. Why? Because we believe it’s the best tool available to put our clients in control of their online presence, they can happily add content and update their site as they see fit with minimal help from a web developer. Anyway, we came across some interesting stats at WPMU about the popularity of WordPress and thought they were worth sharing:

  • WordPress 3.3 has been downloaded over 12 million times
  • The latest version of the software was released on 12 December 2011, making that an average figure of 105,263 downloads per day
  • 16% of all websites run on WordPress in 2012. That’s an estimated 58,000,000 sites
  • Indonesians are the most prolific WordPress users on the planet. WordPress is the 8th most popular website in Indonesia. By contrast, it’s the 21st most popular in the United States, and 18th in the United Kingdom
  • WordPress holds 53.8% of the market share for Content Management Systems
  • Over half of all webmasters using any kind of CMS have chosen WordPress
  • Joomla, the closest competitor to WordPress in terms of popularity, holds just 9.2% of the CMS market. Drupal sits in third place with 6.7%
  • WordPress has been translated and localized into at least 73 different languages. This has been achieved entirely on a volunteer basis, by passionate WordPress users in all parts of the world
  • There are 19,017 plugins freely available in the WordPress Plugin Directory
  • Altogether, these plugins have been downloaded over 285,000,000 times
  • Over 20,000 people make their living with WordPress. Developers, designers, consultants, bloggers and countless other professionals use their WP skills to put bread on the table
  • Speaking of which, WordPress skills are in higher demand than ever. According to the latest Online Employment Report at Elance, WordPress programmers rank second place on a list of the 100 most sought-after freelance professionals

Let us know if you have any more facts and figures on WordPress, just drop them into the comments below.

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