WordPress was first released in 2003 as a platform for blogging. Since then, it has grown into a content management system with tens of thousands of plugins and themes.
As WordPress changes, so do the people who use it. WordPress used to be mostly used by bloggers, but now eCommerce businesses, news organizations, and many others use it too. In fact, WordPress is used by two out of every five websites on the web.
Here is a long list of some of the most interesting statistics about WordPress to help you understand how important this open-source content management system (CMS) really is.
Best WordPress Statistics & Facts
- WordPress powers 43.2% of the internet’s websites. (2022, W3Techs)
WordPress will be used by 43.2% of all websites on the internet in 2022, according to W3Techs data. This is an increase from the previous year’s 39.5%. That means WordPress is used by two out of every five websites.
- Users Make 70 Million New Posts and 77 Million New Comments Each Month
That’s about 2,333,333 new posts every day, 97,222 every hour, and 1,620 posts every single minute! Given that an average post is around 300 words long, this means almost half a million words are being written each minute using WordPress.
- Since 2011, there has been an average 12% annual growth in WordPress usage.
Since 2011, WordPress usage has increased an average of 12% each year. As of 2022, WordPress is used by 43.2% of websites. This number is determined by the percentage of websites that use WordPress compared to all other content management systems tracked by W3Techs.
- Nearly 157k posts are written with Gutenberg.
More than 24 million blog posts have been written with Gutenberg. This number is increasing every day, with more than 157,000 blog posts now being written with Gutenberg.
- WordPress powers 65.2% of all websites that use a content management system.
WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) on the internet. It is used by 65.2% of all websites that use a CMS. The second most popular CMS is Shopify, which is used by 6.6% of websites that use a CMS. Wix, Squarespace, and Joomla are next, with 2.8%, 2.7%, and 2.6% market shares, respectively.
- 36.2% of the top 1 million websites are run by WordPress. (BuildWith, 2022)
BuiltWith says that over 36% of the top 1 million websites, like Bloomberg, Nike, and The New York Times, are powered by WordPress. Traffic determines which sites are “top.”
- WordPress Gets 487 Billion Spam Messages Every Month
In the last few years, the number of spam comments has gone up by a lot. The number of spam comments is 6,208 times higher than the number of real comments in a month, according to the Akismet statistics. In other words, there are 487 billion spammers who try to use WordPress.
- There are almost 60,000 plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. (WordPress, 2022)
The official WordPress plugin directory currently features 59,825 free plugins. Some of the most popular are Elementor, Askimet, and Jetpack. These plugins are used by many people to improve their websites.
- The official WordPress plugin directory contains nearly 60,000 free plugins.
As of the time of this writing, the WordPress plugin directory contains 59,825 free plugins. Some of the most popular ones are Elementor, Askimet, and Jetpack. These plugins are used by many people to improve their websites.
- 2,940,000 searches for WordPress are made each month.
KWFinder, a reliable keyword-analysis tool, tells us that the keyword “WordPress” is searched by people from all over the world about 2,940,000 times every month. You can easily imagine how much higher the total search volume would be if we were to include all relevant long-tail keywords.
WordPress has changed a lot in the last 20 years. It started off as a blogging platform, but it has grown into a powerful content management system.
There are now lots of users, plugins, and themes for WordPress, and the platform is also very secure. The statistics above can help you stay up-to-date on the latest developments with WordPress – and give you an idea of how it might change in the future.