Writing About WordPress? Here’s Where to Get Your Statistics From

Okay, so you’re writing a post/article or creating some other piece of content around WordPress, but you want for what you’re saying to pack a stronger punch … to resonate with the reader better.

For that, you need yourself some hard stats.

Raw data is just very tough to ignore and makes everyone pay attention.

The reason is quite simple; opinions are plenty and you can’t tell whether they’re true or false at first sight, but raw data can’t be argued with. Everyone can relate to it, and everyone can interpret it in their own way.

So this is why we’ve created this resource.

Here are the most interesting pieces of data and statistics from around the world of WordPress. Use them whenever you’re working on a new article, blog post, infographic, or whatever else you have in store.

Oh, and don’t forget to share and link. Much appreciated!


Table of Contents
WordPress usage and popularity | WordPress.com | WordPress freelancing/jobs
WordPress development | WordPress themes | WordPress plugins | WordPress community
References

The Ultimate List of WordPress Statistics


WordPress usage and popularity

WordPress runs 4.5% of the entire internet. [12]
  • 50-60% is WordPress’ share of the global CMS market – making it the most popular CMS of them all. [8][2][15]
  • New York Observer, New York Post, TED, Thought Catalog, Williams, USA Today, CNN, Fortune.com, TIME.com, National Post, Spotify, TechCrunch, CBS Local, NBC all use WordPress. [32]
  • 17 posts are published every second on WordPress sites around the world. [4]
  • 37 million global Google searches for “WordPress” are made per month. [4]
Around 15,886,000 websites on the entire web use WordPress. [15]
  • 8% of the top 100 blogs according to Technorati are managed with WordPress. [7]
  • 2,645 of the top 10k websites on the web use WordPress. [15]
  • 22,111 of the top 100k websites use WordPress. [15]
  • 297,629 of the top 1M websites use WordPress. [15]

In 2014, non-English WordPress downloads surpassed English downloads for the first time. [8]

22% of new domains in the US are run with WordPress. [6]

WordPress as a CMS (47%) is nearly 12 times more popular than Drupal (4%) in India. In the US (2014 data), WordPress is preferred by 50% of the users, with Drupal scooping up 17% and Joomla getting 6.44%. [6]


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the number of times WordPress was caught guiding missiles. [33]


WordPress.com

There are approximately 76.5 million WordPress.com blogs. [3]
  • 50,000 WordPress.com websites are being launched daily. [3]
  • 409+ million people view more than 19.6 billion pages on WordPress.com monthly. [20]
  • 54.2 million new posts and 49.9 million new comments are added monthly. [20]
  • 24.7 million files are uploaded to WordPress.com blogs monthly. [3]
In 2014:

  • 18 million WordPress.com blogs launched. [21]
  • 555 million new posts published on WordPress.com blogs. [21]
  • 670 million – that’s how many comments WordPress.com blogs attracted. [21]
  • 24.5 trillion bytes of data per hour transferred at WordPress.com. [21]
  • 3.79 million theme changes took place. [3]

This is how many blog posts on WordPress.com included a:

Twitter embed: 45 million. [17]
YouTube embed: 14 million. [17]
Flickr embed: 23 million. [17]



120 languages are in use at WordPress.com sites. [20]

71% of WordPress.com blogs are written in English. [20]

5.1% of WordPress.com blogs are written in Spanish. [20]

 WordPress.com gets more unique visitors than Amazon (126 million per month vs. 96 million per month).  [7]

WordPress freelancing/jobs

$50 per hour is how much WordPress developers usually charge. [7]
  • State of the Word address says: 25% of survey participants make their living from WordPress. Over 90% of people build more than one site, and spend less than 200 hours on each. [1]
  • $1,000 is what a person usually pays for a full site design. [10]
  • In 2014, WordPress was the most requested skill in the world according to Sketch Themes. [6]
  • 243,161 WordPress projects have been completed on Freelancer.com as of January 2015. That’s a total value of $60,571,205. [6]
  • The most successful Envato Power Elite author has sold over 100,000 copies of one theme alone. [14]
WordPress.com has only 394 employees. [18]

  • Facebook has the same number of monthly unique visitors (US) as WordPress.com, but they employ 25 times more people. [18]

WordPress development

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There have been 27 major versions of WordPress released since the platform’s inception. [24]
  • Major versions of WordPress get released every 152 days on the average. [12]
  • 22% of WordPress sites are running on the latest version of WordPress. [4]
  • WordPress 4.3 has been downloaded more than 17 million times. [23]
  • WordPress 4.x is used by 81.1% of all WordPress websites, while WordPress 3.x is still used by 18.2%. [5]
  • 56 – the number of official translations of WordPress. [27]
  • WordPress 4.1 features 394,243 lines of code (96,924 of those lines are comments.). In comparison with the previous major release, 17,599 lines were added. [12]
  • Around 21% of the whole WordPress code are comments. [30]

The milestones:

  • Version 1.2 – plugins are introduced. [34]
  • Version 1.2 – localization is introduced. [34]
  • Version 1.5 – the first version of WordPress that allowed us to have multiple themes. [35]


WordPress themes

123,498,018 total theme downloads from WordPress.org in 2014. [8]
  • A premium WordPress theme has the average price of $40. [10]

Among the 10 most popular free themes on WordPress.org, only 3 come from third-party developers (not developed by WordPress.org or Automattic). They are: Swift, Zerif Lite, ColorWay. [29]

ThemeForest:

  • 50% of all WordPress themes on ThemeForest have made at least $1,000 in a month, and 5% have made at least 10,000 in a month. [14]
  • 25% of all WordPress themes on ThemeForest have made at least $2,500 in a month. [14]
  • 15% of all WordPress themes on ThemeForest have made at least $5,000 in a month. [14]
  • 7% of all WordPress themes on ThemeForest have made at least $7,500 in a month. [14]
  • 93% of overall ThemeForest sales come from responsive themes. [14]
  • Over 70% of ThemeForest searches are focused around niche themes. [14]


WordPress plugins

WordPress.org plugins received 1 billion total downloads, and counting. [26]


40,000+ WordPress plugins in the official directory, and counting. [22]

824,474,872 total plugin downloads happened on WordPress.org in 2014. [8]


  • 35+ million total downloads is what makes Akismet the most popular plugin of all time. [25]
  • 11 plugins have reached more than 7+ million downloads. They are: WooCommerce, NextGEN Gallery, WordPress Importer, WP Super Cache, Google Analytics by Yoast, Google XML Sitemaps, Jetpack, Contact Form 7, Yoast SEO, All in One SEO Pack, Wordfence Security. [19][28]
  • 19 plugins have reached the 1+ million active installs mark. They are: Hello Dolly, W3 Total Cache, Contact Form 7, Really Simple CAPTCHA, All in One SEO Pack, Google Analytics by Yoast, Google XML Sitemaps, WordPress Importer, Regenerate Thumbnails, WooCommerce, WP-PageNavi, WP Super Cache, Jetpack, TinyMCE Advanced, NextGEN Gallery, Wordfence Security, Yoast SEO, Advanced Custom Fields, Akismet. [28]
  • On CodeCanyon, 80% of searches are focused on functionality (i.e. sliders, forms, calendars). [14]

WordPress community

  • There were 80 official WordCamps held in 29 countries in 2014. [12]
  • There are 840+ meetup groups for WordPress all over the world. [16]
  • 249,973 active members in WordPress meetup groups all over the world. [16]
  • 66 countries and 535 cities is where you can find WordPress meetup groups. [16]
  • 2,030,000+ topics on the official WordPress support forum. [31]
Thanks, HubSpot and Neil Patel for inspiring us to create this resource.


References:
  • 15,886,000 websites use WordPress, 76.5 million WordPress
    blogs, and 123,498,018 total of downloads? Wow! Amazing facts about WordPress!
    No wonder that the number of plugin downloads will continue to grow and so as
    the number of blogs and themes.

    It is stated above that there are 297,629 of the top 1M
    websites use WordPress, a proof that WordPress is a huge/big, strong and
    trustworthy when it comes to blogging or providing website’s needs.

    $50 per hour is how much WordPress developers usually
    charge? That’s very enticing! Pretty sure many will have the interest to enter
    or be part of the WordPress team.

    Great post and very informative! This will magnet more
    people to create their own website with the help of WP.

  • Wow, this is very interesting. I love WordPress and had no idea it was this popular!

  • Thanks! Your numbers are also great. Thanks for sharing.