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[Infographic] WordPress 4.1 Gets Roughly 1 Million Downloads Every Two Days + Other Mesmerizing WordPress Stats

Have you ever wondered how big WordPress actually is? Or how wide its domination spreads across the web? … Is WordPress the Genghis Khan of content management systems?

Okay, that last one is probably taking it too far. But nevertheless, WordPress has rightfully earned its place among other online CMS platforms, and not only that, but it has totally dominated that space ever since its release on May 27th 2003!

Let’s take a look at what’s been going on with WordPress recently – some WordPress stats

Starting with some interesting bits and pieces:

  • #WordPress 4.1 gets roughly 1 million downloads every 2 days (Tweet This)
  • #WordPress runs 4.5% of the entire internet (Tweet This)
  • 1,420,000 new posts get published every single day on #WordPress.com (Tweet This)
  • #WordPress 4.1 features 394,243 lines of code (Tweet This)


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The state of the WordPress world:

So today, right at the beginning of 2015, we’re taking a look back at some of the stats and goings-on in the WordPress world in the past 12 months.

As of Dec 2014, WordPress runs 19.1 percent (157,418 sites in total) of Quantcast’s top 1,000,000 sites on the web by traffic.

Want an even more impressive statistic? WordPress actually runs 4.5 percent of the entire internet.

Each day, 13,600,000 people view 600,000,000 pages on WordPress.com (Nov 2014 data).

And what do they read? Well, they can choose from 1,420,000 new posts being published every single day (plus billions of old ones).

Major versions of WordPress get released every 152 days on the average. And just around a month ago, we saw the release of the newest one. “Dinah” is the 25th version of WordPress named after a famous jazz musician – Dinah Washington.

Here are all of the greats who got their versions of WordPress in the past:

Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Michael Brecker, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Carmen McRae, Thelonious Monk, Django Reinhardt, George Gershwin, Sonny Stitt, Grant Green, Elvin Jones, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Jimmy Smith, Benny Goodman.

WordPress gets bigger and better:

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.

How quickly people download WordPress?

The rate is impressive … the newest version is getting downloaded roughly 1 million times every two days, the stats say.

Interestingly though, in spite of this number, the newest version of WordPress is actually one of the least used ones at the moment – only 7.4 percent sites have upgraded to it.

The one version to rule them all in terms of volume is still the good ol’ WordPress 3.0 – currently 16.7 percent of all WordPress sites use it.

What plugins and themes people love?

The top 10 WordPress plugins (by downloads):

  1. Akismet
  2. Contact Form 7
  3. Jetpack by WordPress.com
  4. Google Analytics by Yoast
  5. WooCommerce
  6. WordPress SEO by Yoast
  7. Wordfence Security
  8. All in One SEO Pack
  9. NextGEN Gallery
  10. Really Simple CAPTCHA

The top 10 WordPress free themes (by downloads):

(Warning. The top 5 isn’t very surprising.)

  1. Twenty Twelve
  2. Twenty Fourteen
  3. Twenty Eleven
  4. Twenty Thirteen
  5. Twenty Ten
  6. ColorWay
  7. Virtue
  8. Customizr
  9. Responsive
  10. GeneratePress

WordPress community:

2014 brought a lot of interesting things to the WordPress community, which continues to grow like there’s no tomorrow.

80 official WordCamps were held in 2014, in 29 countries.

WordCamps still not anywhere near you? How about joining one of the 685 WordPress Meetup Groups. In total, they have 169,674 members, in 55 countries.

What will 2015 be for WordPress? Any ideas?

Karol K: Creates content, manages CodeinWP's team of writers and makes sure that every piece of content you see on this blog looks great! / Author of "WordPress Complete" / Professional yerba mate drinker / @carlosinho
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