We have compiled this extensive list of the most amazing WordPress stats to help you appreciate just how immensely influential this open-source content management system (CMS) really is.
Alright, let’s get straight into it.
1. WordPress Is Powering 26% of the Web
The reason behind this success is the unparalleled versatility that allows WordPress to be deployed everywhere from small personal blogs, small business websites to powering Fortune 500s like Sony Music and the Forbes blog.
2. Users Make 41.7 Million New Posts and 60.5 Million New Comments Each Month
That’s 1,390,000 new posts every day, 57 916 every hour, and 965 every single minute!
Given that an average post is around 300 words, we are talking about almost 300,000 words being written each minute using WordPress. (source)
3. WordPress Gets 132 Million Spam Messages Every Month
The Akismet stats tell us that the number of spam comments generated over one month is 24 times higher than the number of legitimate comments.
In other words, WordPress gets bombarded by 132 million spammers.
4. More Than 1.1 Million New Registered WordPress Domains Every 6 Months
A survey from last year of global internet CMS usage revealed that WordPress is responsible for an additional 1.1 million domains every 6 months or so.
Users love the convenience and nearly effortless way how to establish an online presence.
5. WordPress Is Searched For 2,740,000 Times Every Month
Data from KWFinder, a reliable keyword-analysis tool, tell us that the keyword “WordPress” is searched 2,740,000 times every month by people from all over the world.
You can easily imagine how much higher the total search volume would be if we were to include all relevant long-tail keywords.
6. WordPress Dominates Google’s SERP with 583,000,000 Results
Yep, that’s almost 600 million WordPress-related search results on Google. For comparison, “sex” gives you 1,670,000,000 results, which is really not that much more when you think about it.
7. WordPress Is, by Far, the Most Used CMS
According to information compiled by W3techs, WordPress enjoys 59.4% market share. The second most popular CMS is Joomla, with 6% it is far far behind.
8. WordPress Is Available in 62 Languages
A quick look at the translation website of WordPress shows that 62 locales at 100%. The total number of available locales is 162.
We wonder how long it’s going to take before WordPress is available in virtually every language in existence.
9. WordPress Is More Visited Than Twitter
With 131 million unique visitors per month, WordPress is more visited than Twitter, which gets “only” around 114 million unique visitors per month, as stated by Automattic.
10. WordPress Has 500 Times Fewer Employees Than Amazon
It’s truly amazing what WordPress has been able to achieve with just 460 employees.
What’s more, these employees are scatter in many different places around the world and manage to do their work completely remotely. (source)
11. Users of WordPress make 6 New Posts Every Second
If you look at activity across WordPress.com, you can notice that bloggers from all around the world make approximately 6 new posts every second.
12. English Is Used to Write 71% of All WordPress Content
The same page also tells us that English is the most used language to write content on WordPress. Spanish is second with 4.7% and Indonesian is third with 2.4%.
13. The Average WordPress Developer Earns $49,185
Statistical information available on Payscale.com unveils that the average WordPress web developer earns a little under $50,000.
14. There Are Currently 44,622 Plugins
The Plugin Directory currently lists 44,622 plugins with 1,279,101,512 total downloads. Yes that’s 1.3 billion downloads! It’s up for a debate whether WordPress shouldn’t take a more active measure to decrease the number of useless or obsoletely plugins in the directory. Nevertheless, you can be sure to know that if you run into a problem or you need a solution that “there’s a plugin for that”.
15. WordPress 4.5 Has Been Downloaded More Than 20,000,000 Times
The latest version of WordPress, WordPress 4.5, has been downloaded more than 20,000,000. Just watch the download counter to see how ridiculously fast the number goes up.
16. Akismet Has Blocked over 100 Billion Spam Comments
Akismet is the most popular plugin for WordPress. The 100 billion milestone was achieved back in 2013. Just imagine how many fake Viagra ads that is.
17. There Have Been 578 WordCamps, so Far.
WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006, and there have since been 577 more of them.
18. Less Than 1/3 of All WordPress Installations Are Updated to the Latest Version
Even though WordPress actively encourages users to upgrade to the latest version, only 27.2% of users have actually done so. More than 10% still use version 4.3.
All users who hesitate to upgrade their website are jeopardizing their security and putting personal information of users at risk. If that’s you, then you should check out our WordPress security tutorial.
19. WordPress is Behind 30.3% of the Top 1000 Websites
This statistic may not seem too impressive when you first see it, but you have to realize that the use of off-the-shelf content management systems is very rare when it comes to large sites with extremely high-performance requirements.
20. WordPress Takes Care of 80-90% of Google’s Crawling Issues
The former head of Google’s webspam team, Matt Cutts, said that “sites built with WordPress are capable of ranking higher in search results because the CMS takes care of 80-90% of Google’s crawling issues.” This means WordPress is SEO friendly.
21. One WordPress Theme Has Earned Over 12 Million Dollars in Sales
The most popular and most purchased WordPress theme on ThemeForest (premium WordPress themes and plugins marketplace) is Avada.
Avada costs $59 and it has sold over 200,000 copies which means to date it has generated over $12,000,000 in sales, and counting.
We hope that our list of top 21 most interesting WordPress stats (2016) helped you find a new appreciation for this influential CMS. WordPress is really a one-of-the-kind website solution that has helped millions of blog and site owners to achieve their goals.
Did any of these statistics about WordPress surprise you? Let us know in the comments below!