WordPress Facts & Figures

WordPress is a household name in the blogging sphere. Impressively, 37 million internet searches for the word “WordPress” are made every month. Every second, 17 posts are published on the WordPress platform, and 22% of all new domains in the United States are run on WordPress. Keep reading for more outstanding facts and figures about the number one website builder in the world.

What Is WordPress?


WordPress is a free and open source content management system (CMS), and blogging software, that is widely used for setting up websites. It is written in PHP, a type of scripting language, which makes web pages more interactive. WordPress is licensed under the GPL, or General Public License, that allows software users to manage programs as though they were public domain.

The software enables users to build and customize websites via a central administrative dashboard. A text editor, within the dashboard, allows for modification of content, layout, and design. The massive library of themes and plugins are additional sources of customization.

Websites Are Essential Aspects Of Internet Marketing


So why build a website in the first place? For starters, having your own website and blog is a great way to build your brand and gain exposure for your business. It’s also an effective avenue to get your products and services in front of a large audience and to build your client base. Blogging fosters interaction and connection, which builds trust with those in your niche. This is important because trust is a necessary component of conversions and sales.

A website is a vehicle to house your blog. Content is essential for search engine optimization, and is a vital tool for driving visitors to your site. Each and every post you write should incorporate keywords, which will boost your rankings in Google, making it easier for people to find you.

Readers who consume your content are much more likely to purchase from you due to “The know, like, and trust factor.” The information in your articles will help position you as an authority in your field. Authority and expertise build both trust and brand awareness.

Aside from all these benefits, monetizing a website can be a significant source of income for you. Once you get your site up and running, you’ll want to concentrate on populating your blog with content that is relevant to your niche. You’ll then want to make recommendations for products that relate to your article. When readers click on your links, you earn commissions, which is the essence of affiliate marketing.

Why I Like WordPress


Here’s a list of why I chose WordPress as my website builder over other platforms:

  1. It’s free – (you will need to buy a domain name, but the cost is under 20 bucks)
  2. WordPress supports a variety of sites: blogs, visual sites and eCommerce
  3. The interface is intuitive to use
  4. The customization options, including themes and plugins, is extensive
  5. You can easily add media, like images and videos, to your articles
  6. WordPress is SEO friendly – this is a significant factor because SEO is what will drive traffic to your site

WordPress Themes


One of my favorite features of WordPress is the enormous library of available themes. In fact, it can be somewhat overwhelming because there are so many to choose from. What exactly is the purpose of a theme? A theme is a collection of stylesheets and templates that are used to customize the appearance of a WordPress site.

Many themes are free and can be accessed right from the WordPress dashboard or on WordPress.org. Premium, or custom themes, are also available and can be uploaded directly to the theme’s editor. Themes differ in their layout, design features, customization options, and the types of websites they’re tailored for.

For instance, there are themes that support eCommerce sites, themes that support photography and art-related websites, and themes created for sites centered around food. The theme you choose, and customize in the backend of your site, will determine how it appears to your viewers on the front end. The average cost of a premium theme is around $49.00.

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WordPress Plugins


WordPress sites can be further customized by using plugins for added functionality. There are thousands to choose from. Plugins are snippets of software that are uploaded and activated to a WordPress dashboard to expand the functionality of a website.

Like themes, many are free, but there are also premium plugins. Support is offered with premium plugins, which are typically compatible with the most recent version of WordPress.
When choosing a plugin for your site, it’s important to look at the star rating, how often it’s been updated, and if it’s compatible with your particular theme.

It’s possible that plugins can negatively impact website speed. I’ve had this happen and it takes a little troubleshooting to identify the culprit. Follow the steps above to prevent this from happening.

WordPress.org has over 55,000 plugins in their directory, with over 1.25 billion downloads. WooCommerce alone boasts over 30 million downloads and is the third most popular plugin. WordPress supports a wide range of plugins, including ones for:

  • Optimizing SEO
  • Creating forms
  • Compressing images
  • Caching and performance
  • Security and spam
  • eCommerce and selling
  • Site building and design

WordPress Growth Through The Years?


Through the years, there have been 36 versions of WordPress, with major versions being released every 152 days. WordPress 5.2, the most current version, has been downloaded 37 million times. Approximately 21% of the entire WordPress code includes comments. Almost 52 million websites on the internet use WordPress. Out of the top 1 million websites, 355 thousand have chosen WordPress as their blogging platform.

Each new version of WordPress has added additional capability and functionality. WordPress 1.2 introduced plugins, version 1.5 introduced themes, and one of the most recent versions introduced Gutenberg, the block editor. I can’t wait to see what is offered in the next update.

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Check out this incredible infographic by Amos Struck from WP Clipboard. It’s outlines WordPress statistics in a visually-pleasing format: 

Infographic about WordPress Statistics

WordPress Statistics Infographic

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Key Points


50,000 websites on WordPress.com are launched daily, with about 2 million theme changes every month. There are 76.5 million WordPress blogs, with 70 million new posts added monthly.

Wrap your head around those figures. These statistics underscore the platform’s popularity and ease of use. Consider WordPress if you’ve been thinking about building a website.

Would you choose WordPress over other platforms? Let me know in the comments:)

10 thoughts on “WordPress Facts & Figures”

  1. Hi,

    Those are some impressive figures, it shows how good WordPress is and how reliant people and businesses are on this webhosting  platform. It is simply amazing what goes on behind the scenes in order for you to have a optimally functioning site that will bring in potential customers. 

    It is great when everything goes swimmingly, but can be problematic when a problem occurs and you are trying to work out what the problem is. I always say that statistics do not tell the whole story but in this case they reveal much more about the success regarding WordPress. 

    May its success continue for years to come.

    Antonio 

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    • Hi Antonio,

      Yes, they are impressive figures, aren’t they? Many bloggers and business owners depend on WordPress. Having a functional website is a fundamental marketing tool and vital aspect of online marketing. I dealt for years with website issues on my own. It was nothing short of a headache.

      I’m now a member of Wealthy Affiliate, which has been absolutely invaluable because the tech guys at Site Support have fixed every issue I’ve ever had. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment:)

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  2. Thanks a lot for sharing with us this amazing article and all the explanations given about WordPress.

    I just created my first website using WordPress through an affiliate marketing platform and I can say that I have had some difficulty in managing all the options. I want blog and promote different products in order to earn some passive income.

    I can see that you have an article on how to build a website on WordPress and it’s been very useful for me. Here you stated the best reasons for using WordPress and if you don’t mind I would like to share this post on my social media account where I have a lot of friends who will read this. Wish you all the best! 

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    • Thanks for reading my article on WordPress. The options can be overwhelming when you’re first starting out. My advice is to choose your theme based on the type of website you’re designing, and then choose a handful of plugins to add functionality. And have fun customizing the layout, fonts, and colors. It’s certainly an exercise in creativity!

      Yes, I do have an article on how to build a blog on WordPress, along with several others on my site. I’m glad to hear the blogging post was helpful to you. Thank you so much for sharing my post on social media. I appreciate it:)

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  3. WordPress is the world’s most popular tool for creating websites. WordPress is capable of creating any style of website, from a simple blog to a full-featured business website. You can even use WordPress to create an online store (using the popular WooCommerce plugin).

    You say you’ve never built a website? That’s not a problem! With WordPress, you don’t need any coding or design skills to create a professional-looking site. There are thousands of free site designs to choose from (these are known as “themes” in the WordPress world).

    There is more to say about WordPress but to cut the long talk, WordPress is a good and also cheap-to-maintain website building platform

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    • Hi David,

      Yes, it is. You can create any style of website you want form the WordPress platform. I’ve used it to build a photography site that is heavy in images, an affiliate marketing website, a blog, and an eCommerce store. I was a complete novice at website building, but once I got the hang of it, I’ve built all my sites on WordPress. 

      I like that you don’t need to be a design expert or have any coding experience. It’s fun to experiment with the different themes that are available. I’m most definitely a huge fan of WordPress. Thanks so much for reading:)

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  4. ‘Facts are Stubborn Things’ – written by an old man, Ronald Reagan

    What’s the relevance?  Simply that I’m an old man and so you would expect me to be stubborn.

    But how things have changed. Many years ago, I had a quick look at WordPress and stubbornly said no. I wanted something to help me do my job that was all singing and dancing and not something that (in my view) was quite basic that I needed to add an add-on to do anything useful. I also didn’t trust that it was free!

    I did the same with other technologies. I was a Microsoft (operating systems and software) fan. I stubbornly refused to look into the alternatives such as Linux, Apple, Sage etc. Cheaper or more expensive wasn’t the issue. It was just because I was stubborn and therefore I would search out the negative reviews of such products and use them to justify my stubbornness

    I started using WordPress just a few months ago and damn I have been surprised. It’s perfect for what I need and I’ve only needed to add two add-ons so far.

    Great Post – by the way !

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    • Hi Lawrence,

      It’s okay to be stubborn. I’m so glad you’ve started using WordPress and that it’s meeting your needs. You can be discriminate with adding plugins and still have a delightfully, functional site. WordPress really is free once you’ve purchased a domain name. Happy website building…

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  5. Great and amazing article. WordPress is the best online blogging platform that gives opportunities to earn good profit. I have been a member of WordPress for two years now and I can testify it has really helped my family. I recommend everyone to register on WordPress and start making money with commissions. But remember, you won’t get rich overnight. Thanks for sharing this article and I hope to see more helpful articles.  

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    • Thank you. WordPress really is a great blogging platform builder. I’ve used it for over 10 years to build websites. It’s my go-to software:)

      Reply

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