WordPress is the go-to option for most looking to launch a website. The number of WordPress websites in 2021 is a staggering 728 million (a number we extracted by comparing user percentage and the total number of websites).
14.7% o the world’s top sites are powered by WordPress, counting the NFL, NBC, and CNN as just a few among the Fortune 500 companies that use WordPress as their preferred CMS.
Now, let’s see what other impressive numbers WordPress has achieved during the years.
The history of WordPress begins with what is known as WordPress 0.5, or at the time, B2/Cafelog in 2001. After a couple of years, in 2003, Matt Mullenweg took over the platform as lead programmer and launches WordPress 0.7 the same year.
As of July 2011, WordPress went on to surpass 50 million blogs, and in 2013 with a 59% CMS market share, it becomes the most popular and used CMS in the world.
Fun Fact: WordPress’ name was originally suggested by a friend of Matt Mullenweg, Christine Selleck Tremoulet.
This number has grown by more than 10% over the years. In 2010, WordPress was known to be used by 51% of the websites, which is still over half.
Apart from that, from January 2021, WordPress usage has grown by 0.7%—going from 64.1% to 64.8% in a span of five months.
We can also see that back in 2016, usage had a significant drop, during which Joomla was their biggest competitor with a 3.3% market share.
While other CMS usage has changed in low percentages, WordPress’s accessibility and user-friendliness have steadily helped it become the number one choice for those looking to build a website.
Part of WordPress’s popularity is that it’s affordable, You can host a WordPress site for as little as $60 per year, and get a domain name for $10 in total. Of course, for a more professional site, these numbers would increase significantly.
This number continues to increase daily. Naturally, new versions will always be the most used ones. Due to this, a huge gap between the percentages of usage of earlier versions and newer ones is expected and usual.
Fun Fact: WordPress is known for codenaming their new versions after Jazz musicians starting from version 1.0, named Davis after Miles Davis.
Some other names include Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, James Smith, and Nathaniel Adderley among others. The latest WordPress 5.7 is codenamed Esperanza after Esperanza Spalding.
WooCommerce is considered to be the most popular plugin on the internet due to its 68% distribution.
WooCommerce supports 66 languages, twice more than Magento with 30 and Shopify with 20.
WooCommerce powers around 28% of all online stores, and 93.7% of WordPress eCommerce sites.
There are 8k+ free WordPress themes on WordPress alone. Meanwhile, one of the largest WordPress theme repositories, Themeforest, has 51k+ themes for sale.
One of the most popular WordPress themes is Choices, followed closely by Divi, Popper, Astra Theme, and Avada which has sold over 675k copies for $60 per piece.
There are at least 90k attacks on WordPress sites every minute, with the biggest threat with over 50% of hack entry points is plugins. The best way to fight against these kinds of attacks is to download plugins from reputable sites only, stay away from abandoned plugins, and always contact the provider in case of attacks.
Other ways a WordPress site could be compromised include brute force at 16.1%, followed by core, themes, and hosting with less than 10%.