Why WordPress?
Features and facts

November 14, 2019
November 14, 2019 Marianna OLE

In the majority, every website we visit on the Internet looks different.
Of course, they all have some standard features, but each of them is unique.
However, under all of this, most of the websites we use daily have one thing in common: WordPress.

If you are not a blogger or a web developer, you may have never heard of WordPress, but if you use the Internet, you are probably interacting with WordPress in one way or another.

That is why WordPress is the most popular website creation and management platform in the world.

It is a universal, easy to use, and, perhaps most importantly, completely free platform.
So that loggers, companies, schools, and governments around the world rely on it to ensure their online presence.

It is, therefore, not surprising that WordPress has had a powerful impact on the Internet.

To see how WordPress has had an impact on the Web, I have compiled 15 of the most interesting facts about the platform.

WordPress Usage Growth 2011-2019

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a content management system (CMS).

It means that it is a platform that is used to create and manage content online.

We know many different types of content management systems, but what sets WordPress apart is that you can use it without real technical knowledge.

There is a small learning curve, but to use the basic WordPress, you do not need to have any developer experience at all.

Another interesting thing about WordPress is open source software; that is, no one owns it.

Instead, the development community works on this together and publishes it for free to the general public.

As we know, WordPress was launched in 2003, but there have been many updates since then.

WordPress currently operates as a nonprofit organization called the WordPress Foundation.

The founder, Matt Mullenweg, created this foundation to protect the name of WordPress, as well as to preserve its open-source software status.

The fact that WordPress is free does not make a profit, but millions of people use it around the world, which is part of what makes the software so interesting.

It is hard to find something as generous in the modern world.

“Websites promote you 24/7: No employee will do that.”
Paul Cookson

How has WordPress changed the Web?

The primary function of WordPress in the development of the Internet is to make it easier for people to launch a website.

A few decades back, it took some high-tech skills and a lot of patience – two things that most people don’t have.

Thus, when WordPress appeared, it filled the void in the market, making it very easy for ordinary people to start and create a website.

In this sense, we can argue that WordPress has helped make the Web a free and open space.

This platform helped remove many of the barriers to entry when it came to the Internet, which allowed more people to express their opinions or start the business that they always wanted to open.

Today, the popularity of WordPress continues to grow, which means that we can expect it to continue to influence the Internet.  

However, how the internet can affect WordPress in the future remains unanswered.

 

1. WordPress dominates the CMS market.
In fact, there is no even a lot of competition.

There are at least 20 options in the “Everything Else” category, and they control less than 25 percent of the market.
As a result, WordPress has a monopoly.
Since this is a nonprofit organization, and also because it is free and so easy to use, it seems that not many people pay attention to the fact that in the CMS market, in fact, one organization dominates.

2. Every six months we have a million new WordPress domains.
Those who are interested in launching a website almost automatically assume that WordPress is needed for this.

3. WordPress is global.
Initially, WordPress was only offered in English, but as it grew, it was delivered in different languages.

There are translated versions available in over 60 languages, but they are incomplete.

In 2014 non-English WordPress downloads exceeded English ones, demonstrating how fast WordPress spreads all over the world.

In addition to WordPress versions, WordPress publishes content in more than 120 languages, the most popular of which are English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Indonesian.

4. WordPress receives 175 million unique visitors per month.
These statistics apply only to WordPress.org and not too many blogs using WordPress.

At WordPress.org, users can get help by asking questions on the support forums, reading tips, downloading the latest version, and donating to WordPress.

This traffic makes WordPress one of the most popular platforms in the world and demonstrates how large the global WordPress community is.

5. WordPress.com blogs receive over 409 Million views per month.
Can you imagine that WordPress.com blogs have 409 million views per month, and it is roughly equivalent to what Reddit gets?

6. Every six seconds a blogger writes a new WordPress post.

This statistic is taken from WordPress and shows how often people publish content in WordPress.

7. 34 percent of web users use WordPress.
To understand the role WordPress plays on the modern Internet, keep in mind that about a third of the Internet uses software.

It may not seem very impressive since it means that two-thirds do not use software, but we must remember that not every website uses third-party content management systems.

Many companies pay for creating their own, so it’s more important to focus on the share of WordPress in the CMS market.

8. 14 of the top 100 sites in the world use WordPress
WordPress is not used only by bloggers and small businesses. Many large companies rely on this for their websites.

Here some examples: the New Yorker, CNN, TED, Disney, Target, Microsoft, etc.
There are also several major universities, such as Harvard, the University of Berlin, and the University of Melbourne, etc.

9. WordPress is 100 percent free
The founders of WordPress created software to make it easier for people to build websites rather than get rich.

They were able to maintain this philosophy until today, which means that the people who work on WordPress so that they don’t get paid better.
WordPress collects donations, but they are 100% voluntary.

10. WordPress makes SEO easier
Here is an excellent example of how WordPress has genuinely changed the Web.

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a massive part of the marketing strategy of most companies.
It is a content creation process that works well in search engines to drive more traffic.

Many things determine how well you work with SEO, but Google executives have pointed out the fact that it was using
WordPress helps solve 80-90 percent of the crawl problems Google faces and means that using WordPress it makes it easier for you to be ranked on Google.
It is a good reason for anyone who wants to create a successful website to use WordPress on top of any other CMS.

11. WordPress.org and WordPress.com they are not the same thing

Mainly, to try to make some profit, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg founded Automattic, and its main focus was WordPress.com.

This service offered comprehensive blogging, including hosting (which
does not WordPress.org) for a monthly fee.

Topics are limited and must be purchased, while paid systems host other features.

WordPress.org always strives to be free, and Automattic contributes to the WordPress Foundation, but both are entirely different organizations.

12. There are over 55,000 WordPress plugins
Plugins are software patches that let you implement more on the WordPress platform.
Some of the plugins analyze your content, others provide additional levels of security, and some allow you to create better menus and tables.

Currently
You can download more than 55,000 plugins, but this number is continuously growing.

This is an excellent example of how WordPress has opened up new possibilities in the world of software and web development.

13. Less than 1000 people work for WordPress

Since WordPress is such a massive operation, you might think that there is an enormous team behind it.
WordPress was created by volunteers and is offered for free, so the group responsible for creating it is quite small.

At present, WordPress has less than 1,000 employees.

To give you an idea, over half a million employees work at Amazon, which receives roughly the same number of page views monthly.

Of course, they do entirely different things, but it is incredible to think that such a significant part of the software is managed by such a small group of people.

14. WordPress developers cost between $ 20 and $ 100/hour.
There is still a high demand for people who know how to work with it outside the surface and create truly unique and exciting sites.

It includes the development of custom layouts and designs in addition to what is available through different ones, and they also help to create unique plugins and other special functions for your site.

Of course, you can do something yourself, because WordPress is easy to use, but sometimes you need a professional to go to the next level.

The low end of the range is $ 20/hour, but many WordPress developers earn up to $ 100 per hour for their services.

15. The WordPress community is huge
Finally, WordPress has helped bring people together around the world.

In 2017 alone, more than 4,000 WordPress meetings were held in cities around the world, and there were 128 WordCamps, which are mostly agreements for people involved in WordPress.

This shows how the software helps not only to unite people digitally but also to unite them physically.

 

Summing Up

It’s hard to find something similar or more powerful than WordPress.

Millions of people around the world use it, and because it is so good and also because it is free.
I am always grateful to WordPress for making it easier for us to create websites, connect and turn the Internet into what it should always be: a safe space for freedom of speech and self – censorship – expression.

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Marianna OLE

Marianna OLE

Hi, guys! I published my first article online in 2010, being really far from Singapore. During all these years, I've traveled a lot, designed a lot, and met tons of amazing people. And I have stories and moments to share. Did I improve my writing skills from 2010? Probably 😊 But only you, my readers, can tell me about it. You ask me many questions about website design, WordPress development, photography, and my personal interests. So, here you can find answers to your questions because I'd like others to benefit from your curiosity 😁 . I am grateful for your questions and lessons, and I am ready to move on!

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