WordPress Powers 43% of All Websites Worldwide

Last Updated on March 3, 2022 by Sunny Staff

WordPress continues to grow strong. The folks at San Francisco-based Automattic have a good reason to celebrate. Its WordPress content management system (CMS) now powers 43% of all sites on the web.

Top CMS Rankings Are In

That’s according to W3Techs, a service run by Austrian consulting firm Q-Success that surveys the top 10 million sites ranked on Alexa. Its statistics are updated daily, and WordPress now accounts for about 60% of the CMS market.

WordPress Stats

WordPress has been in the lead for a good while now, with rival systems like Joomla, Drupal, Wix, Shopify, and Squarespace trailing by a huge margin. For instance, Shopify takes the #3 spot with 4.4% of sites. It’s worth noting that 34% percent of all sites are either built from scratch or utilize CMSs not monitored by W3Techs.

  • WordPress has a 65% market share in the CMS market
  • WordPress powers about 35% of the world’s top 10,000 websites
  • More than 500 websites are built each day on WordPress
  • The WordPress plugin directory features almost 60,000 plugins

WordPress Offers More Access to Great Features

WordPress’s growth is good news for companies and organizations that use WordPress or want to leverage the platform’s simplicity. For example, they now have access to a larger community of developers who build plugins and themes for the open-source CMS and web hosts who offer WordPress management services, and designers who offer clients WordPress-based sites and shops.

Let’s take a look at a few of the great benefits of running your site on WordPress:

  • WordPress is free
  • Special HTML editing or FTP software isn’t required
  • Hosting is super affordable
  • Search engines love WordPress’s clean and simple code
  • A wide variety of themes make website design a snap and your website 100% customizable
  • Adding website content and blogs is fast and straightforward
  • With 60,000 plugins available, you can do just about anything on your website
  • In addition, WordPress is super scalable and can grow along with your business
  • Lastly, with WordPress’s massive ecosystem of experts, help is always just around the corner

WordPress has Come a Long Way

It’s come a long way since it came into existence back in 2003, having forked into two versions: a self-hosted one that’s available for free and a hosted option at WordPress.com that bundles additional services and support into its offering for ease of use.

The founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, had no idea that what they started back in 2003 would eventually benefit millions of people worldwide – spawning an entire industry of developers, agencies, designers, bloggers, freelancers, and consultants to help maintain the WordPress ecosystem.

Given its massive user base and the community that supports its open-source development, it doesn’t look like it’ll be giving up the keys to the CMS kingdom anytime soon.

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