WordPress started in 2003, and it’s hard to believe that it’s been now running for over 15 years. It has become the largest and most used content management system in the world today.
In this article, we are going to cover 9 incredible facts and statistics about WordPress as we move into 2021.
- It powers a large portion of the internet
WordPress currently powers over 30% of internet-based web content. This staggering figure is a testament to the power of the platform and the consistency of quality it provides to its users.
- It’s hugely popular
Since its inception in 2003, WordPress has been one of the most popular content managing systems out there. It now stands at over 77 million downloads on the 4.9 version, which is a staggering amount. Overall, the platform has had some 1.5 billion downloads since it was created in 2003.
- Tuesdays are the best days
More people download WordPress on a Tuesday than on any other day of the week. Strange, you might think, but it’s true – and the least popular day for downloads is Saturday, surprisingly.
- It’s international in scale
WordPress is a user-friendly system, hosting over 75 million sites. It has clientele from every nation conceivable, so WordPress has taken the extra step of making it available in 160 languages (although only a fraction of those are fully functional).
- WordCamp is the new BandCamp
To cater to their growing online community, WordPress created WordCamp, a multinational meeting of users of the platform from around the globe. It’s hosted in over 65 countries across the world, and run by volunteers. The events are live-streamed across the internet with guest speakers and workshops to help users hone their WordPress skills.
- It has a plugin for every need
You may think that WordPress has a plentiful bounty of plugins available to its users. The actual figure stands just shy of 50,000 as at the time of this article being written. Around 80% of all the plugins are practical applications such as sliders and forms, with Yoast SEO being the most popular for content writers.
- The wordsmithing numbers are out of this world
Writers on WordPress create 70 million posts every month, which makes the post creation around 27 posts per second!
- It’s time to upgrade
Only a third of all WordPress users choose to upgrade their current version of the system, despite reminders being sent from WordPress regularly. Security is paramount on the internet, and with more hackers and spammers targeting WordPress sites than ever before, it pays to upgrade when the option is there. Always remember that with every new update to the system, the security level increases exponentially, ensuring you have the latest software security to protect your content.
- SEO? No problem
Making content that’s rich and appealing to the hungry Google crawlers is always an issue. However, by building your website with WordPress as your CMS, you can rank a lot higher when searched through Google.
2020 was a hell of a year for online content creators, with more people than ever taking to the internet to set up their own web-based sales sites and blogs. The WordPress movement for the coming year is going to be an exciting one, to say the least. Let’s hope they continue to grow at such an exponential rate for the sake of both the creators and the community.
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