WordPress Usage Statistics (2021)
WordPress powers 39.6% of the web
It is quite remarkable that something that was an obscure content management system until a few years back now powers 39.6% (and growing) of the web. The platform’s versatility, which allows it to be used everywhere from a small personal blog to a major corporation’s website, is the main reason behind this widespread adoption.
64.1% of all websites using a known content management system are using WordPress
The WordPress market share is by far the largest worldwide. There are about 46.2% of sites worldwide that do not utilize a CMS; among the rest, almost two-thirds on WordPress.
Close to 64 million,(according to conservative estimates) active websites use WordPress in absolute terms
There is no definitive number for the total websites using WordPress, partly because there is none for the total number of websites. We are basing this figure on the number of active websites in the world (approximately 200 million) according to Netcraft.
WordPress is responsible for an additional 1.1 million domain registrations every 6 months
This is a data point from 2015. The actual figure today is likely to be higher since the number of domain registrations, as well as the market penetration of WordPress, have increased.
34% of the world’s 10,000 most popular websites use WordPress
Figures on how much of the internet is WordPress-based get even more striking when only the most successful websites are considered. These popular sites include TED, Etsy, Whitehouse.gov, Reuters, Yelp, The New Yorker, TechCrunch, and People. Globally admired celebrities like Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, Stephen Fry, and Jay Z also use WordPress for their sites.
Joomla, the third most widely used CMS, has a market share of 3.5%
It’s rare to see such a heavily skewed market where there are many competitors, but one of them has taken such a massive lead. There’s no definite answer to the query “What is the best CMS?”, but the figures do tell a story. Joomla is followed by Drupal and Squarespace with market shares of 2.5%, and 2.4%, respectively. Shopify enjoys a 5.2% market share.
WordPress 4.9 has been downloaded over 159M times
WordPress 4.9 is one of the most downloaded pieces of software in the world. By the time you read this, the count might have surpassed 160 million. The counter tracks downloads in real-time, so you can see for yourself how fast the number moves.
WordPress gets almost as many unique monthly visitors as Twitter does
Twitter statistics show that this platform gets 152 million unique monthly visits in the U.S while WordPress gets 149 million. In fact, until recently, both Twitter and Amazon (currently at 199 million) had lower numbers than WordPress. You realize how impressive this data is when you compare the nature of business for these three entities.
WordPress users produce about 70.5 million new posts and 52.1 million new comments each month
WordPress.com‘s stats on blogging are quite impressive too. The blogging platform continues to encourage a large number of people worldwide to add new content and to spark discussions about it.
Over 409 million people view more than 21.1 billion pages each month on WordPress sites
An even higher number use WordPress blogs for regular content consumption. These blogging stats come from the integrated stats system included in every WordPress.com blog.
WooCommerce has a 27.7% market share among eCommerce platforms
This is important information for online businesses. eCommerce platforms allow merchants to build digital storefronts to facilitate transactions over the web. WooCommerce, a WordPress-based eCommerce platform, is also growing much faster than its main competitors like Squarespace and Shopify.
WooCommerce is used by 13.2% of all websites that use WordPress
WordPress has evolved from being mainly a blogging tool into the lifeline of global eCommerce. Of all the site-building elements like photo galleries, chat forums, and social networking platforms, WordPress website stats reveal that WooCommerce is the most widely used.
Akismet blocks 7.5M spam comments every hour
Akismet is one of the more popular WordPress plugins, which saves users the time spent dealing with spam, one of the major nuisances on the internet today. As the site tells us, Akismet stops twice as much spam every single hour as there are people in Los Angeles!
The top 3 WordPress plugins in 2017 were All in One SEO Pack, WordPress Importer, and WooCommerce
According to the 2017 edition of the annual State of the Word address by Mike Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress, the most popular WordPress plugin is the one that boosts the platform’s SEO capabilities. These WordPress statistics point to how seriously people take the search engine placement of their content now, and why WordPress is the CMS of choice for many.