The diversity of brands that are using WordPress continues to amaze me. A quick list of some of the brands Pootlepress has trained in 2011 include Yell, The Police Federation, Best Western Hotels, Age Concern, Directgov, Devon County Council, Hackney Council, Wandsworth Council, The Bath Film Festival, and Uniliver.
But Pootlepress have also trained many many smaller companies and individuals who want to take control of their websites and are using WordPress to do it.
And the diversity of the websites our customers are building with WordPress is also expanding. They include (but are not limited to) business websites, e-commerce websites, hyper-local community websites, company intranets, charity websites, holiday rental websites, life coaching websites, business directories, magazine websites and job boards.
WordPress now accounts for 25% of all websites being built today and runs 10% of the top 1000 websites.[hr]
Here are some WordPress statistics…
Google Trends tracking comparison
Here is a Google Trends chart – going back 7 years – of the 3 leading open source web publishing platforms, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. You can see that WordPress is now the clear leader.
And some more WordPress statistics…
Google Keywords search traffic comparison
You can see from the table below that WordPress is the most searched for web publishing system, with over 37 million Global monthly searches. That’s a big number.
WordPress version 3 was downloaded over 35 million times in just 3 months
One final chart…
The following chart was sourced from builtwith.com and shows a comparison of the distribution of content management systems for the top 10,000 websites. It shows that WordPress now enjoys 51% of the market. It’s market share rises to an incredible 62% when you run the comparison for the top million websites.
5 ways you benefit from the popularity of WordPress
- Scalability: WordPress works. With such a huge user base/software developer community you can be confident that WordPress won’t fall over
- Functionality: You get loads of free add-ons. There are now over 17,000 free plugins. Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress.
- Great Designs: There are thousands of great looking themes. Some free, and some commercial from great companies such as Woothemes.
- Simple integration with other systemes: 3rd Party developers make an effort to make sure that their systems talk nicely to WordPress.
- Resources, information and support: There is a growing pool of companies providing WordPress support and information and thousands of articles and forums on the web where you can find help.