For a long time, I used to be one of those people who believed you had to be an absolute tech whiz to build a website. Sure, creating a website from scratch is no walk in the park, but thanks to different software freely available today, it’s no longer necessary to learn code if you want to build a site. The whole process is much easier and less time-consuming nowadays, and not to mention cheaper, as well!
One of the best — and most popular — tools for website building is WordPress, a content management system (CMS) used by millions of blogs and websites.
WordPress is a customizable platform that offers thousands of free themes and plugins that can accommodate virtually all needs. It is also easy to use, although, you will have to spend time learning about how WordPress works if you want to create a more complex website.
Like every software tool, WordPress has its good sides and bad sides. The pros of using WordPress are the above-mentioned flexibility and ease of use. The cons include possible security breaches, often resulting from WordPress plugins that are prone to vulnerabilities.
For anyone interested in how WordPress works, we’ve prepared a list of 28 facts you probably didn’t know about the most popular CMS in the world. Read about some of them in the text and find the rest in the infographic below.
How big is WordPress?
In short: the biggest! WordPress has a market share of 59.3%, while other CMS tools like Joomla, Drupal, Magento, and Blogger are all below 10%.
The number of websites powered by WordPress has exceeded 17 million, and WordPress users write about 69.8 million new posts each month. This means that the number of words written in WordPress blogs every day is over 543 million.
The latest version of WordPress, 4.6, has been downloaded 3.8 million times in just a few months, while a WordPress search in Google gives you a dizzying 1.6 billion results.
Themes & Plugins
WordPress offers a wide range of both free and premium themes and plugins. To be more precise, there are 46,291 free plugins and 4,081 free themes available.
Premium WordPress themes are profitable. According to online theme marketplace, ThemeForest, half of WordPress themes make $1,000 a month, 25% of them bring in $2,500 a month, 15% make $5,000 each month, 7% of themes make $7,500, while 5% of WordPress themes can make as much as $10,000 per month.
Best-selling plugins include are: Visual Composer (2340 units sold weekly), Slider Revolution (1411 units), LayerSlider (214), Ultimate Addons (212), and UberMenu (188). The best-selling themes include: Avada (1724 units sold weekly), X the Theme (901), Enfold (617), Betheme (529), and Bridge (501).
The company that produces WordPress themes and plugins is Envato. It’s an Australia-based start-up with 180 local employees and 80 contractors working in other parts of the world. In 2015, Envato earned more than $400 million.
Infamous Security Breaches
The fact that WordPress is open-source software is a double-edged sword. While WordPress has made website-building more time- and money-efficient, it has also made itself a likely target for cyber-attacks:
- In 2011, 18 million WordPress users were compromised to an attack.
- In 2014, it was discovered that over 162,000 WordPress sites were used for Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS).
- That same year, WordPress suffered yet another security issue when it was forced to reset 100,000 user passwords after the leak of 5 million Google accounts.
- Most notably, it was discovered in 2016 that WordPress blogs were used in the infamous Panama Papers Breach, when hackers stole 2.6 TB of data and 11.5 million sensitive documents detailing financial wrongdoing of prominent individuals.
Famous WordPress Users
WordPress boast an impressive list of clients, including some of the world’s leading websites, blogs, brands, companies, and even Hollywood celebrities.
Some of the popular websites and tech blogs that use WordPress are The New York Times, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mashable, TechCrunch, Digg, and many others.
The world’s biggest companies and brands the likes of Samsung, Coca-Cola, and Star Wars are also among WordPress famous clients.
Even some of the world’s most recognizable faces from the world of sport and show business use WordPress. Celebrity WordPress users include rapper Jay-Z, comedian Russell Brand, singer Sir Tom Jones, former NBA player Kobe Bryant, and action movie star Sylvester Stallone.
Want to learn more about WordPress and what makes it so popular?
Then don’t miss the comprehensive infographic brought to you by skilled.co. You’ll find many other lesser-known facts about WordPress, including all about how WordPress page views continue to grow over the years, how salaries of WordPress developers in the US compared to other CMS developers’ salaries, and plenty more.