WordPress Statistics

May, 2021

We’ve collected data from reliable sources in order to create this comprehensive resource on all there is to know about the most popular CMS known today—WordPress.

We’ve gathered stats on how WordPress is used, what language is it used in most, how it has performed over the years, and all about WordPress plugins and versions, among other things.

WordPress is the go-to option for most looking to launch a website. The number of WordPress websites in 2021 is a staggering 728 million (a number we extracted by comparing user percentage and the total number of websites). 

14.7% o the world’s top sites are powered by WordPress, counting the NFL, NBC, and CNN as just a few among the Fortune 500 companies that use WordPress as their preferred CMS.

Now, let’s see what other impressive numbers WordPress has achieved during the years.

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How Did It All Start?

WordPress started as a mere blogging platform, as is now known as not only the most popular Content Management System but also as the most used CMS website builder.

The history begins with what is known as WordPress 0.5, or at the time, B2/Cafelog in 2001. After a couple of years, in 2003, Matt Mullenweg took over the platform as lead programmer and launches WordPress 0.7 the same year.

As of July 2011, WordPress went on to surpass 50 million blogs, and in 2013 with a 59% CMS market share, it becomes the most popular and used CMS in the world.

Fun Fact: WordPress’ name was originally suggested by a friend of Matt Mullenweg, Christine Selleck Tremoulet.

How Big is WordPress?

In 2021, WordPress powers 41.5% of the web.

WordPress usage over the years

Its popularity is at a steady year-over-year rise, which explains why there are 661 new WordPress sites popping up daily on average.

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of the world's top 100 sites are WordPress sites.
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is the estimated number of plugins on WordPress Plugins.

In 2021, WordPress has a market share 64.8% considering the websites whose CMS we know

This number has grown by more than 10% over the years. In 2010, WordPress was known to be used by  51% of the websites, which is still over half.

Apart from that, from January 2021, WordPress usage has grown by 0.7%—going from 61.1% to 64.8% in a span of five months.

We can also see that back in 2016, usage had a significant drop which improved in 2018 right after the release of the Gutenberg plugin.

WordPress yearly market share

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WordPress Usage

With technology advancement, the rise of WordPress usage compared to custom CMS is impressive

While other CMS usage has changed in low percentages, WordPress’s accessibility and user-friendliness have steadily helped it become the number one choice for those looking to build a website.

Part of WordPress’s popularity is that it’s affordable, You can host a WordPress site for as little as $60 per year, and get a domain name for $10 in total. Of course, for a more professional site, these numbers would increase significantly.

What CMS have websites used over the years?

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is the number of languages that WordPress posts are published in.

Although WordPress posts are published in 120 languages, WordPress itself is available in 100 of them thanks to the Weglot Translate Plugin.

Top 10 languages WordPress posts are published in

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What About WordPress.com?

409 million people viewing more than 20 billion WordPress.com pages monthly

70 million new posts are posted on WordPress.com monthly

77 million new comments per month on WordPress.com posts

WordPress & SEO

There are many reasons as to why WordPress is considered the best CMS for SEO, here are a few:

  • Focus on user experience
  • The opportunity to create attractive permalinks
  • Easy metadata management
  • Easy image optimization
  • Fast load time
  • It’s optimized for mobile users (54.6% of web traffic comes from mobile users in 2021)
  • Plugins made specifically for SEO
  • Easy to integrate with software tools
  • SEO-friendly themes

Top CMS' dominating Google SERPs

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WordPress is the best CMS for SEO.

-Julia McCoy, CEO at Express Writers

WordPress Versions

WordPress 5.7 has been downloaded over 36 million times

This number continues to increase daily. Naturally, new versions will always be the most used ones. Due to this, a huge gap between the percentages of usage of earlier versions and newer ones is expected and usual.

Fun Fact: WordPress is known for codenaming their new versions after Jazz musicians starting from version 1.0, named Davis after Miles Davis.

Some other names include Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, James Smith, and Nathaniel Adderley among others. The latest WordPress 5.7 is codenamed Esperanza after Esperanza Spalding.

Which WordPress version is most used among websites who use WordPress?

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WordPress Plugins

There are more than 55k plugins on WordPress Plugins, and their downloads reach one billion and counting

Plugin usage has seen significant increase in usage over the years, due to both the rise of technology, as well as sheer number of plugins on the market today.

How many websites across all internet have used WordPress plugins over the years?

Chart by Manaferra.com

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is considered to be the most popular plugin on the internet due to its 68% distribution.

There are at least 4 million websites that are using the WooCommerce plugin and it has been downloaded over 135 million times, a number that grows day by day.

WooCommerce supports 66 languages, twice more than Magento with 30 and Shopify with 20.

WooCommerce powers around 28% of all online stores, and 93.7% of WordPress eCommerce sites.

Gutenberg

Gutenberg is a close second to WooCommerce when it comes to popularity.

It has over 67 million active installations.

Additionally, there are at least 193 million Gutenberg posts, accounting only for posts that use Jetpack and report whether the post was written using Gutenberg.

Akismet

Akismet is another widely popular and useful WordPress plugin.

This plugin, designed to block spam comments, has over 133 million downloads.

The amount of pieces of spam Akismet has blocked is well over 500 billion, averaging around 7 and a half million per hour.

Most popular WordPress plugins by active installations

SEO plugins
Yoast SEO

5+ million

All In One SEO Pack

2+ million

RankMath

800,000+

Speed plugins
JetPack

5+ million

WP-Optimize

1+ million

NitroPack

60,000+

Page builders
Elementor

5+ million

SiteOrigin Builder

1+ million

Beaver Builder

300,000+

Contact form plugins
Contact Form 7

5+ million

WP Forms

4+ million

Ninja Forms

1+ million

Security plugins
Wordfence Security

4+ million

iThemes Security

1+ million

Sucuri Security

800,000+

Backup plugins
UpdraftPlus

3+ million

BackWPup

700,000+

VaultPress (Jetpack Backup)

60,000+

WordPress Themes

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total number of themes
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average theme price
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theme companies

WordPress themes are incredibly popular among WordPress sites

There are 8k+ free WordPress themes on WordPress alone. Meanwhile, one of the largest WordPress theme repositories, Themeforest, has 51k+ themes for sale.

One of the most popular WordPress themes is Choices, followed closely by Divi, Popper, Astra Theme, and Avada which has sold over 675k copies for $60 per piece.

WordPress theme usage distribution in the top one million sites

Chart by Manaferra.com

WordPress Security

When it comes to WordPress sites, often the biggest concern is security

There are at least 90k attacks on WordPress sites every minute, with the biggest threat with over 50% of hack entry points is plugins. The best way to fight against these kinds of attacks is to download plugins from reputable sites only, stay away from abandoned plugins, and always contact the provider in case of attacks.

Other ways a WordPress site could be compromised include brute force at 16.1%, followed by core, themes, and hosting with less than 10%.

How hacked WordPress sites were compromised

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How Much Do People Make with WordPress?

WordPress developer and designer jobs are not hard to come by and they offer decent salaries

When it comes to freelancing WordPress jobs in the US, 32% charge an hourly rate of $10-19, and 28% charge $20-29.

WordPress developer & designer salaries across the US

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54 million tons of greenhouse gas

That is the equivalent to taking 10m cars off the road.

eMarketer

Publication Date: Oct 2019

119 billion miles of motorway driving

That is the equivalent to taking 10m cars off the road.

650 million barrels of oil

Costing roughly $64 billion.

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Publication Date: Oct 2019

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of smartphone users predicted to make an in-store mobile payment in 2019

The vast majority of mobile payment users are in Asia-Pacific (mainly China) but proximity mobile payments are also popular among smartphone users in India, Denmark, Sweden and South Korea.

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$ 881 Billion
forecasted global mobile payment market size by 2024

This is a huge increase from the $881 Billion in 2018 and is a compound annual growth rate of 23.2% during the forecast period (2019-2024).

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Company Active users Latest figures from
Alipay 1.2 billion+ Alipay (Q3 2019)
WeChat 1.151 billion Tencent (Q3 2019)
Apple Pay 441 million Loup Ventures (Q3 2019)
PayPal 305 million PayPal (Q4 2019)
Samsung Pay 51 million Juniper (2018)
Amazon Pay 50 million Evercore ISI, Investopedia (May 2018)
Google Pay 39 million Juniper (2018)

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Price (per month) £69 £99 £129 £199
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