Interesting facts about most popular CMS platform - WordPress

Interesting facts about WordPress

WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (CMS) in existence today. It's hard to find out any other CMS that's more useful than WordPress. That’s because WordPress is awesome. Truly, it can do so much, and it does so much on the web that you might not even be aware of. In this article, we are going to show some interesting facts that you should know about WordPress, whether you want to get started as a developer or blogger, or are just curious about what WordPress can do.

So, let's see -

  • WordPress is THE Most Popular Content Management System in the World. Yes! Almost 6 out of 10 websites that are getting built is powered by WordPress and still counting.

  • To get to the fact WordPress currently powering around more than 60 million websites, including 30.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2018,

  • WordPress is absolutely free software which you can easily download from wordpress.org and use.

  • WordPress was first released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, as a fork of b2/cafelog. That makes it older than Facebook and Twitter.

  • Some of the prominent companies in the world join WordPress to build their websites. The sites you keep surfing in your day-to-day life, say, CNN, Forbes, Vogue, MTV news, The Rolling Stones, Facebook (Newsroom), NASA etc run on WordPress.

  • It's based on  PHP and MySQL.

  • The software is released under the GPLv2 license.

  • WordPress has also been used for other application domains such as pervasive display systems (PDS).

  • WordPress.com and WordPress.org, both are different companies. WordPress.com gives all the leisure and access to you on your websites such as plugins, themes and more. While WordPress.org gives you free website on their own base and it lacks plugins installation and the unlimited number of themes.

  • It is not only made for coders or developers. A beginner who knows nothing about coding can also start own website without taking anyone’s help. WordPress is that as simple! It is easy to study it and make a great website. Coding is an advantage but there are many kinds of stuff waiting for non-coders too.

  • WordPress doesn’t have a CEO, rather some parts of the company are directed and owned by a group of people, but no CEO. It's run by volunteer and developers all around the world. There is also a thorough decision-making process which allows anyone to submit bug fixes, patches or newest features suggestion and more.

  • It can be fully translated in 68+ languages and partly translated into lot more.

  • You Can Make Money with WordPress Without Working with Clients. Yes, it’s true. You can earn serious cash by selling themes, or plugins that can be downloaded by the world. There are many companies like WooThemes who started creating plugins long back and ended up getting take up by Automattic, WordPress parent company itself.

  • WordPress plugin downloads crossed more than 1.49 billion total downloads in 2016. Which is, around 49% more than back to 2015 downloads. Huge numbers describing huge things.

  • It's also getting used by thousands of colleges, schools, and universities all over the world.

  • There are more than 50,000 free WordPress plugins available to download that gives you all the functionality you could need.

  • WordPress always releases their new updates after Jazz artists. In other words, WordPress 4.0 was named “Benny”, WordPress 3.0 was named “Thelonius” and the latest, WordPress 4.8 was named “Evans”.

  • WordPress developers and designers are easily making living from WordPress charging 50$-100$ per hour.

  • It’s beyond belief that WordPress.com has only 449 employees. Only 449 people are in charge of developing, updating and maintaining the WordPress.com where employees on Facebook are 25 times more and Google has more than 60 thousand.

  • 6 continents, 65 countries and 68 cities of the world organize WordCamp every year where local communities organize the event in their area. Discussion and information exchange takes place about everything related to WordPress.

  • WordPress.com get an average 22,000,000,000+ pageviews per month, and growing.

  • Same websites post an average 80,000,000 blogs and 40,000,000+ legit comments on average per month.

  • Christine Selleck Tremoulet was a friend of WordPress co-founder, Matt Mullenweg. She suggested the name “WordPress”, but no one seems to know where her inspiration for the name initially came from.

  • Enable Security scan of Alexa’s Top 1,000,000 websites found that 41,106 websites were running WordPress.

  • WordPress gets more monthly unique visitors than Amazon and Facebook.

  • 50,000 WordPress.com websites are launched daily.

  • Automattic denied 40% of DMCA takedown notices in 2016.

  • Celebrities like Beyoncé, Russell Brand, Kobe Bryant, and Sylvester Stallone all count themselves among the ranks of WordPress users.

  • WordCamp Europe 2017 had a record attendance with more than 1900 people from 79 countries. There are 1,277+ meetup groups for WordPress all over the world.

  • A custom WordPress website can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $100,000.

  • The earliest default WordPress themes were known simply as “WordPress Classic”.

  • There are dozens of theme designers on the ThemeForest marketplace who have sold $1,000,000+ in themes through the platform.

  • 17 new posts are published on a WordPress platform each second.



We hope this article helped you to learn many new and interesting facts about WordPress. If you think that we forgot any of the interesting facts, please share with us in the comments below. Thank you!

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