If you’re a WordPress developer, you already know that WordPress is a great tool to use to build a website. But you might be wondering how your potential clients and fellow developers are using WordPress.
State of the Word – WordPress Yearly Surveys
Matt Mullenburg, founder and CEO of WordPress, addresses some of these questions in his state of the word survey held each year. The numbers as well as the presentations can be found online for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. This allows people to track the progress of WordPress as a CMS.
The 2014 survey gives you a great overview of how people are using WordPress.
Who Uses WordPress?
Not surprisingly, the range is wide. Big companies, top blogs, small businesses, and individuals flock to WordPress to create websites.
WordPress started as a blogging platform. Yet, there are now few people using WordPress solely for blogging. 69% use it only as a CMS, 20% as both blog and CMS, and 6% only as a blog.
What WordPress is Used for. Taken from State of the Word 2013 (http://www.slideshare.net/photomatt/state-of-the-word-2013)
W3techs.com provides information related to the usage among high traffic site verses low traffic sites and also provides some of the names of big companies who use WordPress
Market position of WordPress in terms of popularity and traffic taken from http://w3techs.com/
Through HackerTarget, you can find out which plugins are most often used and to what extent.
WordPress plugin count from Alexa top 500K sites
The numbers are also available for themes and shows which themes are popular within the top 500k sites found in Alexa.
Popular Themes with the Top 500k in Alexa
Using the Wayback Machine Archive, we conducted a small survey on the growth of the free available plugins and the number of plugins downloaded over the last few years, from which it is possible to see the vast growth in both numbers.
The number of plugins according to this number is growing every year by 20%+ and the number of plugin downloads is growing by 40%+.
Number of Free Plugins Downloaded from WordPress.org
Number of Free Plugins Available on WordPress.org
Many people around the world are making a full time living using WordPress and there are a lot of opportunities for developers to help businesses build sites with high functionality.
As a developer, it’s always good to know how your clients use WordPress. These statistical resources can help you provide better support for your clients. The state of the word survey from 2013 found that the things people liked most about WordPress were ease of use, community, and flexibility.
We’ve given you a lot of numbers and we hope you’ve found these resources helpful in understanding the people behind WordPress sites. Now go get nerdy with them and make us proud! We would love to hear if these stats match up with your personal experiences with WordPress.