WordPress Now Powers 30% of Websites, according to data from web technology survey firm W3Techs.


WordPress is founded in 2003 and since then, this widely popular platform evolved so much that anyone can install it and use it in matter of minutes, without any programing skills. If you want to know how many websites exactly are using WordPress, I’ll have to disappoint you with the fact that there are no official statistics available. The rough estimate of active installs is around 81 million with more than 2.9 billion published posts.

Scaling Up

This represents a 5 percentage point increase in nearly two and a half years, after WordPress hit the 25 percent mark in November 2015. It’s worth noting here that this figure relates to the entire Web, regardless of whether a website uses a content management system (CMS) or not. If we’re looking at market share, WordPress actually claims 60.2 percent, up from 58.7 percent in November 2015. By comparison, its nearest CMS rival, Joomla, has seen its usage jump from 2.8 percent to 3.1 percent, while Drupal is up from 2.1 percent to 2.2 percent.

The best way to illustrate how quickly the numbers are going up is to take a look at official WordPress downloads counter. WordPress 4.7 has been downloaded more than 73 million times, the more precise figure is around 73,054,584. And here we’re talking only about the latest version downloaded from official WP site and updates are not included in this number. So, since 4.7 version rolled out, approx. 73 (+ -) million new WordPress sites are online.

Google monthly searches for WordPress

WordPress Usage Statistics and other data

  • 81+ million sites
  • 2.9 billion posts
  • 49,000+ plugins
  • 47.2 million comments per month
  • 29 billion monthly pageviews
  • 77 million WordPress.com blogs
  • 32 new posts are published each second
  • Less than 50% of WordPress sites are up to date (core, plugins)
  • 72 translations available
  • 49 scheduled WordCamps in 2017 in more than 30 countries