50 Facts about WordPress You Probably Didn`t Know

50 Facts about WordPress You Probably Didn`t Know

WordPress is not only the biggest and most popular platform for websites but also one of the most interesting subjects to study. We study it every day to bring you the most exciting facts and nuances but today we have decided to focus on the numbers and events which are connected with WordPress platform.

These are obviously not all the facts about WordPress but the most interesting and those which can show you the peculiarities of the platform you probably did not know before. Sit back and enjoy the most spectacular features of WordPress.

  • 29% of all websites worldwide are powered by WordPress.
  • The first live version of WordPress was presented on May 27, 2003.
  • Such a foundation date means that WordPress is older than Twitter and Facebook.
  • WordPress did not have its famous logo before 2005 when it was created by Santa Maria.
  • WordPress was found by Matt Mulenweg who slept only for 6 hours a day to increase his productivity.
  • WordPress uses PHP, MySQL and JavaScript web development technologies to run its core.
  • WordCamps has 479,434 lines of code, 180,560 lines of comments and 103,820 blank lines.
  • WordPress as a skill for a web developer, designer or copywriter was the most required worldwide in 2014.
  • There were 32 big updates (WordPress versions) up to nowadays.
  • All WordPress releases are named after different jazz artists.
  • 39.5% of all WordPress websites use the newest platform version.
  • WordPress is available in 72 languages of the world.
  • WordPress has a lot of “child” projects which improve its basic features: bbPress, BuddyPress, GlotPress and much more.
  • WordPress official sunglasses cost $5 — a good souvenir for the fans.
  • WordCamp represent the opportunity to people from around the world to meet in different cities to discuss WordPress-based questions and features.
  • The first WordCamp was hold in 2006. For now, there were 115 WordCamps already, in 41 countries of the world.
  • Unofficial WordCamp symbols are Wapuu mascot and Wiggle dance.
  • The latest WordPress default theme (Twenty Seventeen) was uploaded to user websites more than 1 million times so far.
  • The average price of a premium WordPress theme is $57.54.
  • $286,355,265 were spent on ThemeForest for premium WordPress themes since 2008.
  • The bestseller among all WordPress themes is Avada. It was sold more than 350,000 times and have brought its creators more than $21 million income.
  • The most popular free WordPress theme is Zerif Lite. It has more than 200,000 active installs in 2017.
  • Divi has become the most popular WordPress websites` builder. It is used by more than 575,000 active websites. and has been translated to 32 languages.
  • Gutenberg is the name of the brand new WordPress editor which comes live with the 5.0 update (can be tested even earlier).
  • 49% of top 1M websites are using WordPress. The second place goes to Drupal with 5% share and the third place is taken by Joomla with 3% share.
  • WordPress is 10 times more popular than Joomla and 8.9 times more popular as Drupal.
  • 34% of US websites and 36% of UK websites are hosted by WordPress.
  • WordPress` manual installation time requires 5 minutes. Drupal and Joomla require 10 minutes of manual installation.
  • The average update frequency for WordPress is every 42 days.
  • $194 costs the average WordPress project on UpWork (one of the most popular freelance workplace).
  • $71,547 is an average salary of a WordPress developer in USA per year.
  • The keyword “WordPress” gets 1.7 billion of results in Google search.
  • 83.5% of all WordPress websites use Google Analytics web tool.
  • Over 52,000 of plugins are available for download for any WordPress website. And their quantity always increases.
  • More than 1,5B of downloads were done for WordPress plugins.
  • One of the most popular WordPress plugin is WooCommerce. 28% of all online stores run WooCommerce as the primary tool for their core.
  • “Hello Dolly” is the iconic WordPress plugin which only displays lyrics to the corresponding Louis Armstrong`s song.
  • The most popular WordPress plugins are: Akismet (5M downloads), Yoast SEO (5M downloads), Contact Form 7 (5M downloads) and Jetpack (4M downloads).
  • Over 7,5M pieces of spam content is caught by Akismet plugin every hour.
  • Over 2M WordPress posts are published within personal websites by means of Jetpack plugin.
  • 18M WordPress users were compromised during the worst WordPress security breach.
  • 52% of reported WordPress security vulnerabilities are related to plugins.
  • Record-holders by the number of hackers` attacks are: Unus WordPress theme (attacked over 1,5M times) and Symposium WordPress plugin (attacked over 1,8M times).
  • The examples of Government websites using WordPress: Sweden`s Official website, Milwaukee Police News, United States Mission in Geneva.
  • 44,8% of education representatives use WordPress. For example: Georgia State University, Cornell University, Harvard Blogs, The University of Mane, University of Berlin, University of Melbourne, Boston University Study Abroad and so on.
  • WordPress is also very popular among celebrities. Such stars use WordPress for their personal web pages: Rolling Stones, Stephen Collins, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Sylvester Stallone, Katy Perry, Jay Z and others.
  • WordPress has become a home for lots of worldwide-known brands like Disney, MTV, Sony, Microsoft, Forbes, Coca-Cola, IBM, Samsung, Vogue and lots of other.
  • The most profitable businesses related to WordPress platforms are: Automattic ($1,2B revenue), Envato ($94M revenue), WPEngine ($73M revenue).
  • Popular WordPress projects are frequently sold for millions of dollars. Prominent examples are: TechCrunch (sold for $30M), Deadline Hollywood (sold for $14M) and Bankaholic (sold for $15M).

Even more interesting facts about WordPress platform can be found in the infographic below (kindly presented by Website Builder:

Wordpress-Facts-Infographic

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