It was the year 2003 when WordPress first appeared in front of the developers community. It’s founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little introduced WordPress as a fork of b2/cafelog. Being a free and an open source content management system (CMS) , many big companies are now using WordPress for their websites.
Now a days, WordPress is being used by almost 28.3 percent of all websites across the web. Let’s have a look on some of the interesting facts about the world’s most used CMS.
- WordPress has beaten Joomla and Drupal to become the world’s most popular content management system.
- WordPress has 51,040 plugins and counting. The number is pretty huge if we compare it with other CMS.
- 74,652,825 websites are now using WordPress and it would be interesting to note that 50 percent of this number are using free WordPress.com. In the ocean of self hosted sites, only 18.9 percent of all website are hosted on WordPress account.
- WordPress users generate 79.2 million new blog posts and 39.1 million new comments every month.
- WordPress is being used by many big brands including – TechCrunch, TED, CNN and many more.
- NASA is using WordPress for many of its websites like open.nasa.gov, data.nasa.gov, and code.nasa.gov.
- With the enhancement in the popularity of WordPress, companies have also increased the hiring of WordPress developers.
- WordPress version 4.8 “Evans” released on June 8, 2017. Since then, the version alone has been downloaded 9 million times and counting. Download counter gives a better idea of how quickly the number is growing.
These are only a few among the thousands of interesting facts about WordPress. If you have something to add to the list, please do comment below.