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WordPress is the world’s most popular and widely used content management system (CMS). Created in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, the tool has gradually made its mark on public administrations, brands and online stores, even though it was originally conceived simply as a blogging service. Today, when it comes to creating a website, it’s hard to ignore WordPress, a totally open source tool with an impressive community of creators. Discover the key figures for the CMS worldwide!

Astonishingly, WordPress is close to accompanying half of all existing websites! We’re no longer talking about popularity here; it’s practically a monopoly for the CMS, as the figures below prove:

  • As of spring 2023, 43.1% of the world’s websites use WordPress,
  • Over 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages every month,
  • 27 publications take place every second worldwide via WordPress, that’s around 70 million per month,
  • These publications receive a total of around 77 million comments per month,
  • 46 versions of WordPress have been released to date, 45 of which are named after jazz artists,
  • The latest version, 6.2, launched in March 2023, has been downloaded 83.3 million times in just 3 months,
  • WordPress received 107,647 requests to remove content for DMCA (digital millennium copyright act) infringement between January 2017 and September 2022; 28.6% received a favorable response,
  • 1154 WordCamps, the WordPress conferences, have been held in 386 cities in 65 different countries since the first one in San Francisco in 2006.

The 10 most installed plugins on WordPress

60,500 plugins and 10,800 free themes are available for WordPress. Here are the 10 most downloaded plugins, each with over 5 million installations:

  • Contact Form 7: contact form management,
  • Yoast SEO: search engine optimization,
  • Elementor Website Builder: website design,
  • Classic Editor: reinstatement of the old WordPress editor,
  • WooCommerce: e-commerce plugin,
  • Akismet Anti-Spam: block spam and unwanted messages,
  • Contact Form by WPForms: contact form management,
  • All-in-One WP Migration: website migration,
  • Really Simple SSL: secure connections through encryption,
  • Jetpack: optimize performance, traffic and security.

Financial figures for WordPress in 2023

WordPress is divided into two entities, wordpress.com and wordpress.org. Automattic, the company created by WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, owns wordpress.com as well as other brands and products, which makes it difficult to estimate the sales attributable to WordPress, its themes and plugins. Nevertheless, one thing is certain: WordPress dominates the CMS market by a wide margin.

  • By spring 2023, WordPress’ market share as a CMS was 63.2%,
  • The WordPress environment would have generated around $800 million by 2022,
  • Automattic is valued at an estimated $1.8 billion,
  • WordPress Community Support, part of the WordPress Foundation, had total revenues of $2.7 million in 2022.

Version 0.7, the first WordPress

WordPress was born in May 2003 from the hands of Matt Mullenweg, now CEO of Automattic, and Mike Little. The two young men were enthusiastic about the b2/cafelog blog publishing software created by Corsican engineer Michel Valdrighi in the early 2000s. But the project needed help and, frustrated, the American and the Briton decided to fork b2, i.e. to use its source code to create WordPress. Meanwhile, a friend of Matt Mullenweg’s, Christine Tremoulet, came up with the name WordPress, with the idea of “putting words to press”, in other words, printing. But this time, it’s digital.

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By MondialPress

Following the global success of WordPress, we decided to launch MondialPress with the aim of optimizing the SEO of websites. The MondialPress team brings together specialists in the development of SEO performance strategies. We offer you the tools so that your website becomes the workhorse of your commercial approach.