3 Killer Facts You Didn’t Expect About WordPress

Joel Lee 10-01-2017

Even if you don’t have an active blog of your own, you’ve probably heard of WordPress before. Heck, you’ve probably even given it a try, right? My point is, this piece of software has quickly become one of the most important platforms of our age — and it only launched in 2003!


Your life would not be the same if WordPress never launched because the web would not be the same web that we know today. Here are three facts that show just how much influence it has and how much we rely on it as a society.


1. More than 1-in-4 websites across the world use WordPress. As of this writing, there are over 1.1 billion websites in the world and approximately 27% of them run on WordPress. When you consider how many other platforms launched around the same time (e.g. Drupal, Joomla, Squarespace, etc), it’s impressive how much more popular WordPress became.

2. WordPress is used by world-class publications. Did you know that the online versions of The New York Times, People, National Geographic, and Forbes all run on WordPress? And even though we don’t quite rank up there with those sites just yet, MakeUseOf also runs on WordPress! It truly is everywhere.

3. Over 500 new WordPress sites are created daily. That’s the equivalent of 20 new blogs every hour or one new blog every 3 minutes. And to be clear, we’re talking full installations of the platform, not just the number of new posts published per day. That number is actually closer to 60 million!


I’ve been using WordPress for personal stuff ever since it launched and I never would’ve expected it to become as big as it has. Impressive, to say the least.

Do you have a WordPress site? Does it bother you when you visit a site and it’s clearly powered by WordPress? Or are you okay with it being just another fact of the web now? Share with us below!

Image Credit: David M G via Shutterstock. Statistics sourced by Expanded Ramblings.

Related topics: Trivia, Wordpress.

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  1. Len
    January 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I use WordPress all the time. I have four sites up, and they're all WP. It's very easy to use, set up, and there's a lot of help to keep your site secure, too. Plus, the features you can have by simply using a plugin are amazing! I used to hand code back when we used bear skins and stone knives to do our work. I sure wish this had been around back then!!! No, it doesn't bother me when I see another WP site that's not even trying to hide it. I'm not. I'm actually proud and happy to back the WP community by showing that my sites are being run by WP.

    • Jim
      January 10, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      I agree with your comment so much that I could have written it myself. I used to code in a text editor back in the day. How far we've come.