WordPress becomes the most used CMS

by / Wednesday, 08 May 2013 / Published in WordPress
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Over the years, the popularity of WordPress has been steadily climbing. According to Pingdom’s report, 51% of the world’s top 100 blogs are utilizing WordPress to manage their websites. This has grown from last year’s 48%. According to Wikipedia, WordPress version 3.5 has been downloaded over 18 million times as of April 2013. Add it all up and it equals to WordPress being used by 17.7% of all websites!

Second on the list of the most popular blogging platforms is a custom CMS system, taking up 13% of the websites. Drupal comes in to third place at 7%. Surprisingly enough, Blogger and Tumblr account for just 1% each of the top websites. This is even more shocking considering that Tumblr has been rising in popularity. Doing a search in the Google Trends also reveals how WordPress has been steadily growing in search interest over the years while a few other sources, such as Drupal, have started declining.

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While The Huffington Post uses Movable Type for their platform, other top websites such as Mac Rumours make use of the WordPress CMS system. Sony uses WordPress as well for their Playstation blog website. Other users of WordPress include CNN, UPS and NBC! You can visit this site to get the full list of all 100 top websites evaluated to see which website uses which platform for their blogging: http://www.webpronews.com/wordpress-share-of-the-worlds-top-blogs-increases-2013-05

WordPress, a free and open source platform, was first released on May 27, 2003 by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. It has also won various awards, including Open Source Web App of the Year Award at The Critters in 2011. During it’s course, it has grown from being just a blogging site to also encompass plugins that turn the website into forums and ecommerce shopping.

It is clear that WordPress is dominating the blogging website realm and it also is growing as an important platform for generic website management. Matt Mullenweg believes there is still room for growth: “The last few years we’ve really focused on both the usability and flexibility of WordPress, which has resulted in accelerating growth in both big and small sites. I expect even higher adoption among the largest sites and blogs over the next year.”

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Website Design and Search Engine Marketer Extraordinaire.. Simon has been in the Website Design, SEO and Hosting/Networking field for over 15 years. He is the founder of The Global Instructor Network and Purple Turtle Productions and spends weekends with his kids, or snowboarding Whistler / Blackcomb.

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