Want to know some cool WordPress facts?
WordPress is now 19 years old, so we thought, what better way to celebrate the world’s most popular website-building platform than to create a list of top facts about WordPress in an infographic?
In this article, we will show the 25 most interesting facts about WordPress that you may not know.
If you are wondering why WordPress is so popular, then we have created an easy-to-follow infographic.
You can click on the image below to view the infographic or keep reading the text version.
What Is WordPress?
WordPress is the most popular website builder and content management system (CMS) in the world. You can use it to create all kinds of websites, including eCommerce stores, blogs, news sites, membership sites, and more.
What makes WordPress so popular is that it is open-source and offers a lot of flexibility to users. There are thousands of WordPress plugins that you can use for just about anything.
For example, you can use a plugin to add a contact form to stay in touch with your customers, show popups on your website to boost conversions, optimize your website for search engines to increase traffic, and more.
Plus, WordPress offers lots of themes to easily customize your site’s design and layout. You can even use different plugins to create custom themes for your website. For more details, you can see our beginner’s guide on what is WordPress.
Now, let’s look at some interesting facts about WordPress.
1. WordPress is Older Than Twitter and Facebook
The first version of WordPress was released on May 27, 2003. This makes WordPress older than both Facebook and Twitter.
You can see our detailed guide on the history of WordPress from 2003 – today to learn more.
2. The Name – WordPress
Christine Selleck Tremoulet, a prolific blogger and a friend of Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress), suggested the name WordPress.
3. WordPress Powers Nearly 43% of All Websites
According to W3Techs web technologies surveys, WordPress currently powers nearly 43% of all websites on the internet.
4. WordPress Dominates 67% of CMS Market Share
According to Wappalyzer, WordPress dominates content management software usage, with a 67% market share.
5. WordPress Is Open Source and Free
WordPress is released under a GNU GPL license, which allows anyone in the world to download and use it. The source code is freely available for anyone to study, use, modify, and build upon.
To learn more, you can see our article on why is WordPress free? What are the costs? What is the catch?
6. WordPress Is Not Owned by Any Company
In order to protect the freedoms offered by open source, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg created the WordPress Foundation. This non-profit organization owns the ‘WordPress’ trademark and protects freedoms offered by the software’s open-source license.
For more details, please see our guide on who owns WordPress and how does WordPress make money?
7. WordPress Doesn’t Have a CEO
Since WordPress is an open-source project not owned by any company, it does not have a CEO. The project is run by volunteer developers from all over the world.
There is a thorough decision-making process in place that allows anyone to submit bug reports, patches, suggest features, and so on.
8. WordPress Powers a Multi-Billion Dollar Economy
Hundreds of companies and thousands of professionals from all over the world sell WordPress-based products, services, and solutions. WordPress provides excellent opportunities to thousands of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to build their businesses upon WordPress.
Check out our list of the most influential WordPress businesses and companies.
9. Over 2 Billion Plugin Downloads
WordPress plugin downloads passed 1.48 billion total downloads in 2016. That’s a 48% increase since 2015, when plugin downloads surpassed the 1 billion mark.
Today, this number has easily passed 2 billion downloads.
10. WordPress Is Used by Governments All Over The World
WordPress powers thousands of government websites in all parts of the world. The list includes dozens of US Federal and State government websites, counties, small towns, and high schools.
11. WordPress in Education
WordPress is used by thousands of universities, colleges, and schools all over the world. The open-source license allows students and academics to study, modify, learn, and contribute to the development of WordPress themes, plugins, and core.
You can see our list of popular universities that are using WordPress
12. More Than 60,000 Free Plugins
Plugins are like apps for your WordPress site. There are currently more than 60,000 free WordPress plugins available for download.
Take a look at our pick of the must have WordPress plugins for business websites.
13. More Non-English WordPress Downloads
In 2014, non-English WordPress downloads surpassed the English versions. In later years, WordPress made it possible to install language packs from the WordPress admin area.
In the final release of 2016, WordPress added the language-switching feature for users on a WordPress site.
14. WordPress Is Available in 70+ Languages
WordPress is fully translated into over 70 languages, and it is partially translated into dozens more.
You can see our guide on how to install WordPress in other languages.
15. Over 1128 WordCamp Events in 65 Countries
Official WordPress events are called WordCamps. There have been 1128 WordCamps in 65 countries and 379 cities.
16. WordPress Meetups in 113 Countries
WordPress meetups are smaller events organized by local communities under the umbrella of the WordPress Foundation. To this date, there are 777 WordPress meetup groups in 113 countries, attended by 501,259 users.
17. WordPress Cousins
18. Over 80% of WordPress Sites Use SSL Encryption
According to W3Techs, the default HTTPS protocol is used by 80.8% of websites. Many WordPress hosting services offer free SSL certificates. You can also move your HTTP site to HTTPS with ease.
You can see our guide on how to add free SSL in WordPress with Let’s Encrypt.
19. WordPress Is Written in PHP and MySQL
21. Free Community-Based WordPress Support
WordPress is a community-driven project, and support is widely available and completely free. There is an official WordPress support forum that gets thousands of posts every day.
If you ever have questions about WordPress, simply reach out to us through our contact form. We also recommend reading our guide on how to ask for WordPress support and get it.
22. WordPress and Jazz
All WordPress releases are named after jazz artists. For example, WordPress 1.0 was named after Miles Davis, and WordPress 4.6 was named after Pepper Adams.
23. WordPress Has a Built-in Auto Update System
WordPress automatically updates itself for minor releases. It can also push plugin updates automatically if there is a severe vulnerability found that threatens many websites.
24. WordPress.com Is Not the Same as WordPress.org
WordPress is open-source software that allows you to build your website. You will need WordPress hosting to install WordPress. On the other hand, WordPress.com is a blog hosting service run by Automattic.
You can see our guide on the difference between WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org.
25. WordPress for Multisite Networks
WordPress has a built-in multisite feature that is hidden by default. It allows you to create a network of websites using the same WordPress installation.
For more on this topic, you can take a look at our guide on how to install and set up a WordPress multisite network.
We hope this article helped you learn some interesting facts about WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to choose the best blogging platform and our expert picks for the best live chat software for small businesses.