Starting as a simple blogging platform in its release back in 2003, WordPress has gone on to become one of the most successful and widely used website builders and content management systems today.
As a matter of fact, WordPress has become so huge that it boasts tens of thousands of plugins and themes.
And as the platform continues to evolve, its user base evolves along with it. Bloggers were originally WordPress’ primary user base, but now it serves ecommerce businesses, real estate agents, news outlets, and many more.
For this and 10 other fantastic reasons below, WordPress is the ideal platform to use to build your website on.
In fact, even HoopJumper’s very own website is built using the WordPress Engine (WP Engine).
Here are 10 other statistics that proves why WordPress is the platform for building your website:
WordPress Statistics on Usage
- According to a study done by W3Techs, WordPress is currently used by 43.2% of all websites on the internet this 2022. This is a significant increase from 39.5% in 2021. This means that two out of every five websites use WordPress as its builder. In addition to this, WordPress is used by 65.2% of all websites using a content management system. The second most popular CMS is Shopify, and it has a market share of 6.6%. Wix, Squarespace, and Joomla are next, with 2.8%, 2.7%, and 2.6% market shares, respectively.
- According to data taken from BuiltWith, WordPress powers over 36% of the top 1 million websites, including Bloomberg, Nike, and The New York Times to name a few. These “top” websites are based on traffic. Additionally, this means that every two minutes, another top 10 million sites will be created using WordPress.
- Since January of 2011, W3Techs has tracked the usage of WordPress and other content management systems and found that WordPress usage has increased 12% per year on average. In 2011, WordPress was used by 13.1% of websites. In 2022, 43.2% of website builders used WordPress. This also means that WordPress has been the fastest growing content management system since 2011.
WordPress Statistics on Plugins
- There are nearly 60,000 free plugins in the official WordPress plugin directory. Some of the most popular are Elementor, Akismet, and Jetpack. Of these plugins, Yoast SEO has the most active installations and five-star ratings in the WordPress plugin directory, making it the most downloaded and well-rated free plugin in the directory.
WordPress Statistics on Themes
- The official WordPress theme repository currently has over 31,000 themes in total, 9.000 of them free. Included in this count are themes that are known or likely to be up-to-date and child themes. Themes that have both a free and paid version are only counted once. Some of the most popular are Divi, Astra, OceanWP, and Neve.
- In terms of premium WordPress themes, the The average price to purchase one is $77.57, according to Scepter in 2020. Even though this price tag may seem high, premium themes are typically more functional, flexible, and secure than their free counterparts and therefore can be worth the investment.
WordPress Statistics on Security
- Wordfence, WordPress’ security plugin, blocked over 86 billion password attack requests in the first six months of 2021. The number of password attacks is expected to continue to increase. In addition to this, the WordPress Web Application Firewall was able to block 4 billion requests coming from blocklisted IPs and attackers attempting to exploit vulnerabilities in WP plugins and themes in the first half of 2021.
- Between January to June 2021, WPScan (WordPress’ premium scanning plugin) recorded 602 new vulnerabilities across WordPress plugins, themes, and core software. This surpassed the number of reported vulnerabilities in all of 2020. In spite of this seeming upward trend, this does not indicate that WordPress is becoming less secure over time. Instead, this shows that users are spending more time finding and reporting vulnerable plugins and themes in the WordPress repository and other marketplaces.
- WPScan determined that approximately 90% of WordPress vulnerabilities are plugin vulnerabilities, while the remaining 10% are distributed between theme vulnerabilities (6%) and core software (4%). One of the best and easiest solutions is to always keep your WordPress plugins, theme, and core running their latest versions.
- In the first half of 2021, it was found that Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) is the most commonly discovered vulnerability affecting WordPress plugins. With 216 XSS vulnerabilities detected by WPScan, it accounted for 52% of plugin vulnerabilities in the first six months of 2021. The next most commonly discovered vulnerability – Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) – accounted for 16% of plugin vulnerabilities.
It’s clear as day that WordPress is the ideal choice for building your website.
What if you had a great team to help you build your website for you – and customize it to reflect your brand?
Custom designed and branded HoopJumper Small Business Websites are just that…CUSTOM.
We’ll create a site that will get interested prospects to contact you so you can capture and nurture that lead.
Contact us today and let us start building your custom-designed WordPress website for your business!