Caleb Garling August 19, 2011
WordPress now operates within 22 in every 100 new domains in the US.
I am currently typing in one of the popular and widely-used publishing tools on the internet today: WordPress. In sea of content more and more dominated by short-form tools like Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr, the open sourced platform has seen a healthy growth in the last year.
â€œWeâ€™ve grown to power 14.7% of the top million websites in the world, up from 8.5%, and the latest data show 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress,â€ said Matt Mullenweg, the original developer of WordPress, in a blog post.
Also, in a talk posted in the same entry, Mullenweg noted that WordPress has over 15,000 plugins and has seen 200 million plugin downloads. In the fastest upgrade in the platformâ€™s history, WordPress 3.2 had 500,000 downloads in the first two days.
They also posted a map (above) of where people are using WordPress.
A recent survey also found that 6,800 self-employed respondents were responsible for over 170,000 sites, and charged a median hourly rate of $50. Mullenweg suggested the casual math that if each site took only 3 hours to make, thatâ€™s $29.5M of work at the average hourly rate. With a free platform to work off, WordPress is certainly allowing people to leverage real business opportunities in a tough economy.
They published the full survey results here. Have at it, data buffs, and let us know if you come up with any other interesting findings.