WordPress has been growing in popularity ever since its creation in 2003, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. As of October 2013, WordPress is being used on 71.4 million sites around the world. During the 2013 San Francisco WordCamp, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg stated that “18.9% of the web is now running on WordPress.” That is a 2.2% improvement over 2012.
Google Trends supports the fact that WordPress is becoming more popular around the world. The following chart shows how often WordPress has been searched for in relation to the total amount of searches during the specified time period. This chart shows that the interest in WordPress has continued to grow over the years, and WordPress now has a significant advantage over the competition. Please click on the chart if you would like to see the larger interactive Google Trends chart.
WordPress is Being Used Worldwide
According to WordPress.com, WordPress sites can be published in over 120 languages. As of October 2013, 66% of WordPress sites are published in English. However, based off of the stats provided by WordPress.com and Google Trends, there appears to be a growing interest in countries such as Indonesia, Portugal, Spain, India, the Philippines, and others. In fact, the 2013 Tokyo WordCamp had 1,100 attendees. That is slightly more then the 1,059 that attended the 2013 San Francisco WordCamp.
WordPress Market Share
According to surveys conducted by W3Techs, WordPress has been steadily increasing its market share for content management systems(CMS). In January 2012, WordPress controlled 51.0% of the market share. As of October 2013, WordPress controls 58.8% of the market share. That simply means that WordPress is being used on 58.8% of all websites that use a CMS.
How WordPress is Being Used
WordPress often conducts surveys leading up to the annual San Francisco WordCamp. Over the past two years, WordPress conducted surveys on how people are using WordPress. Approximately 30,000 people participated in the 2013 survey, and 68% of the participants use it strictly as a CMS. An interesting result from this survey is that people are starting to use WordPress as an application platform. The survey shows that 7% of the participants use it as an application platform, which is up from 0% in the 2012 survey. Matt Mullenweg briefly spoke of this survey and its results at the 16:20 minute mark of his State of the World speech at the San Francisco WordCamp. Here is a graphical representation of the results.
Income Sources and Estimates for WordPress Professionals
There are several types of employment opportunities for WordPress professionals. They range from traditional full-time positions to contract or freelance work. They also vary in complexity. One company might need a professional to setup and maintain their WordPress site, while another company might simply need an individual to make slight modifications to their WordPress site.
The average salary of WordPress positions can vary greatly depending on the company, location, and experience level. Several employment services provide estimates on the average salary of WordPress positions. For example, SimplyHired reports that the average salary for WordPress “jobs” is $45,000 per year. Whereas, Indeed.com reports that the average salary of a WordPress Developer is $67,000 per year. So it is safe to assume that many WordPress salaries are somewhere between $45,000 and $67,000, with the possibility of being higher for the highly experienced.
Notable WordPress Users
There are many well known companies and individuals that use WordPress to power their websites. Here are some links to various websites that are powered by WordPress. You can learn more about them at WordPress.com
The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, Reuters, Maclean’s, GM, UPS, eBay, Sony, Best Buy, Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, Lollapalooza, MP3.com, IZOD, AllThingsD, GigaOm, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, FiveThirtyEight, Swampland, Political Ticker, GOP, LaughingSquid, BuzzMachine, Mashable
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