Everyone loves WordPress, it is one of the most acclaimed blogging and Content Management System of the world. It is an open source software tool for creating websites built-in PHP and SQL. But there are some other interesting facts about WordPress that you might not know. There is a list of information in this article which will verify that it is undoubtedly the king of all the CMS and you might consider learning and using it as well.
WordPress is for free!
WordPress is absolutely free software which you can easily download from wordpress.org and use. However, you have to pay for the web hosting to use it on the internet which might cost you a few dollars. We recommend a web hosting facilitator like SiteGround and Bluehost.
WordPress is used by some distinguished companies of the world.
Some of the prominent companies of the world join WordPress to build their websites. The sites you keep surfing in your day-to-day life, say, CNN, Forbes, Vogue, MTV news, The Rolling Stones, Facebook (Newsroom), NASA etc run on WordPress.
WordPress can be installed in languages other than English
You don’t have to worry if English is not your first language because WordPress offers 56 language translations. You can choose your primary language while WordPress installation or from settings page (since version 4.7) for your dashboard.
WordPress powers over 26% websites of the world
Recent statistic shows that WordPress now powers 26% websites of the world and is counting. Furthermore, people create more than 500 websites daily. Isn’t that great? Also, it beat other CMS like Joomla, Drupal, Magento and Blogger by large proportion and has market share of 59.4%
WordPress has brought about plenty of jobs
WordPress developers and designers are easily making living from WordPress charging 50$-100$ per hour. A recent survey shows that 25% developers of all work in WordPress. The statistics exhibited by Freelancer.com proves that WordPress creates a huge platform for freelancers where 243,136 projects are completed on WordPress.
WordPress.com has only 449 employees
It’s beyond belief that WordPress.com has only 449 employees but it’s a true fact. Only 449 people are in charge of developing, updating and maintaining the WordPress.com where employees on Facebook are 25 times more and Google has more than 60 thousand.
WordPress major developments
There are 27 major developments since the WordPress is commenced. On average, it takes 152 days to release the major version. Moreover, recent stats show that 22% of the WordPress sites are on the latest version, 81.1% are on version above 4.x and 18.1% are under 3.x
WordPress conferences (WordCamp)
6 continents, 65 countries and 68 cities of the world organize WordCamp every year where local communities organize the event in their area. Discussion and information exchange takes place about everything related to WordPress. Anyone can take part in WordCamps, you don’t have to a WordPress expert to take part in it. Find out if it’s happening in your country and make the most out of it.
WordPress posts, themes, and plugins
WordPressers posted 660 million WordPress posts in the year 2015 which resulted in 665 million comments. Having said that, on a daily basis, an average of 1,808,219 posts are published which is huge! As far as WordPress themes are concerned, people downloaded 123,498,018 free themes from wordpress.org in 2014 whereas the average rate for the premium theme is $40. WordPress plugins, on the other hand, has a total download up to 1 billion times. There are plenty of themes and plugins generating organizations where you can buy or download them like ThemeForest, Code Themes, Elegant Themes etc.