WordPress celebrates 18 years today! Here are 25 interesting facts about WordPress (enjoy!)

Want to know some cool WordPress facts? WordPress turns 18 years old today, so we thought what best way to celebrate the world’s most popular website building software than to create a top 25 facts about WordPress infographic. Here are the 25 most interesting facts about WordPress that you may not know.

1. WordPress is Older Than Twitter and Facebook

WordPress.org homepage in 2003

The first version of WordPress was released on May 27, 2003. This makes WordPress older than both Facebook and Twitter.

2. The Name – WordPress

The name WordPress was suggested by Christine Selleck Tremoulet

Christine Selleck Tremoulet, a prolific blogger and a friend of Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress), suggested the name WordPress.

3. WordPress Powers Nearly 27% of All Websites

CMS usage statistics

According to W3Techs web technologies surveys, WordPress currently powers nearly 27% of all websites.

4. WordPress Dominates 76.4% of CMS Market Share

WordPress CMS markets share

According to Wappalyzer, WordPress dominates content management software usage with a 76.4% market share.

5. WordPress is Open Source and Free

WordPress is free and open source

WordPress is released under the 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.


6. WordPress is Not Owned by Any Company

WordPress trademark is owned by WordPress Foundation

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.


7. WordPress Doesn’t Have a CEO

WordPress community

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

WordPress is a multi-million dollar industry

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.

9. 1.48 Billion Plugin Downloads

1.48 Billion plugin downloads

WordPress plugin downloads crossed 1.48 Billion total downloads in 2016. That’s a 48% increase since 2015 when plugin downloads surpassed the 1 Billion marks.

10. WordPress is Used by Governments All Over The World

WordPress in Government

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, high schools, etc.

11. WordPress in Education

WordPress in education

WordPress is used by thousands of universities, colleges, and schools all over the world. The open-source license allows students and academia to study, modify, learn, and contribute to the development of WordPress core, plugins, and themes.

12. More than 50,000 Free Plugins

WordPress plugins

Plugins are like apps for your WordPress site. There are currently more than 50,000 free WordPress plugins available for download. From creating an online store to adding a contact form, whatever you want to do there is a good chance that you will find a plugin for that.

13. More Non-English WordPress Downloads

More non-English WordPress downloads

In 2014, non-English WordPress downloads surpassed the English version. 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 68+ Languages

WordPress is available in 68+ languages

WordPress is fully translated into 68 languages, and it is partially translated into dozens more. Many popular WordPress plugins and themes are also available in different languages. It can also be used as a multi-lingual platform with the help of plugins like WPML and Polylang.

15. WordCamp Events in 41 Countries

WordCamp events around the world

Official WordPress events are called WordCamps. In 2016, there were 115 WordCamp events in 41 countries attended by 36,000 WordPress users.

16. WordPress Meetups in 58 Countries

WordPress meetups around the globe

WordPress meetups are smaller events organized by local communities under the umbrella of the WordPress Foundation. In 2016, there were 3193 WordPress meetups, in 58 countries, attended by 62,566 users.

17. WordPress Cousins

WordPress sister projects

The community behind WordPress also runs sister projects like bbPressBuddyPress, and GlotPress. They are all open-source software built on top of the WordPress core and principles.

18. 11.45% of WordPress sites use SSL Encryption

HTTPS and SSL encryption for WordPress sites

In 2016, the number of WordPress sites using HTTPS was increased from 4% to 11.45%. It is expected to grow tremendously as WordPress plans to push encryption more pro-actively in 2017.

19. WordPress is Written in PHP and MySQL

WordPress is Written in PHP and MySQL

WordPress is written in PHP programming language and uses MySQL for the database.

20. 20% of WordPress is Written in JavaScript


20% of code in the WordPress core is JavaScript. This is expected to grow as WordPress becomes more and more like an application development framework.

21. Free Community Based WordPress Support

WordPress is a community-driven project and support is widely available free of cost. There is an official WordPress support forum that gets thousands of posts every day.

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 millions of websites.

24. WordPress.com is Not The Same as WordPress.org

WordPress is the 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.

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.

And these were the 25 interesting things about WordPress. We hope you enjoyed it!

source: @wpbeginner.com


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