WordPress now powers over 30% of websites worldwide

WordPress now accounts for 30.9 percent of websites, up 0.2 percent since May 1st, according to data from web technology survey company W3Techs.

This represents a 5 percent increase in just under two and a half years, after WordPress hit the 25 percent mark in November of 2015, and climbed to 27% by 2016.

By comparison, its nearest CMS rival, Joomla, has seen its usage jump from 2.8 percent to 3.1 percent, while Drupal is holding at 2.1 percent – although we expect Drupal’s figures to take a hit following a string of recent security issues.

It’s worth noting here that this figure relates to the entire Web, regardless of whether a website uses a content management system (CMS) or not. If we’re looking at market share, WordPress actually claims 59.8 percent as of June 1st, up from 58.7 percent in June 2015.

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It’s worth pointing out that for the purposes of this study, “WordPress” refers to both the non-hosted open source blogging software that you download and the hosted commercial version available on the platform.

In terms of methodology, W3Techs scans the top 10 million websites, as ranked by Alexa, and takes a three-month average. From this fairly large set of sample data, the firm determined that nearly one-third are now running on WordPress. Yay for Open Source!

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