It’s nearly impossible to work in the web development space without being aware of the immense popularity of WordPress hosting, whether you use the platform yourself or not. It is an often trumpeted statistic that WordPress is, in fact, the most popular CMS. (We’ve even been guilty of adding to the cacophony of voices making such a claim.) However, are you aware of exactly how popular and pervasive WordPress is in the market?
WordPress Owns Over Half of CMS Market
WordPress is more than just the most popular CMS, it blows its competition out of the water! New statistics from a W3Techs survey in November 2015 highlight how WordPress has overtaken the CMS market: The WordPress platform dominates their vertical by hosting 58.7 percent of all CMS-based websites. The closest competitors are Joomla and Drupal, coming in at 6.6 percent and 5 percent of market share respectively. It’s clear to see that when clients are in the market for a CMS, WordPress is most often their choice.
One in Four of All Websites Use WordPress … That’s Huge!
Not only is WordPress the most popular CMS among its competitors, but it has also taken over a significant portion of all websites worldwide, according to the same survey by W3Techs. As you can see in the chart below, over 25 percent of the Internet uses WordPress. This popularity is demonstrative of WordPress’s ongoing, long-term growth. While the platform is hovering just over 25 percent as of December 2015, it comprised only 13.1 percent of the market four short years ago!
Founding developer of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, promoted W3Techs findings on his personal blog, boldly asserting there was only “seventy-five [percent] to go.”
[quote type=”center”]“It’s still a pretty fun milestone that we can now say about one in four websites are now powered by the scrappy open source underdog with its roots stretching all the way back to a single person in Corsica, France.” – Matt Mullenweg[/quote]
Why Is WordPress So Popular?
Why are so many users choosing WordPress over the competition? The answer is simple. WordPress’ open source nature, user-friendly interface, and easy extensibility are why so many users choose it over competitors like Joomla and Drupal. Conveniently, those same reasons are also why WordPress is the ideal platform for agencies and their clients. Not to mention, there are a plethora of fully managed WordPress hosting options to choose from.
A Community of Support
As an open source CMS, WordPress is supported by an ever-increasing community of developers and users who add to the platform’s flexibility and generally ensure WordPress is both up to date and secure. Of course, WordPress’ open source nature also means usage of the software is free – a big bonus for clients with tight budgets.
User-Friendly for … Everyone
WordPress is known for being the most user friendly CMS for both developers and website admins, and comes with an easy-to-use interface. After the site is launched, clients can easily (and with minimal training) take over management of the site and update content as needed – freeing up your agency’s time for more profitable projects.
Flexible and Extendable
The extensive community of developers behind WordPress has created the largest available directory of plugins and themes, ranging from e-commerce to security enhancements, all to extend the functionality of websites to suit your clients’ needs. In addition, developers can further edit the code of individual themes and many plugins for further customization.
WordPress provides the best of both worlds for agencies: a free and easy-to-use platform that can be customized to suit any number of client needs. It’s for those same reasons that WordPress has experienced such incredible growth over the last few years.
Of course, choosing the platform to build your client’s website is only half the battle; choosing the right host for your client is just as important. Finding the best hosting for WordPress can be difficult given the countless choices available – including Liquid Web’s own Managed WordPress Hosting product. Feel free to test it out (no obligation!), and become a part of the growing and supportive WordPress community. Let us know if you do!
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