WordPress Continues to Take Over the Top 100 Blogs

Back in 2006 blogging was still in its infancy and I remember searching for a platform to launch my first blog.  TypePad and Blogger were both big at that time, WordPress.com was around and growing, and Moveable Type, Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress.org were also good options.  In fact there were so many good options that it was difficult to decide what foundation I would use for what I hoped to be my new job. 

For my first few months of blogging I actually went with TypePad, but quickly found that it was very limited and wasn’t a good fit for my needs. I went back to the drawing board at that point and knew I needed something that was flexible and was also going to be around for the long haul. At that time open source was really starting to take off in the mainstream and WordPress.org was leading that charge in the blogging niche, so I decided to align myself with the WordPress community and re-launched my first blog.  Between the WordPress plugins and both the free and premium WordPress themes available, I knew I had made the right choice and was able to quickly make a custom design with little work on my end. The flexibility and the excellent open source community was the key to creating a great experience for me, and many I talked to felt the same way. 

Fast forward 7 years and WordPress continues to meet my needs and validate my early decision. One report I use to determine this is released annually by Royal Pingdom, which has done a study of the Top 100 blogs each year since 2009 and recently published their 2013 report. This report shows WordPress continues to grow as the top choice among the most prominent blogs.  Initially back in 2009, WordPress was on 32% of the Top 100 blogs.  Last year it was up to 48%.  For 2013, WordPress is now on 52% of the Top 100 blogs, and I expect that percentage to continue to grow over the coming years thanks to its flexibility and the fact that it is very user friendly.

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According to Wikipedia, WordPress is used by over 14.7% of the top 1 million websites and manages over 22% of all new websites created as of August 2011, boasting a total of over 60 million websites.  Its hard to imagine what these numbers will look like next year or several years from now.

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  • Google+ Comments for WordPress Plugin

    google-plus-commentsFor many years now Facebook has had a very popular login feature and also offered the ability to easily integrate blog comments using your Facebook account. These options have proven to be very popular with all types of webmasters as they provide several convenient features and also help to discourage spammy or anonymous comments.

    It always surprised me that Google wasn’t in this game, but the introduction of Google+ seems to offer Google the ability to offer these features to webmasters and be the ones collecting this information.  According to reports, apps that support Google’s login are now getting favorable search treatment and Google is starting to really push this feature.  Then last month, Google announced that Google+ comment integration is now available for Blogger users. So, what about WordPress users?

    Not long after the Blogger integration was announced, the necessary code was discovered to do this manually using the following code:

    HTML:

    <script src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js">
    </script>
    <g:comments
        href="[URL]"
        width="642"
        first_party_property="BLOGGER"
        view_type="FILTERED_POSTMOD">
    </g:comments>

    Valid HTML5 version:

    <script src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js">
    </script>
    <div
        data-href="[URL]"
        data-width="642"
        data-first_party_property="BLOGGER"
        data-view_type="FILTERED_POSTMOD">
    </div>

    Comments counter HTML (replaces < g:comments >):

    <g:commentcount href="[URL]"></g:commentcount>

    Valid HTML5 version (replaces < div >):

    <div data-href="[URL]"></div>

    Replace ‘[URL]’ with the URL of your web page and fit the ‘width’.

    Link your web page to your Google+ profile to verify authorship.

    Dynamic Google+ Comments HTML:

    <div id="comments"></div>
    <script>
    gapi.comments.render('comments', {
        href: window.location,
        width: '624',
        first_party_property: 'BLOGGER',
        view_type: 'FILTERED_POSTMOD'
    });
    </script>

    Google+ Comments Counter:

    <div id="commentscounter"></div>
    <script>
    gapi.commentcount.render('commentscounter', {
        href: window.location
    });
    </script>

    Google+ Comments for WordPress Plugin

    Fortunately, the WordPress community has already come through with an easier solution, the Google+ Comments for WordPress plugin. This plugin makes the comment section tabbed by seamlessly adding tabs for Google+ Comments, Facebook, Disqus, WordPress Comments, and Trackbacks. Early reviews are promising and I manage this plugin will continue to evolve over time.

    If you decide to give this plugin on your website leave us a comment and let us know how the setup went.

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