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.

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Connect with Kyle on Twitter or Google+!

  1. Glenn Barres, Jr. says:

    Holy crap sure are a lot of misguided peopel just following the crowd. WP sucks for anythign other than blogging.

    • Looks like you are the misguided one, WP is so much more than a blogging platform now. It’s now a serious CMS.

      • Glenn Barres, Jr. says:

        I would hardly qualify WP as a CMS but yes, it does have the ability to add pages and then edit those pages using a single WYSIWYG editor. In comparison, concrete5 however is a full platform for any kind of website with very rich CMS tools and most of what you need can be done right out of the box.

        I’ve had this conversation over a 1,000 times, and yes I mean that literally. The only argument that anyone ever comes up with that holds water in WP vs c5 is that WP has more developers in that community. Never is it mentioned that WP is just a better platform, because it simply isn’t.

        15+ yrs of web development has taught me not to follow the crowd but to follow the innovation, and that is in c5.

  2. Pretty Stacie says:

    Wonderful post and a
    great help! Just as great as the one i’m using now http://wordpress.org/plugins/iframe-embed-for-momentme/ It creates a 360° perspective of your images.
    It automatically collects images from social events worldwide and its free.

  3. Rudd says:

    Wow! Keep growing WordPress! However, the result from this report might not fair especially to few platforms such as Tumblr since the study was made from the top 100 blogs only. I’m pretty sure the number of people using Tumblr is far greater than other CMS like Ceros, Gawker etc.

    On the other hand, this shows that WordPress is the most trusted brand among the top 100 blogs.

  4. Zach Smith says:

    this is a great article!

  5. no wonder if wordpress has a great point, wordpress is most powerful cms i ever met.

    i luv wp :D

  6. Tim Tom says:

    awesome

  7. wpsites says:

    it’s no doubt that wordpress is the future CMS on the internet.

  8. Kathy says:

    Great work. Thanks for proving in graphical representation with analytics. Also gone through WordPress 3.6 features recently: http://apptha.com/blog/what-features-does-the-wordpress-3-6-cover/

  9. Rama Singh says:

    WordPress will be at top position for various reason like simplicity of use yet powerful with amazing features like extraordinary plugin available free of cost.
    Easy installation with hassle free backup of files and database from site itself.
    1000s of theme available and 100s of theme coming every month with all latest and unique requirement of the users.

  10. Rama Singh says:

    WordPress will be at top position for various reason like simplicity of use yet powerful with amazing features like extraordinary plugin available free of cost.
    Easy installation with hassle free backup of files and database from site itself.
    1000s of theme available and 100s of theme coming every month with all latest and unique requirement of the users.

  11. Kundan Raj Bhattarai says:

    I think why WordPress is very popular is because it has a simple to use interface. It has lots of plugins which is very easy to install and use and it takes less time to master.

  12. Outance says:

    WordPress is great, even a non-tech can launch website using wordpress.

  13. kaushik dutta says:

    WordPress is great..Nice article..

  14. Gary Graefen says:

    I have used WordPress and found it to be just fine. But paying for hosting isn’t always. So I have been using Blogger. According to Alexa I am in the top 1 million. I have had no real issues with Blogger except for the lack of being able to access php or cgi directly. My take-if you don’t mind paying, WordPress. If you do mind paying I totally content at Blogger.