WordPress reaches 25% market share

WordPress has crossed over the 25% global market share line. This is an impressive achievement that not many people could have ever anticipated when not that long ago this ‘scrappy Open Source underdog” was still in its humble beginnings.

Gone are the days when the CMS Crown was disputed among Drupal and Joomla! as well. As the latest Content Management Systems market position report shows, WordPress is now the leader of the pack by far.

The diagram below courtesy of w3techs.com shows the market position of WordPress in terms of popularity and traffic compared to the most popular content management systems.

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Joomla!, which is the nearest contender is now being used by 2.8% of all websites, while Drupal powers just 2.1%. See the Chart below for more details about the historical trends in the usage of Content Management Systems since January 2011:



W3Techs’ Matthias Gelbmann believes this trend is bound to continue:

We have indicators that WordPress is likely to grow even further. In October, 29.5 percent of new sites used WordPress, and new sites usually show where the whole market is heading.

If we look at sites that changed their CMS technology recently, we see that WordPress is mostly gaining from Joomla, Drupal and Blogger. There are also systems that gain more sites from WordPress than they lose, most notably Magento, Squarespace and Shopify, but compared to the overall WordPress user base, these numbers are almost negligible.

WordPress is not only the most popular CMS, it is also the fastest-growing system: Every 74 seconds a site within the top 10 million starts using WordPress. Compare this with Shopify, the second-fastest growing CMS, which is gaining a new site every 22 minutes.

Matt Mullenweg commented on the news via his own blog:

The big opportunity is still the 57 percent of websites that don’t use any identifiable CMS yet, and that’s where I think there is still a ton of growth for us (and I’m also rooting for all the other open source CMSes).

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