Back in January of 2020 WordPress stood at 35% market share of all websites, as measured by W3Techs. Today, its’ a staggering 40%. What’s even more amazing is that among the top 1000 sites, WordPress’ market share is even higher at 51.8% and captures a whopping 66.2% for new sites. Below the chart shows the growth rate over the last 10 years.
Matthias Gelbmann, CEO of W3Techs parent company Q-Success, explained the reasons behind this methodology:
The reason why we don’t count all the websites, is because there are so many domains that are unused or used for dubious purposes. We want to exclude the many millions of parked domains, spam sites and sites that simply have no real content. We are convinced that including all trash domains would make our statistics a lot less useful, as millions of them just run some software stack that auto-generates useless content.
In January, Squarespace overtook Drupal and Wix to become the 4th most popular CMS with 2.5% market share, trailing Joomla (3.4%), Shopify (5.3%), and WordPress (64.3%). Although most open source CMS’s are now in a gradual decline with proprietary competitors rising, WordPress remains a beacon of free software that continues to sustain its incredible growth.
In a world full of competition, WordPress continues to grow and shine through. It’s no wonder we adopted this platform as our own.
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