It’s come a long way from its humble beginnings as a “single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing” which quickly became a simple blogging platform. Data just released by W3 Techs has found WordPress now powers 25 percent of the web. That’s one in every four websites using WordPress, and even more exciting is that 29.5 percent of new websites are built on the platform, powerful indicators of where the market is heading to.
The closest competitors are Joomla and Drupal who together account for just under 5 percent of websites. Newer entrants like Squarespace, Shopify and Magento are actually having net gains against WordPress, but are still miles behind. Shopify is the second-fastest growing platform but pales in comparison to WordPress’ figures. Every 74 seconds one of the world’s top 10 million websites starts using WordPress, while Shopify gains a new website every 22 minutes.
Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg (the creator of WordPress) sees the growth as an opportunity, as there is still a massive segment of the market not using an identifiable content management system (57.4 percent), and many major brands are converting their platforms. Notable users include Time Magazine, Wired.com, Tech Crunch and even eBay.
The best part about WordPress is there is no limit to what you can build. Developers are consistently creating new themes and plugins, while the open-source nature of the platform has brought together an army of volunteers working to identify bugs and vulnerabilities and release a constant stream of updates and patches.
For small-business owners, WordPress can be adapted to showcase your products, you can sell through your website with ecommerce functionality, and you can even offer members-only sites to cater for exclusive client bases. When you work with a team of developers like Studio Digita, we will work with you to create your site, your way.