WordPress CMS usage stats

We’ve recently been approached by a charity that was looking for a company to build an online shop. This was a small charity unable to afford a lot of money to use a bespoke CMS, and therefore, their options were limited to open source software solutions that could be modified to suit the organisation’s needs and branding. Our recommendation was to use WordPress CMS for this ecommerce website development project.

In order to strengthen the validity of our CMS recommendation, we’ve done some research on the WordPress CMS usage statistics and would like to share them with you in this blog post. In a nutshell, WordPress is the most commonly used CMS online. Let’s take a look at the slides below:

WordPress CMS usage stats

According to W3Techs, 70.7% websites do not use a content management system (CMS) at all. Out of 29.3% of the sites that use a CMS, 53.8% is attributed to WordPress, which means that 15.8% of all sites currently operating online give preference to WP. This is a huge market share, which also means that WordPress has an enormous community of developers who constantly generate new plugins and participate on the Q&A sites.

Out of 29.3% of the sites that use a CMS, 53.8% is attributed to WordPress

Additional data from http://trends.builtwith.com/cms shows that in the top million sites, WordPress CMS is used in 63.28% of the cases compared to other content management systems.

CMS distribution in top million sites

In addition, we notice a significant percentage of CMS users who decide to migrate to WordPress from another platform:

CMS migration to WordPress stats

If we look at the statistics that show the WordPress usage for Ecommerce and compare it to other Ecommerce CMS, we see that 4.10% is attributed to WP. We know of 5,135 sites using WP e-Commerce (GetShopped.org).

WordPress CMS for ecommerce

Is WordPress a good option for your CMS? Please share your comments below.

Author: John Miller

John oftentimes takes the lead as the Agile Project Manager and SEO expert, which allows him to be hands-on with the latest trends.