This post simply showcases (with real numbers) the growth, interest and use of WordPress, Drupal and Joomla (three open source Content Management Systems).
This highlights the interest over time of those searching on Google. Why is this so interesting? It shows popularity without any bias or manipulation. It’s just what people search.
Plugins, Modules, Extensions
WordPress has plugins, Drupal has modules and Joomla has extensions. However, these terms can be loosely used simultaneously on all systems. For instance, you may have a WordPress plugin that has a secondary “extension” to the plugin to expand its ability. For these Content Management Systems however, they uniquely call the expansions for the core platform by different and unique names.
Knowing how many officially available expansions is another method to see the popularity of a CMS. (all numbers as of 29 May 2014)
CMS Usage Statistics
(Top 10,000 Sites)
(Top Million Sites)
All Website Usage
How to read this: 62.9% of the websites use none of the CMS options. WordPress is used by 22.3% of all websites, that’s a content management system market share of 60.0%.
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