WordPress started in 2003 and was created for simple everyday blogging. And over time it’s grown to be the most used CMS in the world.
Everything about WordPress was created by and for the WordPress community. It’s an Open Source project, this means there are people all over the world improving it every day. There are no license fees to use WordPress.
Community is powerful. WordPress’ community is powerful due to it’s sheer mass. Let’s take a look at how many websites (that are known) using WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and Concrete5.
Live Websites: WordPress vs. Other CMS
Estimate of 17,676,578 live websites using WordPress
Estimate of 2,523,734 live websites using Joomla
Estimate of 772,992 live websites using Drupal
Estimate of 425,730 live websites using TYPO3
Estimate of 83,898 live websites using Concrete5
Information provided by Builtwith.
Why Use WordPress?
Longevity and reliability. With other CMS options you don’t have the same growth, community or options for expansion.
Google Trends (Content Management Systems)
Google trends gives you a real, tried and true way to see how popular particular searches are over a period of time. This is a 5 year trend showcasing searches for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and Concrete5.
Plugins in the Repository
Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. There are 47,385 plugins with a total of 1,442,940,176 total downloads.
Note: there are numerous plugins not available in the Repository (available from secondary websites and marketplaces).