At Automattic San Francisco someone is celebrating… and they have good reason: developing the CMS has now shot down the psychological threshold of 30 percentage of Web sites Worldwide.
This data comes from W3Techs, a service provided by an Austrian consulting company that monitors the first 10 millions of sites which holds the Alexa ranking. The number is updated daily, and today it seems that WordPress holds the 60 percent of the CMS market.
WordPress has been the leader for a long time and had to compete with competitors such as Joomla, Drupal, Magento, Shopify, Blogger and Squarespace carving out a huge advantage over them (Joomla is in second place and is used only by the 3 percentage Worldwide Site). Since, however, recorded that about 50 percentage of all websites are built from scratch, or using a CMS does not monitor W3Techs.
It is also great news for the community that develops plugins and themes for WordPress, as well as for hosters who offer packages preinstalled WordPress or self-installing, and designers who offer to customers sites and shop already based on WordPress.
It's been a long time since the first release dated 2003, already at the time split in two versions: una open source available for download, a hosted on WordPress.com (with additional facilities, dedicated support and ease of use). In those years the phenomenon was rampant “blog”, everyone wanted one even if they had no idea what to write. WordPress has been the evolution of the project b2 / cafelog and b2evolution and he started his own adventure as blog manager.
Presto, a few years later, is a parallel version has been developed for the multi-blogging known as WordPress-MU. The most used CMS were still Joomla and Drupal and they were aimed at anything but the blog.
Subsequently, Also on social networks, blogs have gradually passed fashion, the average user has been enamored with Facebook et simila, and blogs were one to semi-exclusive use tool for those who have something to talk about. Someone then noticed that WordPress was not just a news manager, but his modular structure it allowed the transformation into a full CMS.
Since then, WordPress has become increasingly marked, themes and plugins have multiplied, and more graphics and webmasters rely on WordPress for the realization of its sites.
Given its massive user base and the community that supports the development of open source code, WordPress does not seem willing to leave the keys of the kingdom of early CMS.