Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress, gave his annual ‘State of the Word‘ presentation on Saturday, July 27th, 2013 at the eight annual WordCamp in San Fransisco. Here are the results of the last three WordPress surveys mentioned in Matt’s address.
According to the latest research, WordPress has increased from 16.7% of the web running WordPress in 2012 to 18.9% in 2013.
Although WordPress began life as a blogging platform, it has since grown into a fully-fledged CMS.
Using WordPress strictly as a CMS platform is more popular than ever and we are seeing WordPress as a blog and blog hybrid on a slightly downward slope.
An interesting statistic for 2013 is a 7% usage of WordPress as an application platform, an aspect that aims to be emphasized in WordPress 3.7, releasing this Fall.
WordPress is still being accessed primarily via desktop browsers. However, mobile phone and tablet usage has increased greatly over the last year with WordPress version 5 having a responsive admin. New WordPress apps are also on the rise.
Access to WordPress by device:
According to a survey conducted by WP Engine who asked 15,000 people, “Have you heard of WordPress?”, almost 30% said yes. That’s huge.
In the last 12 months WordPress has been downloaded 46,000,000 times. To put that into perspective, that’s 126,000 downloads per day, or 5250 per hour, or 89 per minute.
Plugins and themes are also on the rise.
WordPress 3.6 was only released last month, but future version show a lot of promise.
On track for an October release, WordPress 3.7 will be an app-platform focused release with increased stability and security. Expect to see auto updates for minor releases and a look into developer.wordpress.org.
WordPress 3.8 is said to be available by December of this year. In addition to facets of 3.7, headlines and features aim to include the latest on MP6 and the introduction of a new default theme, Twenty-fourteen–which is great since Twenty-thirteen only came out towards the end of 2013. ;)