WordPress: Is It For You?

WordPress users can be found worldwide

WordPress users can be found worldwide

Who uses WordPress? WordPress (WP) is used by these famous blogs: Boing Boing, I Can Has Cheezburger, BuzzMachine, Mashable and Laughing Squid.

News agencies such as The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, Reuters and Maclean's also use WordPress.

Music and Fashion sites such as Arcade Fire, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Lollapalooza, MP3.com, Kineda, Modelinia, StyleWatch (PEOPLE), Hypebeast, and ELLE Girl use WP as well.

You will also find many technology companies using it as either their primary website or as their blogging platform. TechCrunch is one of the top five blogs on the web.

Political sites as well as politicians use WordPress to express their views.

Besides individuals and small to mid-sized businesses, Fortune 500 companies such as GM's FastLane blog, UPS' Upside, eBay Ink, Sony's PlayStation blog and VW's Think Blue use WP.

One kind of WP site that has evolved considerably that last few years are "mommy blogs." According to Jessica Smith on Mashable.com, many are turning their blogs into the main source of income for their families.

WordPress conducted their first ever user and developer survey November 2011. Over 18,000 responses were received from all over the world. The results show most developers are using WordPress as a complete content management system, and not just blogging software. WordPress is the platform for a huge number of new business sites, and there are experienced WordPress developers on every continent except Antarctica.

  • 14.7% of the top million websites in the world use WP.
  • 22% of new active domains in the US are running WP.
  • 61% of WP developers use it as a content management system without a blog.
  • Only 8% of WP sites are developed specifically as a blog.
  • There are over 6,800 WP developers worldwide.

Details and a “State of the Word” address are available here: http://wordpress.org/news/2011/08/state-of-the-word/