WordPress now powers 18.9% of the Web and has over 46m downloads: founder Matt Mullenweg

Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg laid out his vision for his company’s blogging platform today in a presentation at its WordCamp San Francisco conference. Called the “State of the Word”, Mullenweg spoke about the progress WordPress has made, highlighted its upcoming WordPress 3.6 release, and shared additional statistics.

There are 46+ million downloads of WordPress and added 336 themes, 2.3 times more than last year. 9,334 plugins were requested, while 6,758 were approved, with a total of 26,000 to date in the library.

As for mobile, there have been 15 updates, 3 for iOS, 6 for Android and Windows Phone in the past 12 months.

Mullenweg announced the results of a survey of 30,000 people his company conducted to understand usage of WordPress. Among its findings, he revealed that WordPress is primarily being used on the Web. 31 percent of users are using the platform on their iOS app, 30 percent on their Android phone, 18 percent on their Android tablet, and 12 percent through the desktop app.

When asked what those surveyed use WordPress for, 69 percent specified they used it as a Content Management System (CMS), while 20 percent chose to implement it as a hybrid blog/CMS, 6 percent as a blog, and 7 percent for an app platform. Mullenweg highlighted the app platform response as something new — it didn’t even make the response list from last year.

WP Engine, a hosting provider for WordPress sites, also did their own study, in which they looked at a broad, statistically valid sample of American adults and asked them whether they’ve heard of WordPress. The results showed that 29.3 percent showed that they had.

In perhaps a boon for WordPress, Mullenweg says that the blogging platform is now powering 18.9 percent of the Web, a 2.2 point increase from 2012.

(via The Next Web)



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