Once regarded as just a blogging tool, WordPress has quickly become a fully fledged content management system (CMS)
With WordPress, you are definitely in good company. The New York Times, CNN, Mashable, and eBay all run their blogs on the most popular CMS (Content Management System) in the world. 74.6 Million Sites Depend on WordPress!
WordPress is a favorite for professional web designers and agencies, and is used on millions of sites across the world.
The keyword “WordPress” alone receives over 450,000 exact match searches every month.
When you count the searches of all keywords with WordPress or WP (a common abbreviation for WordPress) in them, the monthly figure is a whopping 37 million searches.
Compared to Amazon: WordPress.com records an astonishing 126 million unique visitors per month, while Amazon falls quite a ways behind, clocking in at 96 million uniques per month. It’s hard to believe but true. The site that receives 130% of the unique visits of Amazon employs only 229 people. To keep that in perspective, Amazon.com employs 88,400 people to run their business, 38,603% more than WordPress.com.
Every second, close to 6 (the actual figure is 5.7) new posts are published on WordPress.com blogs. That averages out to 342 posts per minute. Just above 20,000 per day. And a grand total of 7.49 million annually.
A 2012 survey revealed that the average rate for a WordPress project clocks in at $50/hr. Web Developers now get an average of $3000 for building a five page website for clients.
oDesk, one of the most popular outsourcing sites in the world, lists WordPress development as the fifth most-requested skill. Freelancer.com, a similar website, has thus far recorded over $3.5 million in revenue for WordPress developers.
WordPress development is clearly a valuable skill to learn — one that can definitely pay off in the future. The need for it won’t be going anywhere for a while.
The best part about WordPress is that it’s easy to use and flexible enough for just about anything.
That’s the main reason why WordPress has grown so much in popularity.
WordPress is used by millions of people and almost every day new people are joining the WordPress community by creating their first WordPress powered websites.
Most people using WordPress are neither web designers nor programmers. As a matter of fact most folks start using WordPress without any prior knowledge of designing websites.
WordPress is developed with security in mind, so it is considered quite safe and secure to run any website. However, just like the real world, the internet can be an uncertain place.