Over the last 19 years, WordPress has been on an intriguing and meteoric digital journey – growing from its humble beginnings as a blogging platform into a powerful content management system that powers the majority of websites around the world.
Its original goal was to improve the blogging experience for writers. Yet its expanding library of plugins and themes have catapulted it to become the heavyweight champion of content management systems.
Today, everyone (or at least 95% of people) will have heard of WordPress and know a couple of facts about it.
But there are fun and surprising facts tied to WordPress that we want to share with you because… well, it’s Friday!
Here are some intriguing facts to digest.
- WordPress’s ‘W’ logo was designed in 2005 – before that it had no logo.
- The person who coined the word “WordPress” was in Christine Tremoule.
- Despite being young, WordPress is older than Facebook and Twitter.
- WordPress.com is actually a different platform to WordPress.org.
- WordPress is one of the most requested job skills around the world.
- The CMS is available in more than 72 languages.
- WordPress has a CMS market share of 60.8%.
- Of the Fortune 500 companies, 11 of them use WordPress to power their websites.
- The platform holds community-based events called WordCamp.
- WordPress actually has its own mascot, a yellow cub-like animal called Wapuu.
- WordPress has its own dance, called the wiggle… and it’s as bad as you imagine.
- The annual salary of a WordPress developer is $64,308.
- The most popular WordPress theme in the world is Divi.
- The worst security breach for the content management system affected 18 million users.
- 52% of security vulnerabilities reported to WordPress were related to plugins.
- Plenty of celebrities have websites that are powered by WordPress, including Usain Bolt, Serena Williams,
Martha Stewart, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, and the Rolling Stones.
- Plenty of well-known brands also power their websites with WordPress, such as BBC America, Sony, PlayStation, Forbes, GM, Coca Cola, Wall Street Journal, the NFL, Disney, Samsung, eBay, and IBM.
- The most profitable company that uses WordPress is Automattic, with yearly revenues of $1.2 billion – Automattic is the company behind WordPress.
- Its library of plugins features more than 55,000.
There you have it. We hope you’ve enjoyed this dish of well-served WordPress facts!