In a report entitled the State of the Web, it has been revealed that WordPress is by far the most popular CMS used across the internet in 2017. Some 65% of websites are estimated to use the WordPress system, with other CMS systems such as Joomla and Drupal trailing way behind with a tiny 7.2% and 5.3% respectively.
The report also goes on to list the top active WordPress themes and the most popular plugins. Leading the pack in the world of plugins is Askimet, WordPress SEO, Contact Form plus the WordPress importer. These plugins have helped WordPress to develop into the powerful and versatile CMS that it is today, essentially giving users complete control over their sites. In addition to this, the mobile optimization features found within WordPress, also help to make it popular – despite this, at 51% optimization, there are fewer sites optimized than might be expected
Ease of Use
Among the reasons cited for such an overwhelming market share is the ease of operation for WordPress users. Particularly when combined with WordPress compatible hosting services, that are also intuitive and simple to manage – to stay ahead of the game providers of web services need to provide sophisticated options that are easy to use, thus the onus laid firmly at the feet of users who have the freedom to continuously implement new features as their knowledge and experience develops. Hosting services will also help shape WordPress’s future, as companies like 1&1 provide advanced WordPress integration and secure hosting services.
In essence, this means that WordPress is responsible for many top websites around the world, including publishers such as The New York Times, CNN and Mashable. Some 4 million new blog posts each day also help the CMS top the rankings, with an estimated 181 million blogs for these posts to be published upon.