WordPress has made an incredible impact on the web powering millions of websites, and a massive percentage of the top 10k, 100k, and 1 million websites online.  In fact, WordPress powers over 21% of the web… an absolutely astounding number. In mid 2013 it was powering 66 million websites and by now is probably running close to 70 million at its current growth rate. Nuts right?

According to builtwith, here is the WordPress percentage of top 10k, 100k, and 1 million websites respectively:

  • 46% of top 10k sites
  • 44.5% of top 100k sites
  • 52.5% of top 1 million sites

Its growth rate among the top sites is also astounding. You would think that with that high of a market share it would be very difficult to make any grounds. This is absolutely not the case with WordPress steadily gaining over the past 12 months.

WordPress powers some impressively massive sites like TechCrunch, CNN, GigaOM and other massive Internet juggernauts. Its time to stop thinking about WordPress as a basic CMS/blogging platform and take it seriously as a legitimate platform to power a top website in the world.

A highly skilled WordPress developer can make some really amazing and highly functional web pages on WordPress. It should be taken seriously among any non-eCommerce or non-SaaS focused companies who might be better off with something like Magento or Rails.

In some ways the massive market share has created a snowball effect, and the advantages of the massive open source community behind WordPress make it even more attractive each and every year. Here is a breakdown of some of the advantages of WordPress.

Advantages:

  • Easy to use
  • Scalable
  • Open Source Code That Anyone Can Use
  • Strong open source community
  • Great for SEO
  • Best blogging CMS
  • Massive theme options
  • Highly customizable

Disadvantages:

  • Security (most used platform means number one target for hackers)
  • Not MVC
  • Lacks the powerful features some frameworks and other CMS platforms may have out of the box

If you are building an eCommerce site or powerful SaaS platform that requires heavy backend development expertise you may want to consider other options besides WordPress. However, if this is not the case and you just want a great website to power your business, WordPress should absolutely be on your list if not at the top of your list for a CMS to build your website with.