In part 1 of our fun WordPress statistics series, we talked about WordPress’s surprisingly large market share, alarming facts about WordPress security, how much WordPress developers stand to make, and so much more! Our guide was such a hit with all of you that we’re going in again for ten more surprising WordPress statistics and facts.
10 surprising WordPress statistics and facts:
1. 8% of WordPress hacks happen because of weak passwords
To date, some of the worst offenders have been “123456” and (shudder) “password”. In part 1 of our WordPress statistics, we saw how frequently WordPress gets hacked. So, you already know that you can’t afford to have a weak password. Even if you’ve taken the super important security step of installing a good SSL certificate, you’ll end up undoing all your hard work if you choose a password your neighbour’s dog could guess if given enough time.
2. WordPress is available in more than 100 languages
The WordPress Polyglots team is largely responsible for this amazing accessibility, but WordPress also has plugins like WeGlot that help break down the language barrier.
3. WordPress gets more than 20 billion page views per month
This popularity isn’t just baseless hype. WordPress is one of the most user-friendly Content Management Systems (CMS) on the planet. It was developed so that even the most technophobic among us could create a dazzling website, and the developers have never strayed from that vision. In fact, with countless innovations, themes and plugins, WordPress is even easier to use now than it was when it was first launched. It’s one of the few pieces of software that hasn’t become bloated and useless over time.
4. WordPress has fewer than 2,000 employees
Considering how massive WordPress is, you’d think they’d have a massive workforce to match. But WordPress has a surprisinglylow number of employees. (Compare that to Amazon, whose employees number nearly a million.)
5. WordPress complies with only about 33% of DMCA takedown requests
Some blogging and vlogging platforms are notorious for complying with every single DMCA takedown request, no matter how frivolous. Because these platforms are so scared of losing advertisers, they’ll remove or modify your content at even the softest whisper of the word “copyright”. And it’s true that matters of copyright can be a bit nebulous, but there’s also a lot of wiggle room for legally using someone else’s material in your own content. WordPress turns down approximately 67% of DMCA takedown requests, which makes it perfect for you rebels and rabble-rousers who need freedom of speech.
6. WordPress users produce about 70 million new posts per month
WordPress makes it easy to create and publish blog posts. With each post, you get more opportunities to increase the loyalty of your existing visitors, attract new visitors, and get more money in your wallet. This is great for increasing your online presence and your net worth.
7. WordPress.org is different from WordPress.com
If you’re new to WordPress, it’s easy to confuse WordPress.org with WordPress.com. But there’s a difference between the two. WordPress.org is compatible with the free, open source WordPress software. But WordPress.com is a blogging platform that’s based on the WordPress.org software. You can sign up for accounts on WordPress.com.
8. WordPress isn’t picky about platforms
WordPress can work with a variety of platforms. It’s compatible with iOS, WebOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry. This means that you don’t have to change your beloved platform just so you can use WordPress. You can install it and start using it right away!
9. 41% of WordPress attacks are due to choosing the wrong hosting platform
If you have a website, you need web hosting. Web hosting companies rent you space on their servers, so you have somewhere to store your website. If your web hosting company doesn’t properly maintain its servers or if its servers are overloaded with too many websites (including websites that are frequently blacklisted for security issues), your website will be more vulnerable to attacks. Help ensure the security of your WordPress website by choosing the right hosting platform for your site.
10. 84% of all attacks occur in the form of XSS attacks
XSS attacks (or Cross-Site Scripting attacks) are one of the most common forms of attacks, along with SQL database injections. Both these attacks rely on the existence of a database, because that’s what these attacks target. If you want to make your website safer, choose a good web host, install an SSL certificate, and use a strong password. If you want to eliminate the risk of XSS attacks altogether, see if you can convert your WordPress site to a static website. (Static websites have no database. If you’re a web development agency, this is also a tip you’ll want to pass on to your clients!)
And that’s it! Now you have ten more WordPress statistics to help you conquer the Tech category of homemade Jeopardy! If you enjoyed this fun listicle on WordPress statistics, you’ll also enjoy our article on 7 cybersecurity predictions for 2020.