The WordPress project achieved a milestone earlier today as the official WordPress plugin directory surpassed one billion total downloads.
According to Scott Reilly who helps maintain WordPress.org, we’ll never know which plugin generated the one billionth download. That’s because WordPress.org doesn’t log information that matches downloads to plugins.
“A download counter exists for each plugin for each day and the total amount is the summation of all those daily download counts,” Reilly said.
As WordPress’ market share continues to grow, so does the amount of downloads from the plugin directory. The following numbers are the total amount of downloads from March 2006 to August 2015. This year, the directory is on pace to serve more than 300 million downloads.
- March 2006 191,567
- 2007 2,845,802
- 2008 15,130,856
- 2009 49,822,116
- 2010 72,342,598
- 2011 108,501,907
- 2012 141,609,682
- 2013 182,236,517
- 2014 241,142,505
- January 2015 to August 2015 186,243,700
It took nine years for the plugin directory to reach one billion downloads, when do you think it will reach two billion?