WordPress Powering Practically Half Of The Top 10,000 Websites

BuiltWith Trends is an analytics company that provides weekly updated free information about the most popular technologies used on the web such as advertising, frameworks, ecommerce and content management systems. Their CMS page lists the distribution of popular CMS solutions across the top million, top one-hundred thousand, and top ten-thousand websites. It should be no surprise that WordPress takes the majority of the pie in each section but amongst the three different categories, there is something that I find interesting. For instance, amongst the top 100,000 websites, Vbulletin has a 3.42% share while amongst the top 10,000 websites, it has a 9.35% share. Amongst the top one million sites, Drupal has a share of 2.82% but within the top 10,000 websites, has a share of 23.33%.

WordPress Top Ten Thousand Websites

These numbers change on a weekly basis as their stats update but what this shows me is that there could be a lot of people using a particular CMS but that doesn’t necessarily translate into those sites having high traffic. I’m pretty impressed to see that WordPress powers practically half of the top 10,000 websites recorded by BuiltWith Trends. It’s also worthy of noting that Drupal commands just about a quarter of those sites showcasing that systems ability to handle massive websites.

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  1. I can’t say I’m surprised about WordPress, but I am surprised at the amount of websites Drupal and even vBulletin have, I mean I’ve used those two before, and not to knock them, but I believe WordPress is way above them, although I guess if you want primarily a forum vBulletin might be better than the WordPress forum options, but I don’t see why Drupal would have that many, WordPress has so much more to ofter, free or premium.

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  2. @Jamie Northrup – I use Vbulletin for the Tavern forum and boy, it sure could take a few lessons from WordPress in terms of interface design. The back end is something from 1990. It’s just interesting that amongst the top 10,000 sites, the ones that are using Drupal or Vbulletin have to be massive in terms of how much traffic they receive to show those kinds of percentage points.

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  3. I think it’s pretty cool that WordPress is getting a lot more numbers. I’ve worked with many CMS/bulletin systems and WordPress is by far my favorite to build out websites with. It’s definitely a lot more user friendly then Drupal (at least for me). But when it comes to Drupal vs WordPress users…it’s kind of like Mac vs PC!

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  4. I remember the days before WordPress. If you found a halfway decent CMS, they all had horrible, poorly documented upgrades – you’d have to basically reinstall it every time there was an update to ensure that you updated whatever the bug or exploit was being fixed. WordPress’s update feature is by far one of the premier reasons I like it. Before WordPress, with other CMS products, you had no plugins, so everything was a custom hack. I looked at Drupal, but Drupal is so overcomplicated it takes a staff of developers to maintain it. Drupal developers and users love talking about their “taxonomy”. I love the simplicity of WordPress, the ease of plugins, and the separation of themes from the core. Everything else out there is junk in comparison – including Joomla and whatever else you can think of, they could all take a lesson from WordPress. Another nice fact about WordPress sites is that Google gives them an unofficial SEO boost.

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  5. Just as a note, I think it’s a bit misleading to say nearly half of all websites. The stats only represent those sites that utilize a CMS. Many of these sites are still static, where the lower numbers quoted by Matt around 14% are more appropriate.

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  6. Nice…glad I made the decision to do a wordpress blog even when my computer science major roommate told me that it would be too complicated and that I needed to know some computer programming. Being that is was regarded as the best interface to have if doing a blog I opted to take the chance and picked what I thought and still feel is the best place to make your blog the best it can possibly be without sacrificing time on computer language and focusing on content.

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  7. I think was surprises me is the lack of non-PHP applications. Where is SharePoint, Umbraco? DotNetNuke is on the other charts but seriously? How did this become the most prominent ASP-based CMS? Its awful!

    Also I’d never heard of: http://www.pluck-cms.org/ until today – looks pretty nice :)

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  8. @Brian Krogsgard – Well, I didn’t say half of all websites, I said

    practically half of the top 10,000 websites recorded by BuiltWith Trends

    if you wanted to get picky, you could pick from any number of analytic companies and come up with a number based on who is in their surveying group.

    @Giovanni – The numbers are not wrong and are specific to the surveying group that Builtwith Trends has. The numbers change from week to week so they could be a little higher or a little lower but when I wrote this post, you can see in the screenshot that the number was for the top 10,000 sites monitored by Builtwith Trends.

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