CMS Usage Around the Web

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Here is something interesting I saw the other day. The people (or perhaps computers) down at Builtwith.com compiled a massive who uses what as far as CMS systems go. Now I knew that a lot of websites use WordPress. What I didn’t know is how large the WordPress population really is and how many of the top sites (in this case the top 10,000) on the Internet use WordPress.

I should mention that I don’t want you to think that this is some huge startling revelation that will blow your mind whole. Sadly, its not huge, but it is still interesting when you think about all the different ways you can create a web site and the fact that most sites, especially the most visited, are probably custom. That being said let’s look at the numbers.

There are more than 4 million websites that run WordPress. The second most popular CMS is Joomla with over 1.4 million sites. On a sidenote, between PHP Nuke and DotNetNuke, DotNetNuke seems to have won hands down. PHP Nuke only accounts for 10,977 total websites and only 159 websites in the top million most visited sites (all according to Builtwith.com).  DotNetNuke on the otherhand runs on 112,376 total websites and has 4,225 websites in the top million (also according to Builtwith.com). Kinda sad really. I remember when PHP Nuke was everywhere… seems like a lost piece of vintage Internet. And back to WordPress.

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The usage of WordPress has been increasing steadily over the past year and currently accounts for 77,185 websites in the top million. Of the CMS population, WP accounts for over 62%. In the top 10k, WP is used by 4.62% (462 sites if you don’t feel like doing the math) of all websites. Amongst CMS sites, every 1 in 2 CMS sites in the top 10k is run by WP. None too shabby.

Now the good bit. Though Joomla is in second place, used by 1.4 million sites in total (making it 2nd place for overall CMS usage), it is only used by 49 sites in the top 10k and in fact is the 4th most popular CMS behind Drupal and vBulletin. Food for thought… well semi-shallow thoughts that like to splash around on the pool steps instead of diving it, but then again it is a Thursday morning….

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