WordPress is an open source content management system (CMS) that allows you to create and manage different types of websites (blog and e-commerce site for example) without the need for advanced knowledge in web development.
It is very flexible and offers developers thousands of third-party plugins to extend the functionality of their WordPress site. It is one of the strengths of the CMS, whose success can easily be translated into figures. WordPress does not only have positive points but also problems that its publisher tries to solve on a daily basis.
To better present these different points, the site Skilled.co has compiled different information on WordPress through a computer graphics. The data come from a variety of sources, Including official WordPress sites, but also barometers such as W3Tech.
For the most interesting points, one can start with the place of WordPress in the CMS market. There, WordPress ranks the lion’s share with 59% ahead of Joomla (6%) and Drupal (5%), respectively in second and third place.
It should be noted that in December 2016, more than 45% of websites used WordPress and today, 17 million websites use this CMS. Its hosting platform also attracts many bloggers in various fields. As WordPress users write results, monthly, nearly 70 million articles. Many famous sites also use WordPress. Among the media are Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The New York Times. There are also many technology blogs that use this system to manage their content.
WordPress gives access to more than 46,000 plugins and more than 4,000 free themes. For developers, it may also be worthwhile to get an idea of the profitability of premium WordPress themes. On the ThemeForest platform (where WordPress themes and templates can be bought), 50% of WordPress themes earn at least 1000 euros per month. A 25% rate yields more than 2500 euros per month, compared with 15% for more than 5000 euros, 7% for more than 7500 euros and 5% for more than 10000 euros per month.
And how much do WordPress developers earn as salaries? In the United States, it should be noted that the average annual salary of WordPress developers is $79,000. However, it is slightly less than what Drupal developers ($84,000) and Joomla ($82,000) earn.
With its success as a content management system and with websites, WordPress is also highly targeted by hackers. Among the CMS, it was by far the one with the most pirated sites in the first quarter of 2016, with a rate of 78%. Among its main competitors, Joomla had only 14% of its sites that had been pirated, against 5% for Magento and 2% for Drupal.
Always on the security side, WordPress has been at the center of many major events. In 2011, for example, 18 million users were targeted by attacks. In 2014, more than 162,000 WordPress sites were targeted for DDoS attacks.
In 2016, 2.6 T and 11.5 million documents were stolen during the Panama Papers scandal. Moreover, vulnerable versions of WordPress were indexed as having helped the attackers in the leak of the data. Just last month, security experts have yet discovered a Zero day flaw in the WordPress password reset mechanism; which flaw could allow an attacker to get the password reset link.
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