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WordPress (WP) is the most well-known open-source software that is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) on the planet.

There’s no denying that WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world.

What started off as a personal project is now an integral part of the internet’s architecture, powering hundreds of millions of websites.

It handles all-things website building and hosting, from personal blogs, information sites, small business content, and big business companies.

The best part about WP is that it’s easy to use and flexible enough to make different types of websites.

According to a recent survey, WP powers 34% of all websites on the internet.  Here are some numbers to put things in perspective…

  • It holds nearly 60% of the CMS market share. No other website builder software comes close.
  • More than 22% of all new domain names in the United States are running on the WP platform.
  • 17 posts are published every second on WP sites around the world.
  • 37 million global Google searches for “WordPress” are made per month.
  • It powers 14.7% of top 100 websites in the world.
  • The CMS is available in 162 different languages localities around the world.
  • 805 new WordPress websites are launched every day.

But these are just the tip of the iceberg. It also continues to grow in its reach and usage by individuals, notable celebrities and leaders, and big companies all over the world.

It’s best known as a blogging platform, but the majority of websites on the platform are eCommerce storefronts, a large portion of which belong to Fortune 500 companies like Fortune.com, CNN, and the New York Post or tech giants like Microsoft and Facebook News.

But what makes WordPress such a great and popular website builder?

The popularity of WordPress is majorly attributed to not only its relatively low costs and simplicity but also by factors like a wide choice of plugins and themes, availability of language packs, security, and SEO-friendliness.

It takes care of 80-90% of the mechanics of SEO. This statement was made in by Matt Cutts, the then head of Google’s webspam team. Plus, you have a bunch of plugins that can assist you in getting your site’s SEO right.

Another important factor in WordPress’s immense popularity is that it automates many of the time-consuming tasks involved in web publishing.

The famous 5 Minute Install lets you launch a WP site with just a few clicks allowing you to say good-bye to expensive developers and frustrating coding stuff.

Although, there’s no need to have coding knowledge while creating your own website with WordPress, it’s a little bit intimidating to operate if you are not tech savvy.

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