WordPress rules the web — so where’s the money?

Published: September 13, 2012

“Today WordPress powers one of every 6 websites on the Internet, nearly 60 million in all, with 100,000 more popping up each day. Those run through its cloud-hosted service, which lets anybody create a free website online, attract 330 million visitors who view 3.4 billion pages every month.”

Given the ubiquity of WordPress, why isn’t [WordPress founder Matt] Mullenweg, now 28, a billionaire? Since its founding in 2005 Automattic has chosen scale over scratch, giving away much for free. Only 1% of WordPress.com devotees pay. Not among them: users of WordPress.org (the open-source version), who run servers and implement the software themselves. A small percentage has only recently been coaxed into paying for additional features like file backups. Automattic implemented an ad-sharing service–on a limited basis–just last year.

… a massive community of developers and consultants make a living directly off of WordPress. In a recent survey, the company found 20,000 people across the globe hosting blogs, designing websites and offering maintenance services for WordPress users.”

[Source: forbes.com]

2011 Open Source CMS Market Share Report


Results of a study of various popular Content Management Systems:

The 2011 Open Source CMS Market Share Report concludes that three brands — Joomla!, WordPress, and Drupal — dominate today’s market. The Report concludes that WordPress leads in brand strength and market share after a strong year.

The Report follows the market share and brand strength indicators for 20 top systems, assessing each on a wide variety of measures. The study focuses on identifying the market leaders, both in terms of rate of adoption and mindshare.

While WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal lead the survey set across a wide range of measures, the report also identifies other trends in this year’s open source CMS market.

** DotNetNuke continues to lead the .NET CMS race, though Umbraco shows strength.

** Liferay & Alfresco are neck and neck in the Java CMS race.

** Concrete5 turns in an exceptional year.

The report includes more than 30 exhibits drawn from extensive research and a survey of more then 2,500 users of content management systems.

[source: waterandstone.com]