36 sites on WordPress showcase no longer running WordPress


The WordPress.org Showcase

Otto, moderator on the WordPress.org support forums, reported recently that upon checking approximately 500 websites listed on the WordPress Showcase, 36 sites were no longer running WordPress.

Website checks, Otto said, were done manually by viewing the HTML sources, feed sources, site structures, and checking for sections like “news” or “blog” to identify partial-WordPress sites. Of the 36 websites verified to not be running WordPress, Otto said a few were running ExpressionEngine, a significant number were using ASPs, and about a third were gone entirely.

The non-WordPress websites were removed from the Showcase the day after this was discovered.

Douglas Hanna, who is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the Showcase, said:

“What’s also interesting is that we lost a few blogs tagged with “Innovative” (a pretty selective tag, with only about 28 sites tagged Innovative), which to me says that some people are trying WordPress for advanced things and then perhaps giving up and moving to something else later if it does not work out the way they want.”

The WordPress.org Showcase is a gallery of high profile and unique websites running WordPress. If you would like your website to be considered for the showcase, use the “Submit a Site” button on the Showcase page.

For more on the Showcase, see this previous post on WPCandy.

4 thoughts on “36 sites on WordPress showcase no longer running WordPress

  1. Interesting find, especially after the blowup between Thesis and WP…

    Do you think WordPress has reached saturation, ie. the best times are behind WP?

    • I think the key part of this story is that, out of over 500 WordPress sites in the showcase, only 36 had issues. Those are actually good numbers, and at that rate probably only signal the need for regular maintenance / check-up.

      Of course, we can always speculate 🙂

      • It’s not necessarily “issues” that caused a change in platform either. Might as well have been a change of staff/webmaster/freelancer that preffered a different approach to maintaining the website.

        But like you said; We can only speculate.

        WordPress still has a great future ahead!

  2. I’m definitely with Pontus Ekman on this.

    I find that I can take on increasingly challenging tasks and figure out how to bend WordPress to my will to achieve them.

    So, there’s a big chance that the platform switches were caused by a new webmaster or freelancer. If I were to take on a project where the site was being run on a different platform, I would most likely push for a move to WP as that’s what I’m most comfortable working with and most proficient at.

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