WordPress is now responsible for over 50 million websites

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Over the weekend the WordPress project crossed another big milestone: there are now over 50 million installations of WordPress running online.

That’s five. Zero. And then six more zeros.

Andrew Nacin was the first to share the news on Sunday, when the big number was crossed. The milestone number includes both self-hosted and hosted versions of WordPress, as the number comes from the stats page on WordPress.com.

Matt Mullenweg commented on the news on his blog, explaining that for him it’s not just about the numbers:

It’s always fun to pass a big round number and over the weekend many libations were consumed with friends old and new, but ultimately the press has always been more concerned with those top-line numbers than we have in the WordPress community. More sites being created is a good benchmark for our adoption, but ultimately WordPress matters not for the blogs it creates but for the lives it affects.

A number of other stats are presented on WordPress.com as well. They’re only specific to WordPress.com bloggers, but they are still impressive numbers. For instance over 285 million people view more than 2.5 billion pages each month. Also, WordPress.com users produce about 500,000 new posts and 400,000 new comments on an average day.

That’s a few more than I do each day.

It has only been a couple of days since hitting the big 50 million mark and the counter is already a quarter of the way to 51 million (as seen in the image above). How long until we see this number double and 100 million flash up on the board?

2 thoughts on “WordPress is now responsible for over 50 million websites

  1. It’s hard for me to imagine 50,000,000 websites, period! Then, to try and imagine that many sites powered by WordPress is mind bloggling (an honest typo but I’ll leave it).

  2. “It has only been a couple of days since hitting the big 50 million mark and the counter is already a quarter of the way to 51 million…”

    WOW!! ..that is some growth ….at that rate 100 million in just over 1 year .. about the time of the London Olympics 2012 🙂

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