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One in four websites on the web are now powered by WordPress.

“Today is a big day for the free and open-source content management system (CMS). To be clear, the figure doesn’t represent a fraction of all websites that have a CMS: WordPress now powers 25% of the web.

The latest data comes from W3Techs, which measures both usage and market share: “WordPress is used by 58.7% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 25% of all sites.” While these numbers naturally fluctuate over the course of the month, the general trend has seen slow but steady growth.

We should be comfortably past 25% by the end of the year,” Automattic founder, Matt Mullenweg declared.

We have indicators that the CMS is likely to grow even further. In October, 29.5% of new sites used WordPress, and new sites usually show where the market is heading.

If we look at sites that changed their CMS recently, we see that WordPress is mostly gaining from Joomla, Drupal and Blogger. There are also systems that gain more sites than they lose, most notably Magento, Squarespace and Shopify, but compared to the overall WordPress user base, these numbers are almost negligible.

Every 74 seconds a site within the top 10 million starts using WordPress as its content management system. Compare this with Shopify, the second-fastest growing CMS, which is gaining a new site every 22 minutes.

The big opportunity for many agencies is the 57% of websites that don’t use any identifiable CMS as of yet, and that’s where I think there is a ton of growth for us (and I’m also rooting for all the other open source CMSes).”

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