WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and paired with a MySQL or MariaDB database.
WordPress was originally created as a blog-publishing system but has evolved to support other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, membership sites, learning management systems (LMS) and online stores.
WordPress is one of the most popular content management system solutions in use.
WordPress was released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, American developer Matt Mullenweg and English developer Mike Little.
According to W3techs, WordPress has 61.8% of the CMS market share — more than all other systems (eg, Drupal, Joomla) combined.
Considering that the number of total active websites is estimated at over 1.3 billion according to a survey published by Netcraft, that means that around 455,000,000 websites are using WordPress right now.
WordPress 5.3 Has Been Downloaded Over 7 Million Times.
The latest version of WordPress (5.3) is written in 52 languages, which includes the 12 most popular languages of the world: Chinese, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, French, Spanish, Urdu, Russian, Bengali, German, and Japanese. WordPress makes it easy to translate a website into a different language. Currently, the English language version of WordPress is at the top of the list with 71% of WordPress blogs. Next is Spanish (4.7%), Indonesian (2.4%), and Portugese (2.3%
Some of the most successful companies in the world prefer WordPress as their CMS, including: TED, NBC, CNN, TechCrunch, People magazine, the NFL, Best Buy, CBS Radio, and UPS. These are just a few of the Fortune 500 companies powered by WordPress.
WordPress gets 20 billion page views per month!
There is a high demand for skilled freelancers, contractors, and direct hires. WordPress developers make an average of $57,778 per year, according to Indeed.
There are a number of jobs for a WordPress professional including:
- Web Developer
- Web Designer
- Graphic Designer
- Marketing and Social Media
- Technical Support Specialist
- Content Management
To get an idea of what people charge for WordPress services, you can visit the Envato Market’s WordPress section, or check out the WordPress freelancers at Upwork.