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WordPress Market Share Drops…But I’m Staying Put

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If you read articles on the subject of blogging recently, perhaps you saw something historic: the WordPress market share actually fell a bit.

As a general rule, I don’t keep up with the annual stats on WordPress market share. When I started blogging, WordPress touted a small percentage of websites across the internet created on their platform.

It was 2016 when they announced the figure reached 25%. The growth picked up speed quickly.

In 2019, the number jumped to 30%. The following year, it hit 35%.

As of Jan. 1, 2022, the total crossed the 40% mark. A table at WPTavern listed the actual figure as 43.2%.

But just four months later, something very strange happened. The figure dropped. On May 11, the figure fell just three-tenths of a point to 42.9%.

Let’s not sound the red alert just yet.

I can’t say that three-tenths of a percentage point is reason to panic. Yes, it made history. For the first time in 19 years, the WordPress market share actually dropped instead of rising.

In a post titled, “WordPress’ market share is shrinking,” Joost de Valk tracked the monthly share estimate finding it actually rose as high as 43.3% in February and March, then fell to 43.0% in April, then to 42.9% in May.

So now we see a drop of four-tenths of a point.

De Valk suggests part of the reason could be that sites on Wix and Squarespace on average improved their site speed more than WordPress sites. He also writes that WordPress’ long-awaited “full-site editing,” which would have everyone eventually building everything without the need for themes, is still not ready.

Performance issues can definitely be a reason to make a switch. But that’s if performance on one platform is so much slower that it begins to affect the site you’re already on. Things would have to slow down dramatically for me to consider making a switch to a different platform.

Full-site editing doesn’t necessarily concern me, either. I’ve relied on themes of one kind or another since I launched this site on WordPress back in 2007. (Before that, it used the now-defunct AOL Journals platform.)

I’m happy enough with the theme I have that I’d hate to think of trying to build something on my own. Maybe I’ll change my mind on that one day. But I don’t see that day coming anytime soon.

WordPress, in my opinion, is still the place to be.

Even with 42.9% of sites using WordPress instead of 43.3%, that’s still a huge percentage of the web powered by that one platform. That means there has to be — out of necessity — plenty of experts out there and support forums for WordPress users. When you run into a problem, it can be far easier to find someone who can help. Because WordPress is open-source, it’s designed to be a community-focused platform. I’ve been able to get my questions answered, the rare times one popped up, quickly and easily.

I think that’s an important advantage.

Also, WordPress’s longevity means there are more theme and plugin options than you’d ever need. If you want to add a particular functionality to your site, you can almost always find a plugin that will do that very thing.

The famous WordPress Plugin Repository has nearly 60,000 plugins. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, honestly, you probably don’t really need it.

You’ll have to forgive me if I refuse to sweat such a small drop in WordPress market share. The percentage of websites that are built on the platform has little bearing on my site.

I think it’s the best choice out there.

That hasn’t changed at all.

the authorPatrick
Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.

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