WordPress by Far the Most Popular Blog Platform


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A new study by Pingdom has revealed that WordPress is by far the world's most popular blogging platform, and is used by 48% of the top 100 blogs on the internet, up from 32% 3 years ago. The chart below illustrates the top blogging platforms used by the top blogs over the last three years:

top blogging platforms

As mentioned, WordPress takes up the lion's share at 48%, and interestingly, custom blog platforms are on the rise, coming in at 14%. No one is using Bricolage or Expression Engine anymore, and strangely, Tumblr only accounted for one site. Movable Type and Drupal are relatively popular at 7 and 6 % respectively. Five sites use Gawker. TypePad and BlogSmith are notably on the decline since 2009.

WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg had this to say on the current position of his platform, ”The last few years we’ve really focused on both the usability and flexibility of WordPress, which has resulted in accelerating growth in both big and small sites. I expect even higher adoption among the largest sites and blogs over the next year.” Speaking of the "big" sites, here is a list of the top 10:

top ten blogs

Interestingly, WordPress accounts for only 3 of the top 10 blogs presently online. The Huffington Post, the world's biggest, uses Movable Type, and 50% of the blogs on the list use a custom platform or opted not to answer.

With Tumblr rapidly becoming very popular, reporting 100 million unique visitors and over 15 billion pageviews per month in January, it's evident that the survey results might look a bit different in 2015.