Approximately 70% of WPHub.com readers have been using WordPress for at least two years according to our most recent poll results. With a total of 78 votes counted, 55 (or 70.5%) were cast by individuals or firms who have been enjoying the open-source platform for 2 years or more, with 31 votes (nearly 40%) registered by those who can consider themselves among the “WordPress Elite.”
The results, though not surprising, show that the WordPress Community has strong ties dating back to 2004 that is able to communicate and share knowledge across a variety of websites and forums. Our poll-type article from last week asked readers, How Long Have You Been Using WordPress?. If you haven’t had a chance to participate yet, you can still get your vote in and make a difference in the final outcome. If there are significant changes to the statistics, we will be sure to post a follow up article to coincide with the input.
Now used for roughly one quarter of all websites, WordPress has grown exponentially in recent years as Internet users continue to discover the benefits that go hand-in-hand with using templates and extensions that have been thoroughly tested by developers. The poll results also point out that there are a decent amount of new WordPress users (11.5 percent) that have been on the open-source platform for less than one year, while nearly 18% have between 1 and 2 years of experience with WordPress.
The enormous amount of value that can be obtained from setting up a website and using a custom-designed template is a driving factor when considering the amount of future users. With customizable settings that are often easier to adjust than video game profiles, one-click adjustment has become the norm regardless of whether a theme or extension is being configured for a magazine, corporate, gallery, real estate, restaurant or personal blog site.
What’s more, users in countries where PayPal is not accepted will now have access to premium products through the addition of Bitcoin as a WordPress payment method. Although unlikely to make a significant impact in overall usage immediately, the decision to accept digital currency could have positive long-term ramifications by expanding the WordPress market.
The Future Of WordPress
In the future, we’re likely to see even more simplification that will allow users to post to their Tumblog, share via social media and modify layouts with efficiency. This is already happening in many ways.
In an interview earlier this year, WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg stated that “WordPress was first for pure blogging, then became embraced as a CMS (though some people still deny this), is seeing growth and innovation in being used as an application platform (I think we’re about a third of the way through that), and just now starting to embrace social and mobile — the fourth phase of our evolution.”
There is also the eventual implementation of HTML 5, which must overcome several stumbling blocks still before it becomes mainstream and utilized like HTML 4 is today, but the potential remains impressive.
This Week’s WPHub.com Poll
Thanks to all our loyal readers who participated in last week’s poll on WordPress usage. This week, we’re asking you to choose your Favorite WordPress Theme Niche Categories by selecting from a number of niche template types ranging from personal to professional use. There are more than 10 categories to choose from in the new poll, plus a look at some of the most popular premium WordPress themes currently available on the market.
As always, if you have a comment, we encourage you to leave a reply in the section below. We will have a follow-up article next week that outline the results of our newest poll.