Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress over on the WordPress.org blog, just made a blog post about the growth of WordPress blogging software and the ecosystem around it.
In the blog post titled "State of the Word" Mullenweg said that,
We've grown to power 14.7% of the top million websites in the world, up from 8.5%, and the latest data show 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress.
Mullenweg said that,
"We also conducted our first ever user and developer survey, which got over 18,000 responses from all over the world.
And, we found a few interesting tidbits from the survey responses already, including that 6,800 self-employed respondents were responsible for over 170,000 sites personally, and charged a median hourly rate of $50.
In tough economic times, it's heartening to see Open Source creating so many jobs. (If each site took only 3 hours to make, that's $29.5M of work at the average hourly rate.)"
Here are some highlights:
- A survey was issued to the community, and out of 18,000 responses, 2,800 make their living through WordPress, and consultants charge an average of $58 per hour.
- This year, 22% of newly registered domains are running WordPress.
- Future versions will include a responsive admin interface which resizes perfectly on all screen sizes, even smart phones.
- Drag-and-drop media uploads are planned for a future version.
- Upcoming releases will feature a more guided experience for new users.
- All plugins and themes which have not been updated in the past 2 years will be hidden from search results on the official directories.
- This year's community mission is to stamp out the Fauxgo.
Watch the Mullenweg's WordCampTV - State of the Word 2011 talk at WordCamp 2011, San Francisco: