With an overview of 2012 via WordPress.org I thought it would be neat to take a look at what 2012 looked like for WordPress.com – specifically via metrics, a bit of analytics, and some very basic math.
There’s some neat things that have happened cumulatively that are worth noting:
1. 60 MM WordPress Sites
By WordPress’ own calculations there are nearly 60,000,000 WordPress sites in the world. That’s a lot of WordPress. And we know the figure is even larger as there are private installations behind firewalls and on intranets that WordPress stats can’t touch.
But even more telling is the fact that 17% of the top 1MM sites in the world are powered by WordPress – that’s no laughing matter.
2. Over 41 Billion Views
Or 41,351,004,449 views to be exact, just in 2012 alone. Yes, it’s a bit mind-numbing if you ask me. That’s a lot of eyeballs viewing WordPress.com blogs!
3. Over 351 Million Blog Posts Published (and 79 Million Pages)
Or 351,612,631 to be exact. The amount of content being generated is staggering but also consider how many people have completely trusted the WordPress application to showcase and communicate their most important ideas and work.
Have you considered how important it is to trust the platform technology with your digital doorway to the world? Many of these people probably haven’t considered it as much as I have but they do implicitly every single time they hit the ‘Publish’ button.
In addition, over 79 million static pages were created (79,053,309 to be exact). It’s fascinating to notice the big jump in the last quarter of 2012 – a jump that’s unparalleled in previous year-over-year looks.
4. Over 468 Million Comments
Or 468,322,352 to be exact. That’s a lot of conversing. But, look at the graph for crying out loud – there was a tipping point in 2012, starting in January, where the growth of engagement just took off like a rocket.
It would be fascinating to know what effected this incredible jump and what has continued to sustain it progressively.
5. Over 258 Million Uploads
Or 258,583,029 to be exact. People are trusting WordPress.com to carry and showcase their incredible work. What would be neat is to know exactly how much file space was used up to manage all these uploads as I’m sure that not all of them were 150×150 pixel avatar photos. If it includes WordPress.tv uploads the size could be significant.
6. Over 40 Million Published Posts via XML-RPC
WordPress supports standard blog posting APIs like XML-RPC and the total posts in 2012 that used those APIs is 40,729,210. This is an area that excites me personally as I see this area as a huge potential for growth.
Well, that’s a quick and dirty overview of what happened on WordPress.com by the numbers. We can only assume that these numbers will continue to trend upwards and to the right as adoption grows and more and more people see how WordPress.com can solve many of their own needs for publication.
Well done WordPress.com – cheers to 2013!
Oh, and by the way, if you want my XLS file that I created to calculate these values for your own creative use then you can download it here – let us know how you use it as well!