SAN FRANCISCO — At the annual San Francisco WordCamp, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg told the audience a fascinating stat about the service.
In a talk that also included details on the next two versions of WordPress, Mullenweg said, “We’re now up to 18.9 percent of the web running WordPress. … We’re going to see the number of people who have WordPress as part of their daily habits grow exponentially.”
Around 66 percent of those sites and blogs are in English. Monthly pageviews for all WordPress sites and blogs rose to a massive 4 billion in 2013.
Mullenweg also said around 30 percent of respondents in a recent survey from WP Engine were aware of WordPress as an entity or brand.
The service just celebrated its tenth anniversary in May, and parent company Automattic took a sizable $50 million funding round, also in May.
A lot of WordPress’ growth is centered around its mobile apps. Automattic rolled out a total of 15 mobile app updates for WordPress in the past 12 months. According to a company-conducted survey, around 18 percent of WordPress users access the service from an Android tablet; 31 percent come to the service from an iOS device; and 30 percent find their way to WordPress on Android smartphones.
Mullenweg also said WordPress is seeing a threefold increase in the number of new signups via mobile.
With all that traffic, all those signups, and all those sites and blogs popping up on the platform, the company is also preparing to launch Developers.WordPress.org — it’s not live yet, but it will serve as a developer resource with all kinds of goodies for folks who build on WordPress.