The founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, announced at the State of the Word that his company now powers 14.7% of all websites. This is up 8.5% from last year- a huge increase in such a small period of time. The announcement detailed that 22% of new active domains in the US are now running WordPress.
Wordpress also conducted our first ever user and developer survey, which got over 18,000 responses from all over the world. The responses came from all of the areas on the graphic below.
Mark Mullenweg stated; "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."
Mullenweg ended cheekily; "There has never been a better time to be part of the WordPress community, and I want to thank each and every one of you for making it such a wonderful place to be. Now it’s time to get back to work, there’s still 85.3% of the web that needs help."
I personally am very happy for WordPress' success and am amazed by what they have accomplished. While I cannot wait to see what they will have managed to pull off by this time next year, I am ever so slightly concerned by the amount of responsibility required when so many websites depend on one company.