Stat Attack – The Most Used CMS and for What Reason

The power of content management systems is undeniable, given the fact that more than 90% of the websites on the internet are hosted on a CMS. With emerging trends in crowdfunding, e-commerce, and open source websites, content management is certainly becoming more crucial for web developers and designers.


Despite the fact that we still facing security and vulnerability issues in CMS, the technology has evolved and become more refined over the years. For the most part, people had started to believe that rich content only makes a website more irresponsive, but not anymore. So without further ado, we take a look at the most used CMS in regards to industry and their impact on the onset of CMS.

Stats and data courtesy of Built With.

Most Used CMS – Top 1 Million Sites

If you thought that WordPress was the winner by a long shot, you weren’t wrong. Among the top million sites on the internet, 52.8% are currently managed on WordPress. The second biggest share is by Blogger by 8.8%, the brainchild CMS of Google, followed by Drupal (5.6%) and Joomla (5.3%). Despite the fact that major websites like NASA and The New York Times are managed on vBulletin, it only accounts for 0.65% of the market share.

Most Used CMS – The Entire Internet

Across the internet, WordPress still dominates with a healthy market share of 49.6%. In other words, almost half of the websites live today are managed on WordPress, which explains why developers are keen to leverage on the CMS. Drupal, Joomla, BuddyPress, phpFox, Elgg and other CMS combine to constitute 34.4% of the websites across the internet. vBulletin remains on a low key with only 0.1% market share.

Industrial Data

WordPress is the heavyweight in blogging and currently has a market share of a staggering 97.9%. On the other hand, its Google counterpart only makes up 1.67% of the market share, while Tumblr continues to grow in popularity, especially in the young crowd with 0.07% share in blogging.

About 74.2% of the websites that use open source technology are currently maintained on WordPress. Drupal, known for its intuitive open source platform, makes up for 21.6% of the market share, followed by Joomla at 1.52%. With the increasing focus towards open source technology and more flexibility for developers, expect Drupal to have a larger chunk of the market in the following years.

On the e-commerce front, things look significantly different as Adobe CQ is the leading e-commerce CMS with 68% of sites managed on the Adobe Systems. ExpressionEngine is slowly catching up with Adobe and now makes up for 20.3% of e-commerce sites, followed by iAPPS that is features in 11.7% websites.

Last but not the least, Convio is the straight up leader in crowdfunding as more than 99% of crowdfunding websites are now managed on the CMS. Despite competition from Selfstarter and CrowdHoster, Convio has established its place in the market.

From these stats, we learn that Drupal, Joomla, and other CMS are still a long way from catching up with WordPress. However, given the improving flexibility for developers in Joomla and Drupal, WordPress may start to lose its market share, especially given the vulnerabilities that the CMS has become prone to.

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