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Many of the really big creatures in the on-line jungles currently rely on WordPress to run their websites? However, before we come to the results, let us briefly explain where WordPress is currently in the big picture of what is going on and what kind of contest it is in.
The WordPress did not come into the universe and looked like the kind of softwares that would democratise web publication or provide electricity to a significant proportion of it. Since then, a number of significant publications have consolidated WordPress's leading role in the on-line community and taken it to the top of the CMS hierarchy.
Mullenweg's recent appointment as Automattic chief executive seems to have gained both WordPress.com and WordPress.org dynamism over the past year, and he has given a number of interview reports mentioning this 50% goal of audience reach. However, WordPress does not have the box for itself.
WordPress's early years were largely characterized by rivalry with other open code CMSs ( generally PHP-based) such as Drupal and Joomla, but in recent years the competitive landscape has changed significantly. Regarding the publisher side of the formula, newcomers such as Media and - to a much smaller degree - Google are also exerting pressures, while legacy plattforms such as Facebook and Tumblr are competing strongly for the awareness of would-be WordPress publishers.
Will WordPress be able to maintain its legacy platform in a fiercely competitive environment while at the same time expand into previously undeveloped areas such as business travel and e-commerce? Asking the top 250 websites currently available seems to be an ideal starting point. As Alexa said in July 2015, the main focus of our research was on the 250 most important locations around the world to see how many rely mainly on WordPress.
We' re referring here to the key websites that are entirely based on WordPress, rather than just using them for the casual blogs housed in an arcane part of their networks. First thing we realized was that WordPress clearly has a great deal of room to expand when it comes to really breaking the world' s website élite.
Of the 100 best websites, one is operated with WordPress: WordPress. com, at number 39. 6 million WordPress supers are reading and trusting our blogs. WordPress.com's location is of course an amazing accomplishment in itself, but it underscores the relatively small number of truly massive stand-alone deployments of the platforms.
An interesting point from the top 100 is the number of non-English websites - about 40% of the total - proving that WordPress must continue to focus on localisation and internationalisation. Maybe unexpectedly, of the 250 top total websites, the only other full WordPress site that can be found is WordPress.org, which starts at number 214.
However, there were four other websites that we created with WordPress to provide a significant portion of their contents, and all of them are in the publish area. New York Times is number 111 on the Alexa mailing list and offers prominent functions on WordPress.com showscase pages, but WordPress is primarily used to operate the website's blogs rather than the entire website itself.
It is an impressing confirmation in itself, although some have proposed that WordPress could manage the whole site. At number 158, Forbes.com signs up for the Alexa mailing but, like the New York Times, trusts WordPress to focus on issues related to its blogs. You seem to run your own Falcon CMS system to run the vast majority of your website, which, in use of MongoDB, also uses WordPress features under the bonnet for item capture.
Like its famous American colleagues in the press, the Washington Post trusts WordPress to provide part of its contents and not all. The developer Yuri Victor gave an outstanding speech in which he explained how the post was already using WordPress for a large part of its blogs in 2013.
The Washington Post seems to have largely switched to developing its own solutions since then. One of the UK's top dailies, The Telegraph is ranked No. 234 in the Alexa Top 250 and in the WordPress.org Showcase.
Instead of providing WordPress with electricity for the whole website, it is used to provide an important part: We are so used to listening to WordPress dominate the on-line environment that the almost total shortage of WordPress-only pages in the 250 countries of the world is perceived as a shocking phenomenon. However, the position of WordPress.com and WordPress.org shows the performance of the platforms - no other CMS will appear on the lists this way.
Apart from that, it's a lean selection, with only a fistful (admittedly first-class) pages of published work using WordPress to run a blog. Think WordPress has a shot at breaking this end of the tide?