WordPress is the most widely used open source content management system (CMS) in the world. As of March 2022, the CMS has powered about 43.3 percent of websites worldwide, including the New York Times, Spotify, TechCrunch, and the official White House website.
Now, for the first time since its inception in 2003, WordPress’ market share has dropped slightly to 42.9%, according to data published by w3techs.com.
“For maybe 25 years, I’ve said it’s ‘WordPress or nothing’. Now? Hardly. I could care less,” saying Chris Brogan, Appfire’s chief of staff.
On the other hand, Shopify and Wix saw an increase in market share of 4.3 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively.
in the cards
WordPress is built on top of PHP and MySQL. Today, developers prefer a different approach than PHP. Former Marketing and Communications Lead at WordPress, Joost De Valk, saying:: “The moment that I feared so much would come, has arrived. WordPress market share is shrinking.”
Discussions about WordPress ease of use have been going on for some time in the WordPress community, and it’s no surprise that its market share is declining.
In a blog post, Joost De Valk said that in about a year, sites on Wix and Squarespace have, on average, improved their site speed more than WordPress sites. Even though WordPress has a performance team now and has made some progress, the reality is that it hasn’t made any big strides yet, he said.
WordPress will remain the market leader for a long time, but the decline in market share is seen as a symptom of a deeper problem.
The company recently released WordPress 6.0, called ‘Arturo’, inspired by the Grammy-winning jazz musician, Arturo O’Farrill. It comes with over 500 improvements and 400 bug fixes. WordPress hopes to make the platform easier for developers to use and bring a rich content creation experience to its end users.
Arthur’s new features include an improved typing experience, built-in patterns, and block blocking controls.
“Expanding Gutenberg to a full WordPress site editing experience means that all the issues the community had to address were complex and far-reaching. WordPress 6.0 is an example of the community’s commitment to tackle these difficult challenges together.
“With thoughtful updates to the typing experience, the creation of better block functionality, and the addition of a new, intuitive style toggle, I’m very proud of the work that has gone into this version to create a great editing experience for the site,” said Josepha Haden Chomphosy, CEO, WordPress.
For the first time in a decade, Joost De Valk said that WordPress is being outpaced in innovation. Other CMS’s like Squarespace and Wix aren’t doing anything groundbreaking of their own either; instead, they are just implementing best practices for both site speed and SEO.
time to reboot
A few years ago, not many small or medium-sized businesses sold their products online or had a website to begin with. In recent years, even more so since the pandemic, many companies are going online and many Internet companies are appearing all over the world. A small internet business might go for Wix due to site speed and SEO as they completely rely on their website for revenue.
Nick Wilmot, a member of the larger WordPress community, said that if WordPress wants to maintain its market share or, better yet, grow it, it’s going to have to get down to business. For me, as a small studio, that means releasing well-thought-out and largely comprehensive features that make it easy to build sites that clients find easy to manage, he added.
Similarly, Jon Henshaw, director of SEO at Paramount, said that Wix and Squarespace are simpler tools for building a site. As your SEO tools improve, there is less and less reason to switch to WordPress.
The bottom line is: WordPress has problems to fix.