Pingdom: WordPress Used to Run 48% of Top Blogs

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – On Wednesday, cloud and data monitoring firm Pingdom released an analysis of blogging platforms, discovering that WordPress is used to operate 48% of the world’s 100 most popular blogs.

“The last few years we’ve really focused on both the usability and flexibility of WordPress, which has resulted in accelerating growth in both big and small sites,” commented WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg in the release from Pingdom.

“I expect even higher adoption among the largest sites and blogs over the next year,” Mullenweg continued.

Falling behind both hosted and self-hosted WordPress platforms were twelve sites being operated via customized operations.  Meanwhile, seven of the top site operators relied on Gawker while six used content management system Drupal.

Pingdom previously released similar results in 2009. At that time, WordPress still dominated the market, but this year’s statistics found a 16% increase among its use by top sites.

Meanwhile, the years haven’t been as kind to TypePad which was used for sixteen of the top blogs just three years ago. This year’s numbers for the blogging service? TypePad is only used to operate two of the top blogs today.

Among the top sites using WordPress were TechCrunch, Mashable! and GigaOM. For more information regarding Pingdom’s analysis, visit