WordPress the Most Popular CMS Among Top 100 Blogs

Top CMS 2013

If you needed any further proof that WordPress is the most popular blogging platform among the blogosphere’s biggest and brightest, here it is.

According to website monitoring leader Royal Pingdom, “WordPress is strengthening its position as the dominating blogging platform or Content Management System (CMS) used by the world’s top 100 blogs”. Pretty impressive stuff for a humble, open-source platform which is only now on the brink of its 10th anniversary, right?

As illustrated in Royal Pingdom’s annual study and subsequent report, WordPress is currently used by 52% of the world’s top blogs – which is up from 48% in 2012 – demonstrating WP’s position as a global CMS giant is only strengthening. Namecheap also wrote a comprehensive article outlining the many reasons why WordPress is a great choice for many sites.

So what exactly is this study based on?

Essentially, Royal Pingdom works off Technorati’s list of the most popular blogs around the world, and use these as a benchmark to measure overall trends in the popularity of different content management systems, including WordPress, Drupal, Gawker, BlogSmith, Moveable Type, TypePad, Blogger, Ceros, Joomla, Tumblr, and custom CMS.

Founded as the first blog search engine and now regarded as the leading blog directory on the web, Technorati indexes in excess of one million blogs and has become the definitive source on the authority and influence of blogs, as well as who and what is most popular in the blogosphere.

The Technorati Top 100, ranked by Technorati Authority, lists the top 100 blogs in the world and is updated daily. Blogs frequently included in the Top 100 list include Gawker, The Huffington Post, TMZ.com, Mashable, MacRumours, and Jezebel, and indicate each blog’s category and change in ranking.

Royal Pingdom took Technorati’s March 20, 2013 Top 100 list and tried to identify which blogging platform or CMS each of the sites listed is using. Out of those top 100 blogs, Royal Pingdom was able to identify the CMS used by 94 of those sites – and compiled a breakdown of the statistics.

52% of Top 100 blogs on the WordPress platform

WordPress was overwhelmingly recognised as the most popular platform, and identified as the CMS for the following (March 20, 2013) Top 100 blogs. Be sure to check them out for some inspiration regarding what can be done using the WordPress platform to create a hugely successful site.

  1. Mashable
  2. TechCrunch
  3. Mediaite
  4. Arstechnica
  5. Bits Blog
  6. Alex Jones’ Infowars
  7. Laughing Squid
  8. The Blaze
  9. Hot Air
  10. Scoutus Blog
  11. The Opinion Pages
  12. Deadline Hollywood
  13. CNN Political Ticker
  14. Boing Boing
  15. The Next Web
  16. 9to5Mac
  17. Wired Science, Wired
  18. MacRumours
  19. SlashGear
  20. The Caucus Blog
  21. Red State
  22. ArtsBeat Blog
  23. Marginal Revolution
  24. Playstation Blog
  25. Felix Salmon
  26. ExtremeTech
  27. Threat Level, Wired
  28. AMERICAblog
  29. Big Lead Sports
  30. Flavorwire
  31. Colossal
  32. The Inquisitor
  33. Economix Blog
  34. Geekosystem
  35. The Lede Blog
  36. Opinionator
  37. Bleeding Cool
  38. The American Interest
  39. Consequence of Sound
  40. Danger Room, Wired
  41. Watts Up With That?
  42. Geek
  43. Consumerist
  44. Cele|bitchy
  45. Trail Blazers Blog
  46. Siliconera
  47. Naked Capitalism
  48. GalleyCat
  49. Ubergizmo
  50. Hip2Save
  51. ANIMAL
  52. Phandroid

This year’s results show a substantial increase in the number of Technorati Top 100 blogs on the WordPress platform, as opposed to just 27 percent in 2009.

For a closer look at the breakdown, you can check out Royal Pingdom’s original graphic illustrating this year’s results here. Like the graphic used in this post? You can create your own using Infogr.am.

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Nikki

Written by Nikki

Nikki is a professional freelance writer and story teller with a passion for the web and technology. She writes for WP Dev Shed and amongst a roster of other clients.

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