WordPress – both in its hosted and self-hosted forms – has long been among the most popular platforms for personal and professional blogs (and it’s what we use here at TechCrunch, too). Looking at the top 100 blogs in Technorati’s index, a new study by website monitoring firm Pingdom found that 49% of the top 100 blogs now use WordPress. That’s up from 32% in 2009. No other platform even comes close.
Typepad was still the second most popular platform in 2009, but now it has virtually disappeared from the rankings. Movable Type, which was still being used by 12 of top 100 blogs in 2009, is now down to 7.
Interestingly, this has also given rise to a new degree of secrecy. Pingdom, for example, was unable to determine which platforms some of the top 100 sites use and was even told by one site administrator that he “was under non-disclosure agreement to not reveal anything about the site.”
WordPress, which is commonly used to refer to all WordPress products, is the most popular and fastest growing publishing platform on the web. WordPress began as a blogging platform but soon evolved to include additional types of websites including news sites, corporate sites (for large brands and small businesses alike), ecommerce sites and everything in between. Known as the Content Management System (CMS) of the Web, WordPress products (WordPress.org, WordPress.com and WordPress.com VIP) currently power 1 in 2 blogs...
Pingdom is an uptime monitoring service. When problems happen with a site that Pingdom monitors, it immediately alerts the owner so the problem can be taken care of. The company offers two packages. One runs for $9.95/month, while the other is $39.95/month.