As a consultant for small business owners exploring online options, one question I get asked constantly is: what percentage of the internet is actually powered by WordPress?
With over 60% market dominance globally, WordPress completely overshadows competitors like Shopify and Wix many times over in terms of adoption across the web. After assisting thousands of entrepreneurs in establishing an online presence, I‘ve seen firsthand how versatile and vital WordPress is for small companies seeking to tap into digital channels.
Unmatched Scale and Growth
WordPress now powers over 43% of all websites on the internet, up from just 23% in 2016. That means nearly 1 out of every 2 sites you visit is likely running on WordPress.
Some statistics that showcase its unmatched scale:
- 455+ million WordPress sites currently active
- 63 million new posts created every month
- Over 60 billion webpages served monthly
And with no signs of slowing down, a venturebeat study forecasts WordPress on track to power 50% of sites by 2027.
I attribute this meteoric rise both to ease of use for anyone starting a website and near endless customizability for developers building complex solutions.
Ideal for Entrepreneurs and Small Biz
As a consultant who aids entrepreneurs daily, I always recommend WordPress as the optimal foundation for any early-stage online presence like:
- Company or Service Website
- Blog / Content Hub
- Online Store / Retailer Sites
- Portfolios / Showcases
It simply offers the best features and flexibility, especially on a budget. And allows seamless scaling from the simplest blog to full-blown e-commerce site as a company grows.
Plus, with 35% of WordPress sites now utilizing popular e-commerce plugins like WooCommerce, even the largest retailers can be powered by WordPress but still retain complete ownership over their brand, data and customer experience.
Affordable Hosting Cost Considerations
One question every new entrepreneur faces is how much it costs annually to setup and host a WordPress site. From experience, I share the following hosting fee guidelines:
- Shared Hosting: $70-$120 per year
- Managed WordPress Hosting: $300-$500 per year
- Dedicated Hosting: $1,000+ per year
The rates fluctuate based on bandwidth usage, storage space required and desired page load speeds. I always stress investing early in managed WordPress hosting for long-term stability and support.
Many clients I advise ultimately spend $350-$450 per year once their site grows beyond blogging to support e-commerce, membership areas etc. This provides excellent performance and helpful customer service.
Conclusion and Recommendations
Given WordPress unprecedented adoption across over 43% of all sites, no other platform offers the same value for bootstrapping a new online brand presence.
My advice for small businesses remains unwavering: build your website with WordPress from day one. It offers everything needed to establish and grow your company site over time at affordable rates.
For any questions on development, hosting or leveraging WordPress further, don‘t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to helping take your web presence to the next level.