WordPress Turns 18 and Powers Over 40% of the Web

We Celebrate With A Gift For You

Happy Birthday, WordPress! Not only has WordPress turned 18 today, but it also powers over 40% of the global Internet, and you, one of our many WordPress.com members, are a big part of the reason.

See the Journey WordPress Took To Power Over 40% of the Web

To thank you for being a part of the journey, we’ve included a 40% off coupon later in this post, but for now, we wanted to highlight a few of the WordPress.com stats and milestones that brought us together as a community. 


  • Number of Posts Written in the last 10 years: 2.3+ BILLION
  • Number of Words Published: 641+ BILLION
  • Number of Comments: 1+ BILLION
  • Number of Posts Liked: 951 MILLION


August 8, 2005

WordPress.com, the first managed hosted version of the open source publishing platform, was born.

On August 8, 2005, the first iteration of WordPress.com was opened to Beta testers and then made available to the public on November 21, 2005, as an invitation-only service. The goal was to bring the best open source project in the world to as broad an audience as possible. WordPress.com achieved that goal by offering free hosted WordPress sites powered by Automattic. Years later, WordPress.com is still the fastest, easiest way to start your website, build your online home, and tell your story.

September 2010

WordPress.com gave a new home to millions of Windows Live Spaces users when that service wound down.


WordPress.com hosted 25-50% of all WordPress websites in the world.

November 2015

Redesigned from the ground up, WordPress.com’s Calypso enabled you to focus on creating great content faster and more easily, across all your devices and allowed everyone to discover and follow other great reads created with WordPress.  

August 2017

Millions of 3rd party themes and plugins created by the WordPress community become available to WordPress.com plugin-enabled plan users.

December, 2019

SFTP and PHPMyAdmin access opened to WordPress.com users, enabling developers deeper control of their websites on the Business and plugin-enabled plans


Our WordPress.com community celebrates with the entire WordPress global community as we stroll down memory lane. 

Our gift to you is a limited-time 40% coupon for any new or upgrade to the plugin-enabled plan.

Use coupon code CELEBRATE40 to receive 40% off of either the plugin-enabled plan (new or upgrade; coupon expires May 31, 2021).


Donna Cavalier

Living the cavalier life. I'm a writer, editor, and WordPress enthusiast at work, and a mom to 3 Chiweenies at home.

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