WordPress Top Platform For New Media

Jan 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Podcasting Services, Podcasting Software

Royal Pingdom has released stats that show the free blogging platform WordPress is the most popular platform for blogs and new media. 

They ranked the Technorati top 100 blogs, investigated what blog platforms they are using and found that WordPress has more than twice as many blogs in the top 100 as Movable Type, the blog platform that came in second place.

  • WordPress is used by 27 blogs in the top 100.
  • Movable Type is used by 12 blogs in the top 100.
  • Only 8 of the top 100 blogs use a custom-made blog platform.
  • Drupal is the only general-purpose CMS with any presence worth mentioning, with 4 blogs in the top 100.

Blogging Services

Though WordPress is more popular among the self-hosted blogs than Movable Type, the situation is reversed when it comes to the blogging services based on these blog platforms. Typepad (based on Movable Type) is more popular than WordPress.com (based on WordPress). Blogger comes in at third place.
Traditional media like Entertainment Weekly, CNN and Wired often use blogging services for their blogs, and most seem to have chosen Typepad.

More than one third of the top 100 blogs use a blogging service.

  • Typepad is used by 16 blogs in the top 100.
  • Blogsmith is used by 14 blogs in the top 100.
  • WordPress.com is used by 5 blogs in the top 100.
  • Blogger is used by 3 blogs in the top 100. (Including, of course, The Official Google Blog.)

While Royal Pingdom’s focus is on blogs – the stats are relevant for podcasts and new media publishers, too. Many of these sites features podcasts and video podcasts – and WordPress plays just as a significant role there. 

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