WordPress used across many of top 100 blogs

You probably already knew WordPress was a popular blogging platform, but just how popular became even clearer after a recent post from Royal Pingdom, which found that 48 of the world's top 100 blogs are built on top of WordPress.

Royal Pingdom based their assessment on a review of the Technorati Top 100 blogs. Using this as a basis, they found that 48 of these blogs were using WordPress, up from 32 three years ago when they did a similar survey.

It broke down into 39 percent self-hosted and 9 percent hosted by WordPress. I'm actually surprised that a top blog wouldn't be self-hosted, so 9 percent is higher than I would have thought.

What's also interesting is that the next highest category is "custom" at 14 percent, which I'm assuming means that companies built their own customized platform (but it could mean a customized version of an existing platform, as with this site, which is built on a customized version of Drupal).

Just 7 percent use Moveable Type and another 2 percent use Typepad. This shows how far the Typepad platform has fallen. In 2009 when Royal Pingdom did a similar survey, Typepad had 16 of the top 100 blogs. When I first started blogging in 2003, Typepad was the blog platform of choice. My by Ron Miller blog still runs on there, but if I were starting today, I would choose WordPress.

In case you're wondering, Drupal comes in at 6 percent of the top 100 blogs.

It's important to note this is not a measure of the popularity of blogging platforms in general, but which blogging platforms the top 100 blogs are using.

For more information, including a pie chart breaking down the top 100 platform choices:
- see the Royal Pingdom blog post

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