Calling WordPress Users From Around the World

Today’s post is a call to WordPress users and developers all around the world to share with us the state of WordPress in their surroundings. We all know that WordPress is used extensively in the USA, Australia, UK and India, but what about the other countries?

Let us know in the comments section whether WordPress is popular in your country or not, and what your hopes are for the future.

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About Jean Galea

Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, entrepreneur and padel player. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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28 Responses

  1. Eskimo Lab
    Eskimo Lab January 10, 2012 at 21:04 | | Reply

    Here, in Russia, it is not so popular but I think more and more people are using it.

  2. Niall Madhoo
    Niall Madhoo January 10, 2012 at 23:07 | | Reply

    I’ve never seen a decent website made in Zimbabwe. I’ve done a few so far using WordPress though. There are some “web design agencies” here that download WordPress templates and charge business over US$10000 for it. Joomla seems more popular in Southern Africa for websites.

  3. Piet
    Piet January 11, 2012 at 05:05 | | Reply

    Currently I am residing in China and traditionally people are educated here on a very high technical level, however the websites they produce with those skills are not so much esthetically pleasing (in my opinion).

    Of course we need to keep in mind that Chinese people seem to want websites that look way different from their western counterparts. The reason for that? If only I knew! Have a look at for example http://sina.com.cn for a great example of one of the most popular portals in China. While you’re at it, have a look at the source code of that one and you will see that the body tag starts at line 1738 (!!!).

    If you look deeper into things, you will notice that SEO is somehow not important for Chinese websites, but of course this can also have to do with the fact that search results here (baidu.com) are as non-transparent as the government.

    China also is the only country in the world where use of IE6 is still at a staggering 25%!

    The short answer to your question whether WordPress is popular in China?
    Absolutely not! And there is a very long way to go here! 5% market penetration is probably something that will happen sometime in the next century, if websites and the internet still exist then…

  4. Piet
    Piet January 11, 2012 at 12:22 | | Reply

    China indeed has a particular way of doing things on the web (too) 😉

    The thing with blogging on WordPress is that in China WordPress.com is blocked by the The Great Fire Wall, so that option is out of the window. With that being a non-option the chance for WordPress.org (self-hosted) to gain momentum and become popular is pretty much out of the window too.

    Then of course there is the hosting part of a self hosted solution. The webhosting providers in China are traditionally a large ripoff, charging per MB used, hosting on Windows servers and the need to pay for everything extra that comes standard on any foreign provider. To give you an example, if I want to find a local webhost that is technically capable of hosting WordPress in a non-Windows environment I end up paying around USD 50 per month and then it is still not comparable to a mainstream US-based host.

    The amount of bloggers in China actually is enormous, but all of them are blogging on hosted solutions. The most popular are http://blog.sina.com.cn/ and http://blog.sohu.com/ who are actually in huge competition with each other to get celebrities onboard. It seems that Sina is winning that fight and they of course also have the very popular micro-blogging service Weibo (http://weibo.com). Another very popular blogging service is http://www.blogbus.com/.

    And if you think of it, it actually is understandable that Chinese people choose a hosted solution over a self-hosted one for the simple reason of privacy. To start a hosted blog you can get away with using any name you want, in all anonymity.

    Apart from privacy these blog providers have huge editorial departments that can really help promoting your blog to millions and millions of people. If you have a look at the SINA website, you can see all the subjects in the large orange navigation bar. Underneath that (about 10% down) you will find a list of 10-12 blogs per category being promoted by the editors (all with little orange headers). Underneath that (a little bit above half way down your screen) You can see blogs that are again promoted now with other kind of subjects (these headers have English, so you and I can understand it too). Then towards the end in between “Horoscope & Anime & Game” and “Media Partner’s Blogs” there is a header that is not expanded by default: Blog Categories. Who knows the reason why they call it that in English, because if you click on the + to expand it you will see a huge list of blogs and you can click on the letters A-Z for more. These are all blogs of celebrities!

    Well if you have seen a site like that, you can easily imagine that if you’re able to read Mandarin Chinese, you can easily spend weeks and weeks online, just reading blogs 🙂

    PS sorry that my response has become a bit long 😉

  5. Deano @ YMTW
    Deano @ YMTW January 11, 2012 at 10:57 | | Reply

    I’m an Aussie living in Japan and recently found out how big WordPress is here. If you’re interested, here is a video from WordBeach 2011 (late last year in Nagoya, Japan’s third largest city).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLwkUjAWbHI (and yes, it’s in English!)

    That’s me in the middle being interviewed, trying to act like some kind of WordPress expert, on the right is Naoko McCracken from Automattic. She talked about how big the WordPress community is in Japan. Was an interesting day (what I could understand of it anyway).

  6. Ravi
    Ravi January 14, 2012 at 16:54 | | Reply

    This is one of the most interesting topics on WordPress I have read for a while for now. First, I couldn’t understand the relevance but the comment on China’s scenario is very insightful. In India, I can see lot of websites using WordPress. But what is lacking is an active community as found in US.

  7. WordPress AndMore
    WordPress AndMore February 9, 2012 at 12:22 | | Reply

    Hi, my name is Andrea and I am writing from Italy. Here WordPress is not very popular for building a website, most of the web agencies around prefer to develop their own CMS and sell them to the client.

    But I am sure that soon even here the people will understand the importance and the power of WordPress and will start to using it!

    For this reason I choose to open an edu blog regarding WordPress!

  8. Niels van Renselaar
    Niels van Renselaar May 30, 2012 at 15:23 | | Reply

    Here in the Netherlands it’s a pretty hot item. We have some WordCamp conferences and WordPress meetups and a lot of dutch websites use WordPress as a CMS. My company is now fulltime developing WordPress websites.

  9. Anthony Moore
    Anthony Moore May 30, 2012 at 17:01 | | Reply

    I am a WordPress developer living in Toronto, Canada. WordPress certainly has become pretty popular over the last few years whether as a blogging platform or as a complete website package.

    Toronto has several large agencies with big name clients. These projects utilize either a custom CMS or a non-open source platform like “Agility”. These are great solutions for companies with huge budgets, but for small to medium size business who are in need of a revamp or getting a site together WordPress is becoming the CMS of choice.

  10. René Sejling
    René Sejling May 30, 2012 at 15:15 | | Reply

    WordPress is alive and well in Denmark. I use it for all my own customers and it’s widely used throughout the country among small to medium sites. As far as I know.

  11. Mario Y. Peshev (@no_fear_inc)

    Howdy from Bulgaria!

    There are several mid-level companies here using WordPress but so far it is sitll a major market for solo entrepreneurs, small agencies and freelancers. There are several authors publishing on ThemeForest and other theme markets as well as contributing back to the community. As far as I know, 4 Automattic employees reside here (I personally know two of them) but as the majority of WordPress developers and designers, they work for foreign companies.

    Good thing is that there is a high activity on WordCamps here but there are a lot of bloggers that attend for writing reasons.

  12. Francois
    Francois June 12, 2012 at 09:59 | | Reply

    I see a lot of WordPress sites in Holland (The Netherlands), especially company websites. For just ‘blogging’ I think people use Blogger and other such better known and hosted tools.

    I myself have started using WordPress some 4 years ago and am now making almost ALL of the sites I build with WordPress. The huge stack of plug-ins helps a lot to cater for almost every sort of company/target.

  13. Ivica
    Ivica June 26, 2012 at 18:13 | | Reply

    Hi from Croatia! / Pozdrav iz Hrvatske!

    WP is in rise even here, especially appreciated by individuals in comparison with the companies who use likes to “brand” their “super-turbo secure and fantastic CMS, much better then WP”, but in fact they are (very often) taking WP CMS as a base and upgrading it / branding it according to their desires/visions.

    However, I see tendencies of increasing usage of WP in Croatia and the whole south-east region and in the same time slow (but steadily) decrease of Joomla and other CMS-s. This is my personal opinion built on web articles and contacts with other friends/acquaintance.

    “The only way is up, WordPress!” 🙂

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