Matt Mullenwegg’s State of the Word address this weekend at WordCamp San Francisco shared some impressive numbers about WordPress. For instance, 14.7 percent of the top million websites in the world use WordPress.
Matt’s presentation also revealed numbers from a survey of 18,000 WP users, including that 92 percent of those surveyed use WordPress as a CMS.
It turns out presidential candidates use WordPress as a CMS too.
While browsing the 2012 Republican candidates, I noticed WordPress is the CMS of choice for presidential campaign websites (six out of the 10 declared Republican candidates) and every single candidate is using an open source content management system (Drupal powers the rest).
Maybe there is hope for us after all…
Michele Bachmann – WordPress
The U.S. Representative from Minnesota and winner of the Ames Straw Poll sports a rather garish WordPress-powered site.
Herman Cain – WordPress
The former CEO of Godfather’s simple but elegant website is powered by WordPress.
Gary Johnson – WordPress
The former governor of New Mexico’s presidential campaign website and blog is powered by WordPress. Interestingly enough, net neutrality is a prominent and important issue to Gary Johnson.
Ron Paul – WordPress
Ron Paul is back again, and his classy campaign site stands out in a good way from his rivals’ websites.
Rick Perry – WordPress
Buddy Roemer – WordPress
Buddy Roemer’s campaign website is powered by WordPress and focuses on conversation with users via its “Talk to Buddy” Q&A section.
Mitt Romney – Drupal
Drupal is the platform of choice for Mitt Romney’s sharp website.
Rick Santorum – Drupal
Rick Santorum’s Drupal site has a unique right-side vertical navigation and full-width layout.
Newt Gingrich – Drupal
Newt.org is built on Drupal.
Jon Huntsman – Drupal
Jon Huntsman’s Drupal campaign website is notable for its poor quality and amateurish design in comparison to the other candidates.
White House – Drupal
Alright, it’s not a campaign website (though at the moment its homepage content resembles one), but its worth noting Barack Obama’s technology team brought open source to whitehouse.gov.
Meanwhile, I must admit I’m not sure what Obama’s barackobama.com uses for content management. At one time, his site used Movable Type, but I don’t think that is the case anymore. If you know, please do tell!