WordPress Download Counter

New Chart – WordPress Download Counter

Rami Yushuvaev 0 Comments

Introducing the WordPress Download Counter chart. Historical chart displaying the total amount of downloads for each WordPress branch, including both major and minor versions.

Source

The chart is based on the data from the official Download Counter, segmented by WordPress version.

History

The WordPress download counter was added after the release of WordPress 1.0. It simply counts the number of downloads and it was meant to evaluate the number of sites using WordPress.

But the counter was not a reliable source to evaluate the number of active WordPress installs because when a new minor version is released, it triggers the auto-update mechanism that downloads new versions on millions of sites.

Insights

With the introduction of automatic background updates in WordPress 3.7 we have seen a rise in Minor WordPress Versions. But from the chart I can conclude that the 3.7 auto-updater is not working as expected as the total downloads count in very low.

Also, all versions since 3.8 have a very strong match when comparing the Version Lifespan with the version Downloads Count. There is a strong correlation between the lifespan and the downloads. Versions with longer lifespan have more downloads.

Have any more insights? Share them in the comments area below!

Rami Yushuvaev

I'm an entrepreneur, a web developer and a blogger. I’ve contributed code to each and every WordPress release since version 2.8. I am the Hebrew GTE since WordPress 3.3, responsible for the translation and the release of WordPress Hebrew version. And a core developer for WordPress 4.4, 4.6, 4.7 and 5.2. I am also the founder of GenerateWP.com and several other WordPress related projects. But mainly I work with Israeli startups, providing WordPress Plugin development services.

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