WordPress Versions Lifespan

WordPress Versions Lifespan in Days

Data Sources

The raw data for this chart is based on release dates of all the major WordPress versions.

Version lifespan is the difference (in days) between two major WordPress versions. In other words, how long did it take to release the next major version?

History

At the beginning WordPress had no official release schedule. But the long time between releasing WordPress 2.0 and WordPress 2.1 it was decided to adopt a regular release schedule every 3-4 months (90-120 days).

As mentioned above, WordPress 2.0 has the longest lifespan392 days (13 months).

The second longest lifespan belongs to WordPress 4.9 with 385 days (12.5 months). The development of WordPress 5.0 lasted longer than expected because of the adoption of Gutenberg.

The third longest lifespan belongs to WordPress 3.0 with 251 days (8 months). It was a huge version with tons of improvements. It took awhile to absorb all the new features and release a new version.

The shortest lifespan belongs to WordPress 3.7 with 49 days (1.5 months). It introduced automatic background maintenance and security updated.

Historical Data

5.5Lifespan of 1 month, 44 days.-89-67% ▼
5.4Lifespan of 4 months, 133 days.-7-5% ▼
5.3Lifespan of 5 months, 140 days.-49-26% ▼
5.2Lifespan of 6 months, 189 days.+114152% ▲
5.1Lifespan of 3 months, 75 days.-2-3% ▼
5.0Lifespan of 3 months, 77 days.-308-80% ▼
4.9Lifespan of 1 year, 385 days.+224139% ▲
4.8Lifespan of 5 months, 161 days.-23-13% ▼
4.7Lifespan of 6 months, 184 days.+7264% ▲
4.6Lifespan of 4 months, 112 days.-14-11% ▼
4.5Lifespan of 4 months, 126 days.+00% —
4.4Lifespan of 4 months, 126 days.+1413% ▲
4.3Lifespan of 4 months, 112 days.-5-4% ▼
4.2Lifespan of 4 months, 117 days.-10-8% ▼
4.1Lifespan of 4 months, 127 days.+2322% ▲
4.0Lifespan of 3 months, 104 days.-37-26% ▼
3.9Lifespan of 5 months, 141 days.+1613% ▲
3.8Lifespan of 4 months, 125 days.+76155% ▲
3.7Lifespan of 2 months, 49 days.-35-42% ▼
3.6Lifespan of 3 months, 84 days.-149-64% ▼
3.5Lifespan of 8 months, 233 days.+5229% ▲
3.4Lifespan of 6 months, 181 days.-3-2% ▼
3.3Lifespan of 6 months, 184 days.+2314% ▲
3.2Lifespan of 5 months, 161 days.+3023% ▲
3.1Lifespan of 4 months, 131 days.-120-48% ▼
3.0Lifespan of 8 months, 251 days.+7039% ▲
2.9Lifespan of 6 months, 181 days.-10-5% ▼
2.8Lifespan of 6 months, 191 days.+95% ▲
2.7Lifespan of 6 months, 182 days.+3423% ▲
2.6Lifespan of 5 months, 148 days.+4037% ▲
2.5Lifespan of 4 months, 108 days.-79-42% ▼
2.3Lifespan of 6 months, 187 days.+5643% ▲
2.2Lifespan of 4 months, 131 days.+1715% ▲
2.1Lifespan of 4 months, 114 days.-278-71% ▼
2.0Lifespan of 1 year, 392 days.+8026% ▲
1.5Lifespan of 10 months, 312 days.+4115% ▲
1.2Lifespan of 9 months, 271 days.+13194% ▲
1.0Lifespan of 5 months, 140 days.-81-37% ▼
0.7Lifespan of 7 months, 221 days.+221100% ▲