I put a search request into Google:

Percentage of websites using CMS

I came across a fun little site called W3Techs. It had a bar chart breakdown of sites using CMS systems vs sites not using any CMS, and of the sites that were using a CMS, which variety of CMS.

CMS-percentagesIf W3Techs is correct (they give a link to their Technology Overview), almost 68% of websites aren't using a CMS system. Now, does that mean they aren't using any sort of way of managing their content and that they are all using straight HTML to edit their sites? Not sure about that, but still it is a very large percentage and it will be interesting to monitor that over the next few years to see what happens to that number.

Personally, I can't image not using a CMS with a site of more than three pages or where the client or owner ever wants to change or add content. I will occasionally do a quickie HTML page just to keep in practice or for a splash page, but after using Joomla for a couple years - I realize that a CMS is the only way to go.

Of course, of the CMS varieties that are being used, WordPress dominates the field. At this writing, per that article, WordPress is used in 54.5% of the sites that use a Content Management System. Joomla is second - but still at only 8.5%. Drupal is a close third at 7.1%. From that point the list goes on, but none of the others really have a substantial market share.

Another site I found that claims to be monitoring these trends is trends.builtwith.com. They had some colorful pie charts that brightly demonstrate how WordPress dominates the CMS field. But, interestingly this site also breaks down the top million sites vs the top 100,000 sites and then again vs the top 10,000 sites. In the second two cases, Drupal starts to take a much larger chunk. What this is saying is that: Sure, WordPress is used on a lot of sites, but when you are talking about the big boys, though WordPress is still the dominant platform, it is loosing ground to Drupal. The "big boys" would be the corporate sites and the sites that have the most traffic.

Trends.builtwith.com also drills deeper into the analysis with charts showing trends for each CMS system and charts show what sort of website the CMS is used the most (ie business, education, tech, religion...). For instance, Joomla's chart showed that it is used on business sites the most, then "other" with the other categories being equally divided. I hop over to the same analysis for WordPress and "other" has the biggest slice, followed by "business" and "social". This makes sense as WordPress started off as a blogger platform.

What does this all mean? Not sure, but it's just interesting to dig around a little. If you are trying to sway a client into using a CMS system, it's good to know some of this info.

As clients get more savy about web development, they will start demanding that they have control over their content. The big guys likely have in-house developers, but smaller companies and individuals, aren't going to want the hassle or the cost of involving a developer for every small change or additional page.