Do Web Developers Use WordPress?

With the intention of building out your website, you may find yourself in a position of looking for a web developer for your business. You might have some questions regarding the technologies that he/she knows.

After researching some popular technologies and platforms, WordPress keeps appearing in multiple searches.

So, do web developers use WordPress?

A significant number of professional web developers use WordPress for web development.  As WordPress powers nearly 28.9% of web, the demand for developers with this skillset has remained consistent over the last 10 years.

The WordPress platform is renown for its simple-to-use content management systems capabilities.  Clients want to manage their site content on a platform with a good reputation, so the ability to use a CMS like this also drives the market for WordPress developers.

Here is the market share percentage between the top 5 website builders:

website builder market graph

This relative comparison really shows WordPress’s dominance.

We’re only really scratching the surface here. Lets explore other key points about WordPress.

A huge benefit is the ability of website owners to make changes by themselves. By simply logging into a WordPress dashboard, plenty of settings can be tweaked without the use of a web developer.

Instead of paying an hourly market rate for a developer to update the website, non technical website owners still have plenty of control in dictating fundamental changes to their business or product.

What do Web developers use to build websites?

While WordPress is undoubtedly a tool that lot of web developers are proficient in, for highly skilled developers, WordPress is just one of the many tools that they can utilise for building high functioning modern websites.

I wanted to investigate just what other technologies web developers use to build websites.

Here are the results I found for the leading website builder technologies on the web.

This breakdown is how the top web building technologies compare across the whole web:

Here are main web builders used broken down by category:

Web builders:

Ecommerce Related

Drag and Drop:

Blog Related:


Overall, there is nothing wrong with looking to WordPress to achieve your site building goals. Is it going to provide you with a website that uses the latest in web tech?

Well, no but this was never its primary focus. Its a mature platform and if its use the latest tech of the day then it might not be as reliable and secure with  a huge list of plugins.

Modern web developers are primarily focused on building web applications – this is now the status quo of the modern web.

If you want to provide your users with the best experience possible then you should really aim at creating a web experience like this. Web applications will inevitably provide more meaningful interaction with your users when compared to WordPress instance.

Other Resources

  • Are Web Applications Popular?
  • What is a CMS and how does it Work?
  • Why is Data Visualization Important?


Gareth Dunne

Full Stack Developer and creator of JSdiaries. Passionate about the latest in web technologies and how it can provide value for my clients.