The power and reach of WordPress is astonishing. From its humble beginnings more than 16 years ago as a niche piece of software used by really only bloggers, hobbyists and small websites, it’s since matured into an incredibly versatile content management system used by many of the world’s most popular brands — brands such as Unicef, Time and Etsy.
Today, WordPress powers more than 35% of the top 10 million websites — making it by far and away the most popular website creation tool in existence.
We’ve scoured the internet looking for some of the biggest, most recognizable brands and companies using WordPress.
Here’s what we found:
(note: images link to live sites)
A charity working in 190 countries across the world, Unicef helps provide children in need with basic necessities like sanitation, hygiene and drinking water.
BBC America is the BBC’s (BBC Worldwide) American offshoot co-owned by AMC Networks. It’s a digital cable network that offers many of the shows that can be found on its British counterpart, BBC iPlayer.
An American multinational business magazine headquartered in New York City, published by Fortune Media Group Holdings. Founded in 1929.
Time is an American news website providing up-to-the-minute news on events around the world.
The Walt Disney Company
Arguably the world’s best know animation company, The Walt Disney Company’s website informs us of its latest, and up-and—coming, releases, career opportunities and its broader reach regarding philanthropy and the environment.
The Nation is a progressive online news outlet with a heavy focus on the political.
Aimed at those in the financial sector or interested in finance, The Bloomberg Professional keeps you informed about financial products, data, analytics and news. It is clearly laid out and easy to navigate.
Microsoft News Centre
Looking for everything Microsoft related? Look no further than Microsoft News.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J website is full of big, bold images that link you to anything LL Cool J related, from albums to up-coming events.
With a stylish black and blue colour scheme, Snoop Dogg’s official website includes audio streaming and videos from his catalogue.
The 4-Hour Chef
The 4-Hour Chef is a website dedicated to what Tim Ferriss terms “meta-learning” — a process that enables you to master anything from speaking another language to memorising a deck of cards in one minute.
If you are familiar with the photo-sharing site Flickr, this is the accompanying blog.
The Reader’s Digests digital presence to its magazine has an elegant and ease to it, with the usual features such as culture, true stories, health etc, that we have come to know through its magazine over the years.
Russell Brand’s Official Site is not the loud, brash experience you might be expecting. Visually it is very easy on the eye and just as easy to find his latest podcasts, shows and tour dates. He also has a section called writing, where he muses over events as disparate as the England Vs Croatia game to the NHS.
This orange and white coloured schemed website offers all things Katy Perry. It’s pleasantly spaced out with videos, photos, merchandise and the latest Katy-Perry news.
The Mozilla Blog
From the creators of the web browser FireFox, Mozilla is about all things internet — their mission statement: “Keep the internet open and accessible to all”.
Overlaid a static background picture, Variety has a magazine style that’s a scroll away for all music T.V. and film related entertainment news.
The White House
The whitehouse.gov shares the latest news regarding America’s president, its economy, budget, healthcare, immigration and national security.
Keeping similar style to everyones’ favourite digital desktop and app thought-board, Evernote have an aesthetically pleasing blog to keep you up to speed on their latest developments.
This is Sony Musics minimalist (rather basic looking) website, featuring links to an array of international artists official websites, such as Prince and Johnny Cash.
TechCrunch is a clean and easy to navigate website covering all areas of tech.
Etsy is a global market place, selling things from handcrafted goods to vintage pieces.
When you first open Logitech, you are met with its large carousel displaying everything from its laptops to headphones.
The Obama Foundation
The beginning of The Obama Foundation’s mission statement reads “our mission is to inspire, empower, and connect…” sadly its website does little to live up to this.
The American television network AMC is home to popular shows like The Walking Dead, Humans, Better Call Saul and many more. Its images for each show span the full width of the page, making it one of the more visually striking websites in the list.
The Sun’s online presence for its British tabloid newspaper. With a mainly British focus, it reports news and entertainment from around the world.
Reuters delivers news, photos and videos from across the globe. The site itself is rather underwhelming and sparse in its design.
TED Blog covers news relating to its videos — viewed by millions on youtube — the TED Prize and Ted as a whole. The site is easy to navigate with a clean design.
Playstation Blog has a magazine layout, offering news on its PS4, PS3, PSN, PS Vita, PSP and games.
This is Toyota’s Brazilian division, opting to use WordPress for its website needs.
For those wanting to keep up with current and future trends in the tech world, Wired is the place to visit. The site looks sleek with its simple black text on white background and content kept central on the page.
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