WordPress.com in 2016: A Year in Review

To those of you who’ve made 2016 special: thank you.

It’s been a year of highs and lows, but one thing is certain: all of us at WordPress.com’s parent company Automattic are proud of what this community has accomplished in the past year. Your work is supported by a company of more than 500 people in over 50 countries, dedicated to democratizing publishing. We hope we’ve helped to bring your ideas, your creativity, and your businesses to life on the web.

To celebrate 2016, we’re excited to share our Automattic Year in Review — where you’ll find stats and fun facts about all of our work over the past year for WordPress.com, as well as WooCommerce, WordPress.com VIP, Jetpack, .blog, and more.

Spoiler alert: WordPress.com users published more than 595 million (!) posts and more than 457 million (!) comments in 2016. That’s pretty incredible, so pat yourselves on the back.

We’re also thrilled to put the spotlight on just a few WordPress.com success stories from the past year — including writers like Stephanie Land and Tiffany Martinez, and publishers like People.com and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Thanks to all of you for making WordPress.com such a special community. Check out the Automattic Year in Review — and see you in 2017!


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  1. The Hook

    I couldn’t be prouder to be a small, ineffectual part of the all-powerful interweb machine that is the WP community.

    Liked by 21 people

  2. mbc1955

    I’m even smaller and more obscure than you.

    Liked by 15 people

  3. pink scarf chick

    This is a really good platform . thanks to wordpress ..

    Liked by 13 people

  4. Fatima

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you do. I truly enjoy blogging on this platform, a place I affectionately call my ‘sandbox.’ All the best n 2017.

    Liked by 10 people

  5. Lul Leel Entertainment

    Love it!!!!!

    Liked by 6 people

  6. SlowRunnerGirl

    All the best in 2017! Keep up the good work.

    Liked by 6 people

  7. rathoreami

    My friends

    Liked by 8 people

  8. watchingthedaisies

    Thank YOU. I really love being a part of WP. 😊

    Liked by 6 people

  9. dennisbreakingwell

    Thanks for letting me a small part of this large group. The title was my last post.

    https://breakingwell.com/2016/12/05/what-a-year/

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Clive

    Very interesting to read the stats and wonder at the sheer reach of WordPress. I’m now aware that I’m an even smaller and more insignificant star in your universe than I thought!

    Liked by 5 people

    • marinawoo

      I love that you feel wonder, I do too when I look at the stats! WordPress stands on the shoulders of every single blogger, thanks for being one of them. Have a great 2017, Clive 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Andrew Seal

    Thanks to everyone at WordPress for another great year and wishing you all very Happy 2017.

    Liked by 5 people

  12. whippetwisdom

    Thank you so much for all your great work and we wish you a fabulous 2017! :o)

    Liked by 4 people

  13. dreamchasers

    Thanks to WordPress …. it’s really a wonderful platform to express and learn things ✌😊😊

    Liked by 5 people

  14. emmapalova

    Reblogged this on emmapalova and commented:
    I am very proud to be a part of the global WordPress community. Stay tuned for my 2016 Year in Review of emmapalova.com. What a journey it has been.

    Liked by 5 people

  15. ben3nett

    Thanks for the freedom you allow.Enjoy your holidays and a bright and healthy creative new year to ALL! PEACE & LOVE

    Liked by 6 people

  16. ben3nett

    Reblogged this on ben3nett and commented:
    Few freedoms are as vital to human development as creativity, self expression and effective communication. WP has the winning trifecta!

    Liked by 3 people

  17. Jävla Musik

    Without WordPress I probably wouldn’t do what I love: Mainly review and discuss music 🙂
    And with WordPress, I’ve come much farther than I ever would have thought, getting regular promo materials from different record companies and interviewing artists I love and enjoy..
    To be able to share my view on certain music is very important to me, so thank you for another good year WordPress!

    Liked by 7 people

  18. Minister Jeanie Shepard

    Thank you all for all that you do in making my blogger dreams come true. Have a Merry Christmas!

    Liked by 7 people

  19. enochered

    All of your efforts are fully appreciated. You are without question the best blogging platform on the planet bar none. I have one simple complaint, I have written more than million words on my blog and never a place on Freshly Pressed. But I don’t mind. Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

    Liked by 7 people

  20. Epic Chas Gamer

    That’s OK. Well done on your 199 likes 😎

    Liked by 4 people

  21. Rosalie P. Krajci

    Good luck to you all!

    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

    Liked by 5 people

  22. Drakulus

    Glad I could contribute to the success of WordPress :).

    Liked by 5 people

  23. yourenotaloneinthisworld

    Thank You WordPress!

    Liked by 5 people

  24. David Boles

    I’ve been hosted on WordPress.com for over a decade!

    Every year brings a new, right, surprise and a keen thrill!

    Thanks for all the behind-the-scenes work you do to keep us all alive, safe, and publishing!

    Liked by 10 people

  25. Carole Brown

    Thank you so much for this wonderful gift to allow us to have a voice. Here’s a thank you page which we could never have done so nicely if it weren’t for you. It was four years ago now: see if you can find our appreciations for you at https://vw4causes.wordpress.com/thanks/ 🙂

    Liked by 6 people

  26. Loewe Chan

    Woohoo! WordPress is a wonderful community 🙂 See you all in the new year!

    Liked by 7 people

  27. Shivangi

    Really grateful to WordPress for enabling me to lresent my creativity in front of the World! May you grow and grow…

    Liked by 5 people

  28. exoticnita54

    Yayyyy!!!!..

    Here’s to..2017

    Liked by 4 people

  29. obehisblog

    Am new to wordpress and hope to catch up and learn quickly

    Liked by 7 people

  30. stephencwinter

    Congratulations on your rare generosity in giving paid sabbaticals to your staff and paid parental leave. I joined WordPress because it provides me with an accessible and quality blogging platform. On reading this I am even more committed to staying with you.

    Liked by 5 people

  31. Strix Texturae

    What a fantastic review. Thanks for making us all feel like insiders. 

    Liked by 6 people

  32. irinadim

    WordPress has enriched my life. Thank you and best wishes for 2017. 🙂

    Liked by 6 people

  33. Boyer Writes

    I have been posting now on WordPress as boyerwrites.com for around 7 years. I love wordpress and will continue to share more of my writings in the new year. A job well done to all the wordpress staff. Thank you and Merry Christmas. Nancy Boyer

    Liked by 5 people

  34. Miss Dino

    I cannot be happier to be in such a friendly, communicative, and hard-working community with people who all share the passion of writing and blogging.
    This year has been great and I cannot wait for the next.

    Liked by 6 people

  35. jmnowak

    My years with WP have taught me a lot about the web and increased my skills base. Along with feeling I’m amongst a friendly family that supports my meagre efforts. 2016 has been an up and down year for a lot of us. Lets get cracking in 2017 — Time to be seen (my motto for the year). Thanks WordPress. 💋👌🌟

    Liked by 6 people

  36. mphadventuregirl

    Thanks WordPress. It is has almost been a year since I started. I love the community and my blog has become successful

    Liked by 5 people

  37. lakeshaweb

    Wow! this year is almost over.

    Liked by 5 people

  38. seartch

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you do. I truly enjoy blogging on this platform, a place I affectionately call my ‘sandbox.’ All the best n 2017

    Liked by 5 people

  39. William Hill

    I am a nobody who just says what’s on my mind on any given day. Yet, I have 30 followers after just 6 months who care to read what I have to say. That’s not many, but it is multiple readers on every continent except South America and Antarctica (which hardly counts). I value every one of them. And they would never read, I ever reach them, without WordPress. Thank you for everything.

    Liked by 6 people

  40. loveofmomo

    Yup! We are all really very proud to be part of WordPress😘

    Liked by 5 people

  41. Prasad Ravindranath

    Thank you everybody at WordPress. You helped me reach a wide audience. Total number of views recorded by my blog (journosdiary.com) this year is nearly 94,000 and counting.

    Liked by 5 people

  42. CoalitionForLife No Kill Coalition

    Thank you. Wishing Happy New year to all of you, guys ! You helped me and our organization to spread the truth and fight for humanity and better treatment of animals on Balkan. Marina

    Liked by 5 people

  43. Kelly Smith

    Cool post.

    Liked by 4 people

  44. joesephin

    WordPress ❤❤❤Thank you 🤗

    Liked by 7 people

  45. joesephin

    ❤❤❤🤗

    Liked by 3 people

  46. the concrete professor

    You guys might think your doing great but I as a small business owner trying to get noticed find you site impossible to usr. I write articles expecting to have them come uo in the order written or want to.move articles from one podition to another and can’t.
    I’ve searched the internet fir help to no avail countless times.
    You should have a team that someone could call to have a web savy person walk someone through the process or a video on these topics. I fir one would pay more for a service like that and be more inclined to write.

    Liked by 5 people

  47. 3sistersabroad

    Thanks so much for such a great platform where I can blog about my travels with sisters share photos and meet amazing like minded people who love to write

    Liked by 5 people

  48. MASH TRINA

    for real…….it’s been a magnificent year here on wordpress…..

    Liked by 5 people

  49. creativeworldm

    Found creativity as a very important and useful sparkle for the soul and life.Thank you for this platform.
    Thank you for every single klik that you are doing for this world.❤

    Liked by 5 people

  50. Volkanux

    Thank you WP from all my heart

    Liked by 4 people

  51. gardencity.com

    Appreciate wp,4xposing me to the world….

    Liked by 4 people

  52. The Little Mermaid

    As a blogger celebrating my 11 months anniversary, I’m so proud to form part of the amazing wordpress community. It has given me a lot- love, support, friends, inspiration; moreso this platform is very encouraging. I wish everyone here a jolly season and all the best for 2017. May WordPress continue to grow!

    Liked by 3 people

  53. Eugenia

    Thank You WordPress. You’re the best!

    Liked by 4 people

  54. Sheismelrose

    I love the WordPress community it gave me a voice and an outlet with fellow #fashionbloggers

    Liked by 4 people

  55. awadabokaka

    wordpress number one

    Liked by 5 people

  56. nikkiay19

    Thank’s wordpresscom ! I use a blog for business development and very pleased with the result. I think will agree with me multi-million users, success!

    Liked by 5 people

  57. Ramesh kumar

    Nice

    Liked by 3 people

  58. justmytwocents95

    That’s fantastic! Congratulations!

    Liked by 4 people

  59. carolinehelbig

    Thank you WordPress. I so much enjoy blogging using the WordPress.com platform. It provides me with an incredible creative outlet and information resource, not to mention that it’s fun, easy, and makes my work look good. I had no idea I would make such wonderful connections with fellow blogger. Happy holidays and best to you all in 2017!

    Liked by 5 people

  60. nguyentamhan

    Thank you WordPress!

    Liked by 4 people

  61. Charles

    Hats off to WordPress team members for their creative initiatives! The posts are insightful & challenging us to be open & realistic!

    Liked by 4 people

  62. Sufi Shaikh

    Very good platform to show our passion

    Liked by 3 people

  63. હરીશ દવે (Harish Dave)

    Great year, Dear WordPress Team!Hats off to you for making WordPress unique and unbeatable! Support Team- very helpful… Technology – growing simpler for better output… I am in the seventh decade of life. I remember the days years back when I couldn’t write in Gujarati on a Blog. WordPress Team! u made Blogging coursing thru my veins ! Big Salute!

    Liked by 7 people

    • marinawoo

      There is so much that is wonderful about this comment, thank you. Taking a moment out of my day to celebrate you in your seventh decade, able to share wise thoughts with the world in the language you wish to write in. All the best for 2017 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  64. jeff597

    Thank you 

    Sent from my Boost Mobile Phone.

    Liked by 4 people

  65. Pragati Yadav

    Thank you WordPress..
    I’m now a little star of ur universe.. I’m experiencing blogging..its amazing..

    Liked by 1 person

  66. umashankar

    Thank you, WordPress, for being there! We look forward to moving into interstellar space with Automattic Spaceship.

    Liked by 5 people

  67. feisal01

    Nice

    Liked by 4 people

  68. Metro Square

    Thanks for the affordable and convenient platform. Keep up the great work!

    Liked by 4 people

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  70. artjorma

    Thank you for all your good and hard work, Wish you and the rest of the team a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Word Press is a very helpfull tool and I´m very thankfull for it. Keep going,

    Liked by 5 people

  71. gorangerautevierundvierzig

    Abmeldung des Newsletter. Danke!

    Gernot Renno

    Liked by 3 people

  72. hoteluniverse

    Hi everyone!

    I have a client who is looking for people who LOVE working with WordPress (in all its diverse elements) and who have made a successful (a little/semi/very/ultra successful) website which you use to generate an income.
    He would like to create a podcast and get the word out about your specific jounrey using WordPress.

    Please leave your details at lorenza.allan@avirtual.co.uk and we can chat.

    Thanks everyone 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  73. Vijay Kumar

    Thanks to all happy crisms

    Liked by 2 people

  74. Anto

    WordPress is Love ❤

    Liked by 3 people

  75. melbournepack

    Thank You WordPress Team ! We truly appreciate your new update of WordPress 4.6.1 really focused on strong security release is really amazing. Hats off your efforts.

    Liked by 2 people

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