WordPress sites now power more than 30% of the web! Celebrating 15 years of WordPress launch, Briefian presents the ‘list of the best, biggest, most elite, most famous & most popular WordPress sites, which shows the power of WordPress & proves that WordPress is more than just a blogging platform. Let’s check it out & express our love for WordPress, blogging & more!
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Not all people know all things (us included!). Therefore, before exploring the list of the Best WordPress sites in the world, let’s know a little bit about WordPress.
What is WordPress?
Well, we’ll not give our own definition of WordPress here, as Wikipedia has already covered it. Here is what Wikipedia says about WordPress:
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging, but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores.
To make you more clear about WordPress: WordPress is one of the easiest frameworks to build a website. Whether you are a beginner or a tech geek, WordPress makes it super easy to create a website. It will not be an overstatement to say that WordPress is the simplest way to build websites.
Since its launch in May 2003, WordPress has grown from a simple blogging platform to full-fledged websites of any kind. By any kind, we really mean any kind. With WordPress, you can build probably any kind of website. An illustrative list can include sites like e-Commerce, community site, paid membership site, online education portals or LMS (Learning Management System), news website or just a simple blog.
No matter, what kind of website you want to build, WordPress is a smart choice. While many people understand the scope of WordPress, few still consider WordPress just a blogging platform!
WordPress is much more than a blogging platform & to support our claim, we have curated this list of some of the world’s best, biggest, elite, famous & popular websites built on WordPress.
If you are a beginner, it’ll inspire to create your own WordPress blog & unleash your own identity on the internet.
If you are a WordPress developer, it will let you explore more about WordPress and advance your career as a WordPress designer & developer.
If you’re a WordPress fan, you’ll love WordPress even more!
So, let’s start:
List Of The Best & Biggest WordPress Sites in the World
The official website of The White House, WhiteHouse.gov is built on WordPress.
Don’t get shocked! It’s true!
The website, which is believed to be the world’s most secured website, is hosted on WordPress.
Since 2009, WhiteHouse.gov was powered by Drupal. In December 2017, the website was relaunched, using WordPress. It’s a notable achievement for WordPress.
It was reported that the relaunched website of The White House, powered by WordPress, will save the U.S. Treasury about $3 million a year in website cost, which gives an impression that the shift to WordPress was done to maintain The White House website at optimum cost. It’s an indicator that apart from security, simplicity, reliability & speed, WordPress offers a cost-effective way as well, to build a website!
Established in 1801, The New York Post (‘NY Post’) is a New York City daily newspaper. It’s website, NYpost.com was launched in 1996.
Currently, NYpost.com is hosted on WordPress & hit about 80+ million page-views a month! Yep! 80+ million monthly page views. I don’t think that we need a better example to showcase the WordPress scalability & capacity!
Founded in 1931, The Indian Express is one of the most circulated Indian daily newspaper, published in the English language.
Its WordPress based website, the IndianExpress.com gets about 105+ million monthly page-views & has following notable features:
- ePaper – electronic copy of daily newspaper
- Multilingual website, offering content in several Indian & international languages
- Self-hosted photo galleries, videos and podcasts on the WordPress powered website
- Simplified management of broad categories and topics with ‘easy-to-find’ style
Well, 105+ million page-views a month is not a small figure for a WordPress website. This number along with Indian Express website features, evident that WordPress can handle any number of visitors, any number of topics, any type of content, and any number of posts.
Facebook Newsroom is the official place where you can find news and press statements from Facebook.
Well, the newsroom of the social media giant, located on newsroom.fb.com, is hosted on WordPress.
220+ crore people use Facebook, and Facebook uses WordPress to convey its news & statements! Amazing! Isn’t it?
Internet.org is an initiative of Facebook in partnership with 6 other tech companies, with an aim to provide affordable access to internet services & a mission to connect the world (at least ‘they’ claim so!).
Internet.org was banned in India for violating net neutrality. Well, that’s another debate. Let’s leave it for another Briefian brief!
Internet.org website is also designed with WordPress and I must say that it’s one of the most elegant WordPress site I have ever seen, with a diligent use of photography.
#6 TED Blog
While TED’s core offering is its online talks & influential videos (famously called ‘TED talks’), focused to spread ‘ideas worth spreading’, but who can replace written words! That’s why TED Blog exists.
TED Blog’s slogan reads:
Further reading on idea worth spreading
TED Blog is powered by WordPress too. Feel free to check it out and dig ideas further!
If you don’t know her (which is very unlikely!), Hillary Clinton is the senator from New York, a lawyer, first lady of the United States, and 2016 United States presidential candidate.
Ms. Hillary’s official website, HillaryClinton.com is powered by WordPress.
From design & features point of view, the website seems to be very simple and basic having typical about, contact & other information pages, but it’s notable that website of a political figure of such reputation as Ms. Hillary Clinton, is made on WordPress. It proves that we can trust WordPress to build our online homes!
TechCrunch is one of the biggest news site & online publication focused on technology & startup sector.
TechCrunch WordPress powered website hits 25+ million page-views a month, which is an impressive number, indeed!
If you want to feel a different browsing & reading experience than a typical WordPress site, visit TechCrunch.com.
It has one of the best WordPress reading experience I have ever come across. Once you click on the post, it loads instantly and when you have finished the article, it auto-close the post page & show the next articles.
TechCrunch is the perfect example of how to manage a mountain of content with WordPress and make user experience a breeze, at the same time!
Longreads says that it’s a platform to find ‘The best longform stories on the web’ and I believe that, given my long-long reading experience with Longreads!
Longreads is a project of Automattic Inc (dearly called ‘Automattic family‘). Automattic is the company behind WordPress, and Longreads website is built on WordPress too, obviously.
Metro is the highest circulation newspaper in United Kingdom & its website Metro.co.uk is built on WordPress.
Metro’s WordPress site decently uses various colors to classify different categories and offers a no-brainer navigation. It gets 45+ million monthly hits and is a proven milestone for WordPress sites.
The City University of New York or ‘CUNY’ is the largest urban university in the United States of America & its website CUNY.edu is built on WordPress.
CUNY’s website has features like:
- Students’ application accounts to allow them apply online to the university
- Online university tour
- Library & admission information
- Academic calendars & programs
- Other university information that any aspiring student may ever look for on a university’s website
All the above features of CUNY website are powered by WordPress.
Obama.org – The website of ‘The Obama Foundation‘, is also powered by WordPress. This website is one of the most beautiful ones among the entire websites in the WordPress world.
There are many platforms on which a foundation can get its website made and a big foundation like The Obama Foundation has plenty of choices, right? Since Obama.org is hosted on WordPress, this shows how special WordPress is!
University of The People or ‘UoPeople‘, is the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online, American university.
UoPeople efforts has been applauded word-wide by media giants like BBC, The Washington Post, Forbes, CNN, The New York Times, NPR, et cetera.
UoPeople offers various graduates & post-graduates degree programs solely through its online portal UoPeople.edu, which is build on WordPress.
Here are some exciting things about UoPeople WordPress site:
- Hundreds of thousands students from 194 countries access UoPeople website & get their degrees online
- You can explore UoPeople’s all degree programs, admission requirements & catalogs – all on its WordPress site
- Students can fill application form online, make the payment & get admission online
If you want to get inspiration for the best website of a university or educational institution, built on WordPress, look no further than the website of UoPeople.
The Walt Disney Company – a company, which is ‘one of most’ (or ‘the most’) creative company in the world, uses WordPress to showcase its creativity to the world.
Yep! TheWaltDisneyCompany.com, which is corporate website of The Walt Disney Company is designed on WordPress.
The Chicago Sun-Times is a daily newspaper published in Chicago. Its WordPress powered website grabs about 5+ million monthly page-views.
Chicago Sun-Times has a paywall as well. If you want to read, you need to pay & subscribe. All this is handled by WordPress seamlessly. So, if you’re looking to build a subscriber based platform, WordPress can do that as well!
Chicago Sun-Times also offers a decent mobile application, both for Android as well as iPhone. All content in the app is served from its WordPress based site. That showcase that how mobile friendly WordPress is. To be precise, mobile-app friendly!
PMindia.gov.in is the website of Prime Minister of India (‘PMI’). It showcase latest news about Prime Minister, PMI’s quotes, photos, videos & speeches. PMindia.gov.in is one of the most unique website built on WordPress, ever.
If PMI can trust WordPress, we too can!
Vogue is one of the most popular fashion and lifestyle magazine in the world. Its Indian edition website, located on Voge.in, is running on WordPress.
At Vogue.in, you can see the beautiful combination of typography, colors, white space & photography. If you’re looking for a modern design inspiration, check out Vogue.in.
This list of WordPress sites will be incomplete without including KatyPerry.com.
Yes! The website of the world’s most followed personality on Twitter, is also powered by WordPress!
I Featured Photo Thanks: Pixabay.
I Wikipedia – WordPress.
II WordPress – WordPress Showcase.
IV WordPress – New York Post.
V Similarweb – NYpost.com Analytics.
VI WordPress – The Indian Express.
VII Similarweb – IndianExpress.com Analytics.
VIII Wikipedia – Internet.org.
IX Similarweb – TechCrunch.com Analytics.