As most of you know by now, WordPress is far more than a blogging platform. It is a full-blown content management system (CMS) that is capable of handling of being used for everything from large enterprise sites to high-traffic magazine publications. WordPress is now used by over 29.3% of all websites on the internet (up from 27% in last year) and shows no signs of slowing down. Most likely there will be a day when it passes that 50% mark.Today we are going to share with you some examples that might surprise you of some of the best WordPress site examples and brands around the web in 2018.
WordPress Site Examples
62% of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the US (Inc. 5000) use WordPress. – Nelio Software
The best WordPress site examples below have been placed in different categories based on their content and purpose. Obviously, we can’t include every WordPress site so we wanted to share with you examples of bigger brands and higher quality sites.
We have found that typically sites with high domain authority and rankings are ones that showcase WordPress and its power to the fullest! There are of course thousands of smaller sites which might do a good job as well, but then we’d be here all day. 😉 So we used three different factors to choose whether or not a site should be included:
Ahrefs Domain Rating (50+)
Moz Domain Authority (40+)
Alexa Ranking (Within the top 1 million global sites)
This post will be frequently updated as new sites emerge and others migrate to different platforms. Lists within each category are in order of highest authority using factors above. Highest weights are placed on domain authority and domain rating as a lot of the Alexa data comes from their toolbar which in some categories and or niches can skew the data.
A number of factors are now converging that point to the enterprise being the next main driver in continued WordPress expansion. The platform has a solid run of exemplary recent releases behind it and an increasing number of satisfied enterprise users on board using both the commercial and community versions of the software. Specialized enterprise WordPress hostingis also now readily available.
Below are some big companies and enterprises that are powered by WordPress.
NGINX is a free, open-source, high-performance HTTP server and reverse proxy. They accelerate content and application delivery, improve security, facilitates availability and scalability for the busiest web sites on the web. We use NGINX for all customers here at Kinsta, so we are big fans!
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history.
Company.com is a trusted provider of enterprise quality operational resources to help start, run and grow your business. They rank #5 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 List as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine.
SiteMinder helps you increase hotel profitability and bookings. They help you attract, reach and convert more guest which furthering your global reach, lowering the cost of acquisition, and increasing margins.
The official source for facts about Sweden. It is publicly funded, with four organisations behind it: the Swedish Institute (SI), Business Sweden, VisitSweden and the Swedish Government Offices, including the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications.
The Official Site of Sweden
News and Magazine WordPress Sites
Where would we be without our daily news? Here are some examples of large magazine and news sites using WordPress to reach their millions of readers every single day. For large sites like these, Kinsta’s HHVM feature comes in very handy.
Quartz is a guide to the new global economy for people in business who are excited by change. They cover a variety of topics including business, economics, markets, finance, technology, science, design, and fashion.
Boing Boing became an early weblog in 2000, and evolved into what they are today: an eclectic mix of linkblogging, original feature articles, podcasts, original video and curated picks from around the web, a place where they share and discover provocative finds with like-minded happy mutants.
Crack Magazine is an independent platform for contemporary culture.
Educational WordPress Sites
Education is one of the most important fundamental aspects of sustainable economic growth. It improves people’s productivity, their ability to listen and think more effectively and to imagine things more creatively. Investment in human capital is essential for developing the economic well-being of a country, quality education would have to be indispensable consequently. All money spent on education will pay for itself many times in the future. Make sure to read our in-depth post on WordPress in the service of education.
Below are some examples of the top WordPress sites that are being used for higher education and learning.
Choosing a college is one of those monumental life decisions that will determine your future in a variety of ways. College Choice offers numerous.
E-Commerce WordPress Sites
When it comes to WordPress sites, there are many different solutions for running an e-Commerce shop. Some of the most popular integrations are WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads. Below are some examples of some top e-Commerce WordPress sites that are powered by WordPress.
GeneratePress is a responsive, easy to use WordPress theme available for free. It’s one of the most highly rated themes available on WordPress.org. They use Easy Digital Downloads for their premium addons.
BBC America is a digital cable network in the US which is jointly owned by BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks. It is popular for shows like Top Gear, Doctor Who, Luther, The Last Kingdom, and Orphan Black.
Guild Wars 2 is a video game which defines the future of online roleplaying games with action-oriented combat, customized personal storylines, epic dynamic events, world-class PvP, and no subscription fees!
Developed by Hello Games, No Man’s Sky is a science-fiction game without limits. If you see a mountain, you can trek there. If you see a planet hanging on the horizon, it’s a real place, with its own rich ecology.
Riverdance is an international Irish dancing phenomenon. Riverdance has been seen live by over 25 million people with 11,000 performances in over 367 venues world wide, throughout 47 countries across 6 continents.
wrk is a French creative web studio which creates elegant and functional custom‑designed websites.
Open Source & Non-Profit WordPress Sites
Kinsta is a big fan of open source and non-profit WordPress sites. In fact, Kinsta has a 15% monthly recurring discount on all WordPress web hosting plans for charity’s, nonprofit organizations, and open source projects. Check out some of the top non-profit and open source sites below that are powered by WordPress.
Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world & unlocking the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity.
The Kaiser Family Foundation provides in-depth information on key health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, health reform, global health, HIV/AIDS, health insurance, the uninsured and much more.
The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of America’s country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in democracy.
Platform combines arts, activism, education and research in projects that push for social & ecological justice, with a particular focus on the oil & gas sector.
Blog WordPress Sites
Thousands of companies and big brands are also using WordPress for the blog portions of their websites; along with thousands of full-time bloggers. See some of the top blogs powered by WordPress below.
cPanel is an online Linux-based web hosting control panel that provides a UI and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a website. The cPanel blog shares tips, tutorial, and news about the software.
The Pulse Blog was created to help Target candidates get a sneak peek into what it’s like to work at Target. Whether you’re interested in stores, distribution or headquarters, they help you get a feel for the Target culture and experience.
A UPS blog discussing the macro forces shaping the global economy today and over the horizon. Popular topics include globalization, trade, sustainability, innovation, technology, healthcare and supply chain logistics.
TurboTax is part of Intuit Inc., a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals. View all sorts of tax tips and financial news on their blog.
Mint.com is a popular online financial planning tool and budget calculator. They use WordPress to power their blog. From the basics of finance management to creative frugal lifestyle choices, Mint’s experts explore how to live a full life frugally.
Wil Wheaton is an actor known for his roles in Star Trek and the popular television show The Big Bang Theory.
Again, we can’t include every website. But as you can see WordPress is paving the way for exciting new websites all over the world! It is being used by many big brands; everything from non-profits, enterprise, businesses, news and magazines, e-Commerce sites, celebrities, and even musicians. As time goes on you can expect to see more and more brands migrate to WordPress as it provides an easy to use, free, and scalable solution.