When it comes to WordPress, many of you will think of blogs. And if so, you wouldn’t be wrong because that’s how everything started on May 27, 2003.
But after years of development, WordPress became much, much more than just a blogging platform and now it powers up huge number of websites all over the world. It is estimated that our beloved PHP and MySql based CMS is running on over 23% of top 10 million websites found online today.
It is interesting to see which big players are using WordPress as their platform of choice. We’ll be using istiwp.com feature to check which sites are running on WordPress and we invite you to do same with any website you’re interested in. For example, try checking some of the big names which logo you can find on the featured image above and which haven’t included on the list below (General Motors, GigaOM Media, UPS).
Now let’s start with big names on WP:
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Wired is both online and printed magazine which is set to describe sinfluence the technology has on culture, economics and politics. When it comes to its online publication, guys behind wired.com chose WordPress as their CMS and they’ve made the magazine look modern, simple and very easy to read. The site features a simple menu which divides the magazine into categories while the main content is separated in columns which make it easy for you to find topic of interest and continue on reading.
Reuters is an international news agency which is headquartered in Canary Wharf, London, England, United Kingdom. This news giant employs several thousand journalists which are known to report from dangerous locations all over the world. Reuters was founded in 1851, the time words had to literally be pressed over the paper. But now, this agency has dedicated their trust in WordPress which powers up Reuters blog. The theme you can find here is very simple which will many of you recognized as “standard” blogging theme.
Formed in London in 1962, The Roling Stones is a band which probably every one of you has heard of. If there might be someone who doesn’t recognize the band name, one must have heard at least one song from this rock band. The original band consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass), and Charlie Watts (drums). If you go to The Rolling Stones official website, you will find out it runs on WordPress. The site will welcomes you with a landing page which leads to the original homepage. Want a music theme for yourself? Check out best WordPress music themes.
Founded in 1938, Samsung is headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul, South Korea. Although it manufactures many different types of products, it is widely known for their consumer electronics. Among many, Samsung manufactures cameras and has a website dedicated to this line of products – you guessed, the site is powered by WordPress. It features a modern theme with a full width header and a sticky menu. Its blogroll is recognized by huge thumbnail images which make this simple theme beautiful and easy to read.
It seems that musicians like WordPress. Not only The Rolling Stones are on WordPress, but you can find official Katy Perry website on our beloved platform as well. A modern singer must have a modern website so you will find out the site is responsive and features huge background images with pictures of Katy herself. Information about her awards, albums and songs are divided in unique boxes while there is a music player embedded on top of the page allowing you to play Katy’s songs.
This America’s weekly news magazine is founded in 1923 in New York and since has become a globally recognized name. Now, not only it is a news magazine of choice for New Yorkers, but Time has its editions all over the world. People working on the magazine can be proud of its success as one of the most circulated magazine in the world – it counts a readership of 25 million, 20 million of which are based in the United States. And it is nice to know its online edition on time.com is powered by WordPress. The theme might not be as visually appealing as one found in Samsung’s Camera site but it is well organized and well suited for a globally recognized new magazine.
Sony Music Entertainment is an American music corporation and one of the biggest players in the industry. This music giant runs its official webpage on WordPress and you’re free to check it out by yourself. It features a full width slider with a simple menu on top while the main content is shown in a column beneath the slider
Beyonce is another singer who chose WordPress as her platform of choice. The website is shown as portfolio of pictures which all link to interesting facts about popular singer. There is a simple menu which will let you navigate through the site more easily and everything combined makes a modern and functional site every fan will like.
Launched on June 11, 2007, Playstation Blog is an official site which covers everything related to video games, mostly Playstation ones, of course. It features news, announcements, videos, exclusive interviews and behind the scenes interviews with major gaming companies. It is nice to know that the blog is also running on WordPress with a magazine styled theme ready to take all articles and organize them well.
Even Facebook uses WordPress. Yeah, popular social network isn’t built on WordPress itself, but one part of it is – Facebook Newsroom is a blog which deals with news related to Facebook. It features a simple slider which show the most important news on top of the page while recent news and announcements are shown as a blogroll in a simple single column area. Newsroom is very simple and it shows how powerful something simple can be in WordPress.
Another big name, Ebay, is using WordPress to power its own blog site. The blog uses a simple theme which divides the site into categories where everyone interested can read news about eBay and Payal. While the main content is listed on the left side, the right one features WP standard widgets which show recent post, most popular ones, a search form, archives and categories and a popular Twitter feed plugin.