The HTTP Archive has published its annual State of the Web report, the 2022 Web Almanac. This report includes data on page content, user experience, content publishing and distribution, as well as contextual insights from subject matter experts. Extracted from a dataset that evaluates millions of web pages and is continuously updated monthly. June 2022 crawl metrics used for reporting are publicly queryable in BigQuery.
The CMS chapter is of particular interest to WordPress users and product developers. The HTTP Archive dataset, based on Wappalyzer’s definition of CMS, identified over 270 different CMSs. WordPress still leads the market with 35% mobile adoption, followed by Wix (2%), Joomla (1.8%), Drupal (1.6%) and Squarespace (1.0%).
In contrast to W3Tech statistics showing WordPress market share declining from March to June 2022 and then stabilizing thereafter, the Web Almanac predicts that WordPress will grow 1.4% on mobile from 2021 and 1.4% on desktop in 2021. shows an increase of 0.2%. The methodology differs in that W3Tech’s statistics only include the top 10 million websites as defined in the Alexa Top 10 Million and Tranco Top Million lists. The Web Almanac data set contains 8,360,179 websites, of which 7,905,956 are mobile websites and 5,428,235 are desktop websites.
Drupal and Joomla have slowly declined, and Wix has grown over the last three years, but still only holds 2% of the CMS market.
New data for this year are the top 5 WordPress page builders. Wappalyzer detected that 34% of the WordPress websites in our dataset were using a page builder plugin. It’s interesting to compare these numbers to the number of sites using only the block editor with the block plugin versus the number of sites using the classic editor and no page builder, but this It is not part of the data collection here.
Elementor is the most popular page builder, with 40% of desktop sites and 43% of mobile WordPress sites. WPBakery isn’t far behind at 34/33%, followed by Divi, SiteOrigin and Oxygen.
“Page builders have a huge impact on site performance as we see it today,” says Jonathan Wold, author of the CMS chapter. “Historically, page builders have been an anecdotal indicator of poor performance. It shows a significant increase in available resources.
“As we track page builder data, future editions will provide an opportunity to assess year-over-year changes in page builder adoption and look for correlations between those changes and the overall performance of WordPress as a CMS. there is.”
The Web Almanac also publishes performance data for Core Web Vitals, and the results vary widely between CMSs. Used on less than 1% of websites, Duda, his website builder of drag and drop, passes his CWV score on 67% of sites, posting the highest number. TYPO3 (62%), Jimdo (61%) and Drupal (50%) are not far behind. WordPress, which passed 19% last year, will rise to 30% in 2022, catching up with Joomla (38%) and Wix (39%). Scoring consistently high on Core Web Vitals is more difficult for independently hosted CMSs, primarily on the web, as opposed to centralized SaaS platforms, so the improvement here is It may become more difficult.
This report details the performance of top platforms across specific metrics such as Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), First Input Delay (FID), and Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS). Lighthouse had a low median performance score on most platforms, requiring performance across the board. SEO scores are consistently high across all major CMS.
The median Lighthouse accessibility score for the top CMS is between 77 and 91. WordPress sits in the middle with 86, while Squarespace has the highest score in this category with 91.
The report also includes some interesting WordPress-specific charts, such as year-over-year adoption by region. WordPress seems to be the most popular in Spain (39%), Italy (38%) and Japan (38%).
The Web Almanac also publishes data for WordPress origins, showing passing scores for Core Web Vitals by region. Japan tops him with 52%, followed by Canada (49%) and Germany (48%).
“Also noteworthy is the large geographic disparity, with 10% overall in Brazil versus 52% in Japan,” Wold said in the report. “Low-end Brazil is growing, but year-on-year he is improving 100%. We will further investigate the low-end performer when evaluating next year’s dataset to identify potential causes and opportunities for improvement.” may be worth identifying.”
For detailed data on key platforms, see the full report in the CMS chapter. The 2022 Web Almanac also contains a wealth of information on broader web topics such as accessibility, security, sustainability, and interoperability, thanks to the efforts of 108 volunteers.