WordPress 3.0 Moving Fast

June 20th, 2010
WordPress, WordPress Discussions

Actually this should not be a big surprise for those of us who frequent sites like this to see that the latest version of WordPress is moving out the door at this kind of pace.

If you want to watch the parade of downloads then you should check out this site:

Personally I do not remember a similar download counter on past versions but that does not mean it did not exist.  Maybe someone from WordPress can comment on how this versions download pace compares to past updates. I think that would be interesting to know and compare.

I grabbed this screenshot at 8:20 AM EDT just to give you a frame of reference


I did some very rough calculations and watched the counter for 60 seconds to get an idea of just how fast those downloads are happening:

  • 50 downloads per minute
  • 3,000 downloads per hour
  • 72,000 downloads per day
  • 504,000 downloads per week

Taking those numbers it translates to this type of bandwidth (based on a 2.2 MB download for WordPress 3.0):

  • 110 MB per minute
  • 6.6 GB per hour
  • 158.4 GB per day
  • 1.11 TB per week

And just in case your curious that continues out to:

  • 4.44 TB per month
  • 53.28 TB per year

I think those are amazing numbers and a testament to the quality of work and ease of use that WordPress provides us everyday folks for creating quality websites.

By the way – in the time it has taken me to write this posting the counter has now moved up to:


Please make sure you stop by Keith Dsouza’s post from yesterday about WordPress 3.0 and share your thoughts about what you have found in this latest update to the WordPress blogging platform.

Welcome back Keith!




  1. Kishore Mylavarapu (13 comments.) says:

    These stats are really amazing.Wordpress 3.0 really rocks.TwentyTen is one of the best of wordpress 3.0

  2. Chee Yi (1 comments.) says:

    Okay 158.4 GB per day, THAT is scary. Thumbs up to WP3.0!

  3. Guran Walker (2 comments.) says:

    Hopefully, when WP fix the fact the Plugin Manager no longer shows WHICH plugins have Updates available, they will release something like 3.1 – or 3.0.1, and THAT might move even faster!
    Because this version is a pest on Shared Hosting compared to 2.9.2.
    A simple reversion of the Plugin Manager, perhaps?

    • Richard Hay (14 comments.) says:

      I am getting shown what plugins have an update available on my install.

      Like Kirk mentioned below it might be related to compatability with a current plugin.

      Hope you get it sorted out.

  4. Tom Mahoney (1 comments.) says:

    I’ve been in IT for a little over 25 years (no, I didn’t invent the Internet but I did watch it happen.) I learned a long time ago that installing the dot zero version of any software is a bit of a crap shoot.

    I have a lot of respect for WP and the developers. I have 6 sites using WP. For the most part, anything that’s been released has been stable and let’s face it- these numbers are impresive. But let’s be honest; Stuff happens.

    As much as I’d like to take advantage of some of the WP3 features, I’ll wait until .1 or .2 and let the rest of the world find any bugs.

    • Richard Hay (14 comments.) says:


      I know everyone’s mileage will vary but I have upgraded all 4 of the sites I maintain with WordPress 3.0 and everything is working well.

      I do understand your thought process though.

    • johnbillion (7 comments.) says:

      WordPress 3.0 is not a dot zero version. It’s just the version after 2.9.

  5. Kirk M (67 comments.) says:

    Guran – For me (and many others as well), the Plugin Manager in WP 3.0 shows available updates just fine as well as the under the new “Update Manager” under the “Dashboard” menu just as it did with all the latest pre-release builds I’ve tested (betas and RCs). WP 3.0 also runs faster for me on shared hosting (Bluehost) than 2.9.2 did and 2.9.2 was plenty fast as it was.

    I would have to believe your problems exist probably because of an incompatible plugin(s) so I would start there. Hopefully it’s not a problem with your core installation or DB.

  6. Richard Hay (14 comments.) says:

    Just in case your curious – as of 11:40 AM EDT (about 3 hours after this posted) the count is now at 519,818 downloads.

    That is roughly 5,250 downloads per hour since I wrote this post – the pace is picking up!


  7. Ricardo says:

    does the counter count the english version or all versions (different languages)?

    • Richard Hay (32 comments.) says:

      I am not sure about that. It is linked off so I assume at least the English version from there.

  8. Andrew @ Blogging Guide (123 comments.) says:

    This is just amazing! However, I will wait till wordpress 3.1…

  9. Worldwideown (1 comments.) says:

    Wow! Amazing stats indeed. But now their stat counter link is experiencing an error to database the moment iI’m writing this comment.

    Wondering that might be a result of massive increase of downloads from time to time.

    Nevertheless, WP 3.0 is taking the internet by storm. Kudos.

    • Richard Hay (14 comments.) says:

      The counter is back up as of this morning, 0600 EDT. Count is closing in on 600,000!

      Looks like I need to re-calculate the numbers – this is going to be over 100,000 downloads per day!

  10. Dana @ Blogging Tips Blog (27 comments.) says:

    It mean WordPress is the best platform these days.

  11. Lee (1 comments.) says:

    The counter is a bit over 576K at the moment. I got a kick out of watching it advance in “realtime”. I should get more often.

    I’m quite pleased with 3.0 and haven’t found any issues thus far. Although upgrading forced me to have subdomains for multisite. I wiped my site and did a clean install and life is good. The plugins I have are working great. I tried the WPMU Limit Blogs plugin and tested it to find it’s working flawlessly as well. It’s a shame to have to use. But all to often people abuse a good thing.

  12. Nutaryuk (2 comments.) says:

    I’ve install WP 3.0 and it worked fine. No problem found so far.
    If you want to try install it, don’t forget to backup your site to avoid the problem after installed.

  13. jonny (1 comments.) says:

    hy thanks for the great info kind reagards jonny @ austria
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  14. Richard Hay (32 comments.) says:

    Thanks for all the great comments so far.

    As of 1 PM EDT the downloads are moving at 110 per hour minute.

    That is 348.5 GB per day!

  15. Matt (27 comments.) says:

    I can’t believe you used a fauxgo.

  16. Richard Hay (14 comments.) says:

    1,088,932 downloads as of 9:20 AM EDT on 24 June 2010.

    That is 4.4 TB’s of WordPress 3.0 Downloads!

    That is just amazing and the pace it is being downloaded at has been increasing compared to when it was first made available.

    My initial calculations were off just a little bit :-)


  17. Chad Hedstrom (1 comments.) says:

    Two weeks later and it’s already at 5 MILLION and change. I was not aware their distribution was that wide. Currently waiting on a DB backup before I take the plunge. I was waiting for the 3.0.1 version, but almost a month later it’s still stuck at 3.0, I guess it’s safe to take the plunge….

    • Richard Hay (32 comments.) says:

      And just 8 hours later it is within a couple hundred thousand of 6 million downloads.

      Just amazing.

      By the way based on the current count that is 12.6 terabytes of WordPress 3.0 downloaded!


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