World Domination


🌎 Adds a summary of the current WordPress market coverage to your dashboard!

Basically screen scraping from the W3Techs website (don’t panic W3Techs, I’m caching the data – your website performance is safe!), this will display what percentage of websites (in total or that use CMS) are currently powered by WordPress. There are even shortcodes so that you can this information into your posts as well!

Now you can keep an eye on how close to world (aka internet) domination WordPress is achieving.

Iconography is courtesy of the very talented Janki Rathod β™₯️

πŸ‘‰ Please visit the GitHub page for the latest code development, planned enhancements, and known issues πŸ‘ˆ

Using the shortcodes

There are two shortcodes [wp_total_market] and [wp_cms_market]. Simply add these, wherever you wish within a post or page, to display the latest total or CMS market share data.


  • How it appears on the dashboard with Akismet enabled.


World Domination can be found and installed via the Plugin menu within WordPress administration (Plugins -> Add New). Alternatively, it can be downloaded from and installed manually…

  1. Upload the entire world-domination folder to your wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress administration.

Voila! It’s ready to go.


Hey! My dashboard figure is different to the one shown on W3Techs

For performance reasons I cache the dashboard information for one week so, if the market figure changes in the meantime, you will get this discrepancy. If you find this keeps happening, please let me know and I’ll look at refreshing the cache more regularly.


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Contributors and Developers

“World Domination” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“World Domination” has been translated into 2 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Change Log

I use semantic versioning, with the first release being 1.0.


  • Bug: Why, in the name of all things holy, did nobody not say that I was incorrectly referring to WordPress being a CRM and not CMS? I’m not angry, just disappointed. It’s now fixed, though.


  • Enhancement: added some shiny, new plugin meta
  • Maintenance: you know how it followed coding standards before? Now it’s the WordPress VIP coding standards!


  • Enhancement: Code quality enhancements to bring it in line with VIP coding standards
  • Enhancement: Now uses wp_remote_get alternative when run on the VIP platform


  • Enhancement: Total re-write of the caching to ensure that if the data is not available previous information will be re-used (less chance of an error message as a result but, on the down side, may see older data as a result)
  • Enhancement: Sides shored up with lots of security additions – escape them all!
  • Enhancement: Now I show the CMS percentage on the dashboard and not just the overall one
  • Enhancement: Brand new shortcodes so that you can embed this information in a post if that’s your bag. Baby.
  • Enhancement: Using a time constant for the caching rather than hard-coding long strings of numbers that I’m only likely to type wrong
  • Enhancement: The Github links are on me! Now added to all the files and all the meta
  • Enhancement: When you hover over the dashboard link to the source it will now show you when the data was last updated
  • Enhancement: Added a timeout to the file fetching. Okay, so it’s the default (5 seconds) but it’s now easier for me to tweak that, if needs be
  • Bug: Some of the plugin meta was missing due to the wrong plugin name being used. Oops. Needless to say, it’s fixed


  • Initial release.