WordPress Statistics and Indiana Jones Theories – NerdBrand Podcast Ep.8

WordPress Statistics and Indiana Jones Theories – NerdBrand Podcast Ep.8

WordPress Statistics Podcast

This episode of the NerdBrand Podcast is about WordPress statistics. Why we use it, how many use it, and who uses it. Plus Indiana Jones theories.

We begin with welcoming a special guest Lora Byrnside joining us. 

Lora has been working with NerdBrand and helping support Web and Marketing in the last few months. She’s also got years of experience in web design and development.

Happy Friday, guys!

From Lora:

“Well, I pretty much tackle anything from design and illustration to development.

I have a bachelors degree in illustration and a minor in advertising from Columbus College of Art & Design.

The internet was just becoming a thing when I graduated so, the first decade of my career I was mostly illustrating and designing promotional pieces, but in the late 2000s, clients started asking for web design. In 2008, I took a full time job as a junior frontend developer to learn to web development.

In that role, I was maintaining more than 40 websites and most of the time didn’t even know the name of the language I was working in. I just seemed to have a knack for cracking open the code and making enough sense of the syntax to do what I needed to and it usually worked out. The guys on the web team there were really great! They always made time to mentor me.

They taught me the foundation of development best practices and I helped them with Photoshop.

I left there to help rebuild Humana’s flagship site. That was a .NET enterprise CMS called TeamSite. It was a massive undertaking.

I learned more than I wanted to know about maintaining GUID hierarchies in a spreadsheet and that I’m not a fan of .NET. A highlight from working with Humana was getting to know Elle Waters. Her passion for accessibility really rubbed off on me. 

Her voice of concern for those with challenges has been in my head ever since.Once humana.com was launched, I got into building sites in Drupal and WordPress for a small branding agency. KCTCS brought me in to redesign and rebuild their 16 college sites. That was another .NET enterprise CMS called SiteCore. 

Much of the backend required special certifications to even touch it. A very complex CMS. Reminded me I hate .NET. They also had me design and build a WordPress site for their new president.

I’ve worked with some marketing agencies in the area, which has familiarized me with structuring for SEO and pandering to Google’s search algorithm.

Most recently I’ve been combining my illustration and development backgrounds by playing with animated SVGs. There is always something new to learn. I love the variety and mental challenge web development offers, but my “why” is I love seeing a vague concept come to life and bringing clarity to a client’s vision.So that’s me.”


WordPress Statistics 

Why we use it: Because it’s got over 17 years behind it in investors, contributors, and users.

Investors (2019): Salesforce Ventures – yes that Salesforce. $300 Million evaluated at $3 Billion.

Who is WordPress? Automattic. Owners of WooCommerce, JetPack, WordPress VIP, and Tumblr for starters.

How Many use it:

35% of the internet – but the real numbers? It’s of the top 10 million most popular websites. NY Post, Walt Disney Company, WashPo, and Rolling Stone, Sony Music, and Glad (trash bags).

It’s not just for blogs, since 2008 WordPress has been elevated to a full CMS for business and personal websites.

Over 60% market share from other CMS’ like Square Space and Wix.

Wix vs Square vs WP vs Shopify?  Which is superior?

This decision should easily be WordPress just from the SEO perspective. Shopify has issues with SEO that requires more time, and money monthly (out side of SEO services) to complete with apps. There are issues with canonical links, breadcrumb URLs, robot.txt and more. WordPress solves these with proper themeing, and plugins (free).

Using anything for marketing is frustrating if not built with that in mind.

But what is the cost of a REAL WordPress website for a business looking to increase brand awareness, customer reach, market penetration, and scale online and offline operations?

Answer: What is a conversion worth to you?

Read more: https://nerdbrandagency.com/how-much-does-a-website-cost/

About NerdBrand’s Website Strategy

We Build websites smarter.

At NerdBrand we optimize for performance and security. This translates into a better user experience for return visitors. Which increases your websites popularity and traffic.

Boost ROI.

We improve your SEO. Many businesses don’t look at how they are on Google. BY investing in SEO you’ll increase your websites conversion. Thus see a return on your investment faster than you hope.

Creative agility.

Creative agility is the ability to test and refine ideas. Done with reflection, and then we apply the adjustment. It’s decision-making and problem solving. Taking diverse ideas and configuring them to create a new solution.

Find out how NerdBrand can help you create experiences with agility at nerdbrandagency.com/contact

Indiana Jones Theories!

So how did Indiana Jones know to look away when the Nazi’s opened the ark?

1) It’s in the film.

Basically, there were 2 rules about the Ark not mentioned in the final cut of the film:

  • If you touch the Ark, you die
  • If you look at the Ark when it is opened, you die

Source: https://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/4104/how-did-indy-know-not-to-look-into-the-ark

2) And from the Bible (King James Version):

1 Samuel 6:19:
And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord,


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CEO at NerdBrand. I've spent over 12 years in digital advertising providing strategic direction for businesses to build better websites, brands, and messaging, with an eye for improving online presences and laying a foundation for future growth.

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