(The Hosting News) – In recent years, U.S. political candidates have increasingly relied on their web presences to inform potential supporters, fundraise, and perform a number of tasks they view as essential. Just like any major website, the ability to operate online is backed by a hosting infrastructure and a management/builder platform whether it’s WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or something else.
Last week, Atomattic shed a light on just how many politicians are relying on WordPress to make their web presences possible.
“This research project started when we began to notice that more and more political websites were being built on WordPress,” commented Automattic’s Peter Slutsky in a blog post.
Through the initiative, Slutsky focused on websites representing U.S. races for congress, governor, senate and state political parties. Slutsky noted a manual analysis was used for U.S. political candidates to determine what platform they were making use of. And the result? A increasingly large number of candidates and political operatives used WordPress to maintain their websites.
WordPress represented 35% of U.S. congressional races, 40% of U.S. senate races, 44% of gubernatorial races and 41% of state political parties. WordPress was also the chosen platform to operate major party websites hosting the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Statistics are displayed on an infographic here.
Automattic operates WordPress.com as a free blogging platform. However, WordPress is also available as open source software through WordPress.org.