[STUDY] Do people choose WordPress because of the big variety of themes and plug-ins?

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evalanee
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Hello everyone,

Some time ago, there was a heated discussion in the WordPress community, about open source, GPL and the theme-industry.

Somewhere in the turmoil, the theme-industry was accused of profiting from a free software, without giving much back.

This inspired me to conduct a study about the matter for my master’s thesis, and evaluate the following questions:

  • Does WordPress benefit from the theme-industry as well?
  • Is the growing popularity of WordPress partly a result of the huge variety of themes and plug-ins?
  • Do some people choose WordPress over other systems, because of that?

Just to clarify, the hypothesis is not saying, themes and plug-ins are the only reason, for the popularity of WordPress. There are other factors that play a role, like it’s easiness of use.
And of course, the system architecture encourages extensions in general.

If you find this as interesting as I do, and would like to know the results, please take my survey.
It is directed at WordPress users who build websites professionally, or use WordPress for their own website(s).

Since I need at least 1067 participants, I’d really appreciate if you could take 3 minutes of your time for the questionnaire.

The results (diagrams and raw data), as well as the conclusion will be published and linked back to this thread.

Thanks for your support

start survey

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greenline
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Just filled the survey, I hope it helps. The main reason I always choose WordPress is that I can build a complete, full and bug-free website for a client in less than 2 hours. So you can say it’s about the variety of themes/plugins as well as about easiness.

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evalanee
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You are the first participant, thanks a lot :-)

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digitalimpact
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Cool, just completed it. Looking forward to the results :)

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aleluja
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Did. Very interested in the results.

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graphicmind
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Completed

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evalanee
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First hour, already 15 participants, thanks everyone for the support!

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harmonikas996
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Excellent survey! I am waiting results. :)

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plugindistrict
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Make that 16. Great survey and I hope you do well on your case study.

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icypixels
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Filled :)

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