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500,000 WordPress 2.7 Downloads

WordPress NewsDecember 11, 2008, WordPress 2.7 was announced and released to the public, one of the hottest versions of WordPress ever.

Just 20 hours later, Ryan Boren announced that there have been 100,000 downloads in those first few hours, spinning the WordPress Counter.

In the next few moments or so, The WordPress Counter rolled over 500,000 downloads of the new WordPress 2.7.

WordPress 2.7 passing 500,000 downloads

The WordPress Counter is restarted with every version release.

So let’s do a little math, with a reminder that I’m not good at math.

Using the handy date calculation tool from, from and including Thursday, December 11, 2008, to and including Friday, December 19, 2008, nine days have passed. The tool told me this equals:

  • 777,600 seconds (0.643 downloads a second)
  • 12,960 minutes (38.58 downloads per minute)
  • 216 hours (2,314.81 downloads per hour)

That’s some serious bandwidth action. Go download WordPress 2.7 now and let’s see how fast we can reach one million. By Monday? Wednesday? Anyone taking bets? 😉

If it takes 0.64 seconds per download, how long before the WordPress 2.7 download counter will read one billion? Want to guess? Place more bets?

I announced this on my Twitter and Matt Harzewski (redwall_hp) admitted that while he had upgraded many WordPress blogs to 2.7 since its release, he had only downloaded one copy.

Have you been recycling your WordPress downloads? 😀

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  1. Posted December 19, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted December 19, 2008 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    While I’ve recycled the same download a couple times, I also have a couple installations running 2.7 which I got from trunk. I’m guessing that SVN updates aren’t counted, so there have probably already been over a million downloads! That’s pretty cool if you ask me.

    • Posted December 19, 2008 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

      So the math goes that if we download once and assume a good majority of us have more than one blog (and friends who need help upgrading), then the 500,000 should get multiplied by what? Two? Four? If we add SVN updates…how can we ever keep score?

      Which begs the question for everyone:

      How many uses do you typically get out of one WordPress download?

      This is fun!

  3. CupidBlogger
    Posted December 19, 2008 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    It is definitely a great achievement…numbers tells everything… And the best things, it is 100% powered by WordPress 2.7. From theme to plugin, eveything seems to be working fine…I love WordPress so check it out..

  4. Posted December 19, 2008 at 10:22 pm | Permalink


    I have recycled my one download about 10 times. Plus I had upgraded some website via Fantastico. I am sure you can be safe (and maybe some what conservative) if you multiply the figure by four times.

    Does WordPress have a way to know how many installs were made through a Fantastico?

  5. Posted December 19, 2008 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    As I write this…499,740.

    I have about 31 site I manage/my own……..I DO recycle my downloads……..who will get a 500,000 screenshot…sweet.

  6. Posted December 19, 2008 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I have four WP installations. Two of them had been running 2.7 betas/RCs and were upgraded via the new one-click core upgrade feature. The other two were upgraded to 2.7 from a single download.

  7. Posted December 19, 2008 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    At precisely 1:00am EST, the download counter was at 500,003.

    I’ve downloaded it once, and updated 7 WordPress installs with the one copy.

  8. Posted December 19, 2008 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Have you been recycling your WordPress downloads? 😀

    Admittedly… yes 😕

  9. Posted December 20, 2008 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Kim: hahaha, I got 500,002

    Lorelle: :P, yes I am sticking my tongue at you, MY screenshot has the counter at 500,002. if anyone got at 500,000 then they are EXTREMELY lucky.

    Yes I stayed just to get as close as possible, there was a snowstorm in Toronto all afternoon and evening and I do not want to clean up 15-20 cm of snow……that is done in the morning.

    Congrats WordPress.

  10. Posted December 20, 2008 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    It sounds like you were the lucky one, Miroslav. I had to step out to get something to eat (been glued to the computer ALL day with work – HAD to eat) and got distracted. Missed the very moment. You are the lucky winner of all the attention in the world.

    So did you post it yet on your blog? Where is the trackback? 😀 Need a place to send everyone to if you got the closest to the 500,000 roll over!

  11. Posted December 20, 2008 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    I upgrade mine via SVN. 🙂

  12. Posted December 20, 2008 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    Oh well i admit , been recycling the WordPress Download i think did it on like 7 blogs of mine !

  13. belanja online
    Posted December 20, 2008 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    is the best

  14. Posted December 20, 2008 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    I’m using the _de-DE version from – most German Blogger use this download and not the english version or the de_DE version from “dashboard”

    One download ~ 55installations ;), at the end of my upgrade sesssion it would be more, but it is Christmas Time and I would like to have time to buye presents 😉


    • Posted December 20, 2008 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      @Monika: 55 installations to one download! Wow. You are totally skewing the stats. 😀

  15. Posted December 20, 2008 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    I’ve recycled the same download for 8 blogs/sites so far and I have 3 more that I update for other people. It’s awesome to see that the new version is so well received. I love the new admin area!

  16. Posted December 20, 2008 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I have trackbacked from my blog entry (self-hosted), hopefully it will show up here and that I did it correctly.

  17. Posted December 20, 2008 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    I updated through Instant Update on the blogs I admin, so I can’t recycle. I had one problem in forgetting to disable the Fluency Admin plug-in. Caused a bit of havoc, as I couldn’t access my plug-ins screen. 😦 Finally I got to it through the browser history, and discovered that Fluency has a new version written for 2.7!

  18. Posted December 21, 2008 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I just downloaded and upgraded one of my sites to WordPress v2.7 and I think I am absolutely in love with the new interface. Everything just seems so much easier to navigate through and manage. I love that you can install plugin’s without having to fire up your FTP and I can’t wait to be able to upgrade WordPress with the new 1-click install that has been added…. that is one feature I have been hoping to get for a very long time. I currently own two of my own domains and I can’t wait to upgrade the other one. Thank you so much to all of the awesome people who puts wordpress together for us.

  19. Nick @
    Posted December 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    LOVE THE NEW 2.7!!!

  20. Posted January 8, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I got closer…999,990 then i keep hitting refresh then 999,998 then 1,000,002

    Here you go:
    Change the one million to 500000 (keeping the -wp) if you want to see the half a million

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