The Irish General Election is only a couple of weeks away, and RTE News reports that this year sees a surge in Independent candidates :
- 233 Independent & Smaller Party candidates
- 75 FF
- 104 FG
- 68 Labour
- 43 Greens
- 41 Sinn Fein
I decided to take the Independent candidates and establish how many of them are using WordPress as their Content Managment System.
First of all I established the candidates and their websites or lack thereof :
- 169 – total Independent Candidates
- 84 – Candidates without a website
- 85 – Candidate with a website
So regardless of other online presence – just over 50% of candidates have no website. Taking those 85 candidates that do have a website, I wrote a quick script that searched the home page of their site – and looked for the obvious DNA that one would expect with the most obvious Content Management Systems. Where this was not obviously available – I actually looked at the source and came to my own conclusions.
The results are shown below:
So WordPress implementations (both self-hosted and originating out of wordpress.com) seem to be the most popular branded CMS in use by candidates – with just over 28% of sites.