How many CP installs?

I’ve currently got 13 of my own and clients’ sites running on ClassicPress (+ another one under development). Only 4 + a test site still on Wordpress.


I would be interested to be able to see that number somewhere like they do for Wordpress plugins.

I’m not on board yet and with the release of the ACF block field, and how to manipulate blocks without learning React, I’m even more hesitant since the number of installs is pretty low.

I’ve played around with the ACF block plugin field and how it was used to create those blocks in that 2nd plugin with PHP and it totally made sense to me since PHP is what I know. I pretty much use ACF Pro on most of the sites I build anyway and my biggest concern with Guten was those fields breaking.

Don’t get me wrong, Guten is still a crappy page editor and I would never use it to build pages.

From a business standpoint I have to decide where to go and knowing that there are lot of installs for Classic Press would make me more comfortable in switching. Right now 1500 installs is not enough to inspire confidence in me that this fork has legs.

If it does not have legs, then I need to be learning how to work with what I know will be around for a while.

Here is a link to the article about the ACF field in interested:

I’ll continue watching what Classic Press is doing and still may yet go that way if the adoption rate is much higher.

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I had seen that article. But, as you’ll have noticed in the comments, Elliott Condon makes it clear that there’s only one person who worked on ACF Blocks: him.

Obviously, everyone has to judge for him- or herself which risks are most problematic for their own usage, but that’s a huge red flag to me. What happens if he gets ill or loses interest? And how’s he going to cope when menus and widgets become blocks too?

To me, relying on one developer is a much bigger risk than moving to a platform with 1700 installs.


Agreed, each person has accept their own level of risk.

My biggest concern with such a low level of adoption is that many of the plug-in vendors that do great with Wordpress and have adapted, will not support a framework with such a low level of usage. I use a lot of those plug-ins on my sites.

If I was a plug-in seller, I would go where the users are.

Just my opinion, I’m not writing off Classic Press just yet, but I pay my mortgage with Wordpress and if I need to learn Blocks to continue paying my mortgage, then that’s what I’ll do.

Which is why I would be interested in seeing somewhere on-line the official number of installs being used. There are 1700 now, but six months from now if there are only a few hundred more, this fork will remain a niche item.

That may not be a great strategy if you are coming late to the party. With c.57,000 plugins already out there, it may be more sensible to go where the users will be. :slightly_smiling_face:


That’s tons. You should look at the numbers of active installs of some password managers that have been around for a lot longer than CP.


57,000 is a different story. Where did you get that number of CP installs?

Your and my idea of tons differ.

There are over 75 million Wordpress sites in one form or another running.

1500 is 0.0022666667% of that.

If I’m a Plug-in developer, it’s not rocket science to figure out where I’ll make more money.

I’ve loaded Classic Press and liked it and I want Classic Press to succeed but I’m also a realist which is why I thought having a public number of installs posted somewhere so people can watch it’s progress would be a good idea.

At some point I’ve got to make a decision as to whether to fully embrace Classic Press and put my future in it’s hands, or embrace Gutenberg and just roll with it as so many others have done.

I’m sure I’m not the only developer who feels this way.

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Considering we only started in August we have made great progress. I think this is a matter of “already” not “only” 1700 sites.

Regarding a public number, we agree. Copying @james’s reply from earlier:

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I didn’t say CP installs, I said plugins.

I agree that established plugin developers might not be bothered about CP if they are already making good money from WP. But it’s a very congested market, as anyone who ever tried searching for a plugin will know. For the smaller players it would seem to make really good sense to support CP. - it requires no extra work really. If the plugin works with WP4.9 it will work with CP. And you would have the chance to pick up a possible 1700 more users.


Not ONLY 1700 potential users, but DEDICATED users. That’s very much different than WP users, where there no longer appears to be a sense of community and helping each other out, as there is with the CP community


That’s exactly right Dick, As soon as a plugin dev commits to CP, that plugin will become the one that all CP users will head for. It seems obvious to me that devs should be getting in early on this. Nothing to lose and a lot to gain.


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I’ve actually lost count of how many CP sites I have now … not because there’s a lot, but because I’ve forgotten to keep track.

It is certainly 4 with another 3 in active development, and another new one this week. I think that means we have ½%!

When we can (rebuilds etc.), we’ll move other clients over. Currently we’re using Padma Unlimited and ElementorPro with ClssicPress.


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The committee hears everyone’s input and truly appreciates everyone who took the time to voice their opinions. We are considering next steps and will keep you all updated over on that thread :slight_smile:


James - can you provide an update on how many installs CP now has, please? Thanks!

Wait just a little longer for Gutenberg editor to break the nerves ( or something else) of those who maintain websites and then you’ll see how many will switch to Classic Press! lol And this will happen suddenly as all such kind of similar projects need a bit of time to become known from one user to another.

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Still holding strong at around 1,700 sites. The way we are measuring this number fluctuates a lot so we probably need to take a look at a more exact way to calculate it sometime.


There are for sure more than these. It is impossible to know how many are using CP to design websites in localhost without having uploaded them online. What I mean is that they are still in a testing mode.
Generally speaking all things need their time to get known.

I remember the first years of Linux Mint. It was another one of the thousand linux distributions. It took a couple of years to become known but when linux users realized that Mint was some sort of improved version of Ubuntu and Debian with better codecs and without bugs they switched to it in a matter of months. Now is one of the best known and most used distributions.

Most people are reluctant to changes ( mostly due to insecurities) but if they get pissed off they make these changes without hesitating.

Then “being there” becomes very important!