The Current State of Hotel Websites (September 2017)

At the beginning of 2017 I wanted to do a very specific analysis of HermesThemes client websites. I was curious to see how many customers keep their WordPress websites up to date.

One thing lead to another and I ended up creating my very own search engine that is able to achieve some interesting things.

During July-September 2017 I have analyzed over 705,000 hotel websites from 150+ countries.

I am publishing the results of my research ~2 months ahead of the Digital Strategies for Travel Europe 2017 conference that will take place in Amsterdam (29-30 November), a conference that I will be attending. Get in touch if you would like to meet and have a quick chat there.

About This Research

Who Is This For?

I believe that this data will be mostly useful to the following categories of people:

  • IT and Marketing people working in/for the lodging industry;
  • Web developers and web designers;
  • Hotel owners and hotel managers;
  • Social Media Experts;
  • The Search Engine Optimization Community.

Content Management Systems (CMS)

There are a lot of ways to build websites: static HTML files, free content management systems (CMS), licensed content management systems, proprietary (custom) website engines, etc.

This research includes data for 8 popular content management systems that are available to the general public:

  1. WordPress (we sell WordPress Themes for Hotels)
  2. Joomla
  3. Drupal
  4. TYPO3
  5. Wix.com
  6. Weebly
  7. SquareSpace
  8. BookingSuite – a service by Booking.com

Additional Research Metrics

This research includes data for additional metrics that are relevant to web developers, marketers and SEO’s:

  • Percentage of hotel websites that link to their social media accounts: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
  • Percentage of hotel websites that link to their TripAdvisor listings.
  • Usage of Google Analytics.
  • Usage of Facebook Pixel.
  • Percentage of hotel websites with <meta name=”robots” content=”NOINDEX” />.
  • Stats about the Homepage <title> tag: average length, most used words, etc.

I’ve also wanted to gather and analyze data specific only to WordPress hotel websites.

  • Usage of the WooCommerce plugin.
  • Usage of the WPML and qTranslate plugins (for creating multilingual WordPress websites).
  • Usage of Jetpack plugin by WordPress.com.
  • Usage of Yoast SEO plugin.
  • Usage of Visual Composer plugin.
  • Usage of Slider Revolution plugin.
  • Usage of WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache plugins.

Country Differences

Some countries have a larger impact on the total numbers for certain metrics.

For example here are the top 15 countries (~73% of the total) by number of websites analyzed:

  1. USA: ~100,000
  2. Germany: ~92,000
  3. Italy: ~76,000
  4. France: ~51,000
  5. United Kingdom: ~37,000
  6. Spain: ~23,000
  7. Brazil: ~22,000
  8. Austria: ~18,000
  9. Poland: ~18,000
  10. Australia: ~17,000
  11. Canada: ~17,000
  12. Netherlands: ~13,000
  13. Greece: ~12,000
  14. India: ~11,000
  15. Japan: ~10,000

Because of this difference in volume, if you care about raw numbers, then a 10% share for the USA represents the same number of actual websites as a 20% share in France.

The purpose of this research is to study percentages and not just the raw numbers.

BEFORE WE BEGIN

It took almost 3 months to gather and analyze this data, the results of which I am giving away for free.

The intention is to update this data every 3-6 months and analyze the monthly/yearly changes across all these metrics.

If you plan to use, write about or publish this data anywhere else, please consider linking to the source (HermesThemes.com) when and where that is appropriate.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Market Share by Content Management System (CMS)
    1. CMS Market Share in Country: USA
    2. CMS Market Share in Country: GERMANY
    3. CMS Market Share in Country: ITALY
    4. CMS Market Share in Country: FRANCE
    5. CMS Market Share in Country: UNITED KINGDOM
  2. CMS Market Share by Country:
    1. CMS Market Share by Country: WORDPRESS
    2. CMS Market Share by Country: JOOMLA
    3. CMS Market Share by Country: DRUPAL
    4. CMS Market Share by Country: TYPO3
    5. CMS Market Share by Country: WIX
    6. CMS Market Share by Country: WEEBLY
    7. CMS Market Share by Country: SQUARESPACE
    8. CMS Market Share by Country: BOOKINGSUITE
  3. Hotel Websites Linking to Social Media Accounts
    1. Social Media Usage by Country: FACEBOOK
    2. Social Media Usage by Country: TWITTER
    3. Social Media Usage by Country: INSTAGRAM
    4. Social Media Usage by Country: TRIPADVISOR
  4. Tracking/Remarketing Tools:
    1. Tool Usage: GOOGLE ANALYTICS
    2. Tool Usage by Country: GOOGLE ANALYTICS
    3. Tool Usage: FACEBOOK PIXEL
    4. Tool Usage by Country: FACEBOOK PIXEL
  5. WordPress Websites:
    1. Top 50 Most Popular (Active) Hotel WordPress Themes
    2. WordPress Versions
    3. WordPress Websites: ACTIVE PLUGINS
    4. WordPress Plugin Usage by Country: WOOCOMMERCE
    5. WordPress Plugin Usage by Country: WPML
    6. WordPress Plugin Usage by Country: qTranslate
    7. WordPress Plugin Usage by Country: Jetpack
    8. WordPress Plugin Usage by Country: WP Super Cache
    9. WordPress Plugin Usage by Country: W3 Total Cache
    10. WordPress Usage Plugin by Country: YOAST SEO
    11. WordPress Plugin Usage by Country: VISUAL COMPOSER
    12. WordPress Plugin Usage by Country: SLIDER REVOLUTION
  6. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Metrics:
    1. SEO: Websites with <meta name=”robots” content=”NOINDEX” />
    2. SEO: Average Homepage <title> Tag Length
    3. SEO: Most Used Homepage <title> Tags
    4. SEO: Most Used Words in Homepage <title> Tag
  7. Branding: Most Used Words in Hotel Names

1. MARKET SHARE BY CMS

Other: 67.63%WordPress: 19.98%Joomla: 5.13%Drupal: 1.66%TYPO3: 0.87%Wix: 2.36%BookingSuite: 1.10%Weebly: 0.83%SquareSpace: 0.44%

WordPress is very comfortably in the lead with a 20% market share, with Joomla behind it with a 5,1% market share.

It is important to note that ~67% of hotel websites are not powered by any of these Top 8 CMS and website builders.

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1.1. CMS MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: USA

Other: 74.25%WordPress: 16.32%Joomla: 1.25%Drupal: 1.59%Wix: 2.54%BookingSuite: 1.10%Weebly: 1.71%SquareSpace: 1.24%

Data for 100,000 hotel websites from 2,500+ locations in USA.

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1.2. CMS MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: GERMANY

Other: 74.76%WordPress: 13.04%Joomla: 6.96%Drupal: 0.74%TYPO3: 3.46%Wix: 0.61%BookingSuite: 0.19%Weebly: 0.16%SquareSpace: 0.08%

Data for 92,000 hotel websites from 3,000+ locations in Germany.

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1.3. CMS MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: ITALY

Other: 59.00%WordPress: 26.09%Joomla: 8.39%Drupal: 1.39%TYPO3: 0.51%Wix: 1.94%BookingSuite: 1.84%Weebly: 0.68%SquareSpace: 0.16%

Italy has one of the highest usage rates for these 8 CMSs combined – 41%. WordPress powers 26% of hotel websites in Italy.

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1.4. CMS MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: FRANCE

Other: 67.59%WordPress: 19.26%Joomla: 4.58%Drupal: 3.60%TYPO3: 0.20%Wix: 3.67%BookingSuite: 0.37%Weebly: 0.53%SquareSpace: 0.20%

Wix is larger than Drupal in France.

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1.5. CMS MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM

Other: 63.82%WordPress: 25.05%Joomla: 2.56%Drupal: 2.67%TYPO3: 0.02%Wix: 3.20%BookingSuite: 0.29%Weebly: 1.50%SquareSpace: 0.89%

WordPress powers 25% of hotel websites in United Kingdom and Wix is larger than Drupal and Joomla.

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2. 1. MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: WORDPRESS

St. LuciaAntigua & BarbudaEstoniaLithuaniaIcelandMaltaSwedenMaldivesRomaniaKenyaAustraliaIrelandNetherlandsHaitiSouth AfricaMoldovaSpainDenmarkChileItalyGreeceIndonesiaUnited KingdomNorwayFinlandPolandCanadaColombiaNew ZealandTurkeyFranceHungaryBelgiumBrazilSwitzerlandPortugalIsraelMalaysiaUSAMexicoArgentinaCzech RepublicJapanRussiaAustriaGermanyIndiaSouth KoreaChina01020304050

WordPress powers ~48% (43 out of 90) of hotel websites in St. Lucia, an island country in the Eastern Caribbean Sea.

In Europe, Estonia is in the lead with ~43%, with Lithuania, Iceland, Malta and Sweden with ~36%. Germany and Austria are at the bottom of the charts with 13-14%.

In North America, Canada leads with 22.5%, with USA and Mexico both with only 16%.

In Asia, Japan is close to 15% while WordPress is used only on ~3.3 of hotel websites in South Korea.

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2.2. MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: JOOMLA

VenezuelaBelarusGreeceKenyaMontenegroMadagascarUkraineHungarySlovakiaRussiaAustriaPolandItalyColombiaSwitzerlandSouth AfricaNetherlandsCzech RepublicGermanyRomaniaFinlandPortugalDenmarkCroatiaSpainNorwayChileBelgiumFranceSwedenAustraliaBrazilTurkeyIrelandArgentinaIndonesiaThailandCanadaUnited KingdomNew ZealandIsraelIndiaUSAJapanSouth KoreaChina051015202530

Joomla is the world’s second most popular CMS. It accomplishes that by being used all around the world, not in just specific regions.

Joomla is big in Venezuela, where it powers ~25% of hotel websites. It is also surprisingly popular in Greece and Kenya.

Even though Joomla powers only 1.25% of hotel websites in USA, that’s still an impressive number: 1,250 websites.

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2.3. MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: DRUPAL

DenmarkBelgiumLuxembourgFinlandUkraineMauritiusFranceHungarySlovakiaRussiaUnited KingdomSpainMexicoNetherlandsAustraliaChezh RepublicIcelandMadagascarLithuaniaSwedenCanadaSloveniaUSAGreeceEstoniaMalaysiaRomaniaItalySouth AfricaSwitzerlandNew ZealandAustriaPolandPortugalCroatiaBrazilIrelandIndonesiaColombiaIsraelGermanyArgentinaChileThailandTurkeySouth KoreaChinaJapan0123456

Belgium is Drupal’s “home-country”, which could be the reason why it is so strong in the neighboring countries of Denmark and France.

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2.4. MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: TYPO3

AustriaSwitzerlandGermanyDenmarkItalyFranceNetherlandsSpainAustraliaPolandCanadaGreeceRussiaUnited KingdomUSA0246810

No surprises here: it is a well-known fact that TYPO3 is mostly used in German-speaking countries.

If you are a PHP developer starting out in one of these 4 countries, then you can try giving it a chance. If you live/work elsewhere – convincing customers to try out TYPO3 can be challenging.

The same thing goes for end-customers: it might be difficult to find a local TYPO3 expert if you are located outside of this area.

I found TYPO3 websites only in 64 countries. In the USA I found only 3 distinct websites running on TYPO3.

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2.5. MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: WIX

HaitiGuadeloupeMartiniqueEcuadorColombiaBrazilCosta RicaNicaraguaMauritiusIsraelPuerto RicoMaltaIcelandUruguayPortugalChileMexicoAustraliaCanadaFranceRussiaArgentinaPeruSouth AfricaNorwayMadagascarUnited KingdomNew ZealandBelgiumCyprusUSASwitzerlandIrelandLatviaMalaysiaGreeceCroatiaMoroccoSouth KoreaItalySpainThailandFinlandIndonesiaTurkeySwedenDenmarkUkraineAustriaJapanNetherlandsPolandLithuaniaRomaniaCzech RepublicHungaryGermanyIndiaChina02468101214

Wix has the largest share of hotel websites in South America and different island countries.

A ranking by the total number of Wix websites would look like this:
USA, France, Brazil, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany.

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2.6. MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: WEEBLY

New ZealandIcelandEstoniaCosta RicaPhilippinesCanadaAustraliaIrelandUSANorwayUnited KingdomSloveniaMalaysiaSouth AfricaBelgiumPortugalColombiaIndonesiaNetherlandsItalyThailandMexicoSwedenSwitzerlandGreeceSpainFranceChileDenmarkArgentinaRomaniaIsraelAustriaHungaryPolandBrazilGermanyJapanRussiaSouth Korea0.00.51.01.52.02.53.03.5

Weebly has a relatively good share only in a handful of large countries, all of them English-speaking countries: New Zealand, Canada, Australia, USA.

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2.7. MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: SQUARESPACE

NorwayIcelandAustraliaNew ZealandCosta RicaUSACanadaUnited KingdomSwedenIrelandDenmarkMexicoFinlandSwitzerlandBelgiumSouth AfricaPortugalIndonesiaFranceGreeceItalySpainNetherlandsAustriaIndiaGermanyBrazilPoland0.00.51.01.52.02.5

Similar to Weebly, SquareSpace is doing well only in English-speaking countries: 1,245 websites in USA, 330 in United Kingdom, 300 in Australia, 200 in Canada.

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2.8. MARKET SHARE BY COUNTRY: BOOKINGSUITE

CroatiaMontenegroUruguayCyprusChileBoliviaParaguayBosnia & HerzegovinaEcuadorPortugalGuatemalaColombiaSloveniaCosta RicaNicaraguaBrazilHondurasSerbiaMexicoGreecePeruCanadaArgentinaItalyThailandSpainChinaTaiwanUSATurkeyMoroccoIrelandAustraliaSouth KoreaIcelandIndonesiaNorwaySouth AfricaAustriaRomaniaNew ZealandBelgiumFranceDenmarkMalaysiaCzech RepublicUnited KingdomPolandNetherlandsSwitzerlandJapanGermanyIndiaRussiaUkraineHungaryIsrael05101520

Croatia is in the lead with over 450 websites powered by the BookingSuite (a service of Booking.com). Most of these are one-apartment properties, which seems to be the main customer base for the BookingSuite.

Taking in account both the market share and the raw number of websites, top countries for BookingSuite are Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Chile, Greece, Mexico, Canada, USA.

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3. HOTEL WEBSITES LINKING TO SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

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Over one third of hotels link to their Facebook page, but only 9% link to their Instagram account/hashtag.

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3.1. SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE BY COUNTRY: FACEBOOK

MongoliaArubaUnited Arab EmiratesFijiEgyptMaldivesEl SalvadorParaguayHondurasPhilippinesMaltaNicaraguaAndorraBelizeGuatemalaIsraelEcuadorPeruNorwayUgandaNepalMauritiusCosta RicaSloveniaGreeceAustraliaIcelandMexicoSwedenCyprusPortugalSri LankaSpainColombiaMoroccoThailandFinlandArgentinaIrelandIndiaLithuaniaUnited KingdomItalyCubaMalaysiaTurkeyDenmarkSouth AfricaNetherlandsIndonesiaLatviaBosnia & HerzegovinaMadagascarChileDominican RepublicNew ZealandUSARomaniaCanadaFranceCroatiaBrazilHungarySlovakiaEstoniaBelgiumAustriaCzech RepublicBelarusUkraineSwitzerlandPolandSaudi ArabiaJapanRussiaGermanyIranSouth KoreaChina010203040506070

How surprising is this chart?

People in Germany are not too excited about Facebook, they are very concerned about privacy.

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3.2. SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE BY COUNTRY: TWITTER

AndorraUnited Arab EmiratesMaldivesSt. LuciaBahamasKenyaIndonesiaUnited KingdomSpainVenezuelaIndiaIrelandJamaicaMauritiusCubaSaudi ArabiaMalaysiaMaltaCyprusIsraelMexicoTurkeyDominican RepublicUSAColombiaNetherlandsEcuadorMoroccoSouth AfricaCanadaNorwayPeruCroatiaLebanonSloveniaGreecePortugalFranceAustraliaPhilippinesChileMontenegroNew ZealandArgentinaIcelandJapanSwedenItalyBelgiumFinlandUkraineSwitzerlandBrazilThailandRomaniaGeorgiaRussiaAustriaHungaryDenmarkGermanySlovakiaCzech RepublicPolandSouth KoreaChina0102030405060

A similar situation as with Facebook, just with smaller numbers.

I was surprised to see that hotels bother with Twitter at all, I expected even lower numbers.

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3.3. SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE BY COUNTRY: INSTAGRAM

MaldivesUnited Arab EmiratesBahamasSingaporeLebanonKyrgyzstanKazahstanNorwaySwedenAndorraIndonesiaJamaicaDominican RepublicBelarusIranTurkeyVenezuelaFinlandAustraliaMauritiusSaudi ArabiaRussiaHondurasPuerto RicoCyprusCroatiaIndiaColombiaEcuadorMontenegroIcelandNicaraguaKenyaSpainSri LankaDenmarkUkrainePhilippinesMexicoBrazilUSAPortugalCosta RicaCanadaMaltaEstoniaSwitzerlandGreeceMalaysiaUnited KingdomChileIrelandMoroccoPeruItalyIsraelSloveniaThailandSouth AfricaFranceNew ZealandLatviaArgentinaNetherlandsBelgiumSlovakiaAustriaJapanLithuaniaHungarySouth KoreaCubaCzech RepublicPolandRomaniaMadagascarGermanyChina05101520253035

You would expect that hotels in some countries would focus more on Instagram Marketing, but it is what it is.

One explanation for the low numbers in certain countries is the total number of VERY outdated hotel websites. It is normal to find German hotel websites that haven’t been updated in more than 15 years. Static HTML websites with sparkling .gif animations, frames and other good stuff.

Hotels in countries like Madagascar, Romania, Cuba, Austria and even New Zealand should pick up the pace. Even if you think Instagram won’t get you direct hotel bookings, it will at least raise the country’s general reputation and image on the international level.

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3.4. SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE BY COUNTRY: TRIPADVISOR

Cook IslandsSeychellesBelizeVanuatuAntigua & BarbudaSt. LuciaSwazilandNepalIcelandHondurasUgandaMauritiusNamibiaCosta RicaCyprusNicaraguaTanzaniaIrelandGreeceMaldivesMaltaNew ZealandMoroccoJamaicaMadagascarSouth AfricaEcuadorSri LankaUnited KingdomItalyPeruAustraliaUruguaySloveniaKenyaIndiaMexicoCanadaMontenegroChileArgentinaNorwayPortugalUnited Arab EmiratesThailandSwitzerlandCubaColombiaIndonesiaSwedenBrazilTurkeyUSAFinlandPhilippinesSpainFranceDenmarkJapanEstoniaCroatiaRussiaRomaniaAustriaUkraineSlovakiaMalaysiaIsraelLatviaBelgiumCzech RepublicLithuaniaPolandNetherlandsHungarySouth KoreaGermanyChinaSaudi Arabia01020304050

Many hotels use their TripAdvisor page as “social proof” of their good service and quality.

Many industry experts think that sending your website visitors out to other websites (even for social proof) is a good way to decrease your direct bookings and lose customers in the process.

The smaller countries are in a confident lead, with Germany confidently at the bottom of the chart, again.

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4.1. TOOL USAGE: GOOGLE ANALYTICS

No: 78.13%Yes: 21.87%

This one was probably one of the biggest surprises for me: Google Analytics is used on only 22% of hotel websites.

In an industry where every bit of intelligence and analytics can be used to improve your business, over 75% choose not to use this free tool from Google itself.

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4.2. TOOL USAGE BY COUNTRY: GOOGLE ANALYTICS

AndorraNew ZealandCyprusSloveniaBelarusUkraineJamaicaMaltaGreeceCubaMauritiusSpainCzech RepublicLatviaIndiaCroatiaDominican RepublicLithuaniaPortugalItalyAustraliaDenmarkJapanFranceSwitzerlandNetherlandsCosta RicaIcelandRomaniaAustriaTurkeyBrazilIrelandPolandSouth AfricaHungaryUnited KingdomFinlandSwedenVenezuelaColombiaIndonesiaCanadaChileArgentinaBelgiumPeruMexicoNorwayRussiaEcuadorIsraelPhilippinesUSAThailandIranMalaysiaGermanySouth KoreaChina0102030405060

Both USA and Germany are at the bottom of the chart.

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4.3. TOOL USAGE: FACEBOOK PIXEL

No: 98.43%Yes: 1.57%

The Facebook Pixel is used for retargeting/remarketing (I wrote about it here).

It is somewhat of an advanced tool used by marketers to target and reengage visitors that were on your website in the past.

This is what the big shops use when you discover in your Facebook feed an ad for a pair of sandals that you were looking at only 20 minutes ago.

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4.4. TOOL USAGE BY COUNTRY: FACEBOOK PIXEL

IsraelSloveniaCroatiaJamaicaMaldivesSri LankaDenmarkAustraliaIrelandMexicoSwedenIcelandPeruVietnamRomaniaHungaryIndiaFinlandUSASouth AfricaTurkeyUnited KingdomCanadaColombiaBrazilNorwayBelgiumAustriaSwitzerlandPolandThailandItalyNetherlandsGreeceRussiaIndonesiaFranceCzech RepublicNew ZealandSpainMalaysiaSouth KoreaChilePortugalGermanyJapan012345678

This chart is probably a good indicator of the power and reputation that marketers have in these countries.

The higher a country is on the chart, the more effort goes into squeezing every little bit they can via marketing efforts.

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5.1. TOP 50 MOST POPULAR (ACTIVE) HOTEL WORDPRESS THEMES

These are the most popular WordPress themes used on the 141,300 WordPress hotel websites that were analyzed.

  • 14 out of Top 15 Themes are sold via ThemeForest.
  • 31 out of Top 50 Themes are sold via ThemeForest.
  • 13 out of Top 50 Themes are distributed via WordPress.org.
PLACE THEME NAME DEVELOPER DISTRIBUTION WEBSITES % SHARE
#1 DIVI ElegantThemes Independent 5,180 3.67%
#2 AVADA ThemeFusion ThemeForest 4,575 3.23%
#3 ENFOLD Kriesi ThemeForest 2,699 1.9%
#4 BETHEME muffingroup ThemeForest 1,832 1.29%
#5 HOTEL MASTER GoodLayers ThemeForest 1,817 1.28%
#6 SOHO HOTEL quitenicestuff ThemeForest 1,557 1.10%
#7 BRIDGE QODE ThemeForest 1,160 0.82%
#8 THE7 Dream-Theme ThemeForest 1,039 0.73%
#9 JUPITER artbees ThemeForest 898 0.63%
#10 NICE HOTEL quitenicestuff ThemeForest 884 0.62%
#11 BELLEVUE Themovation ThemeForest 759 0.53%
#12 NATION HOTEL raybreaker ThemeForest 731 0.51%
#13 X THEMECO ThemeForest 673 0.47%
#14 HOTEC SmoothThemes ThemeForest 649 0.46%
#15 SALIENT ThemeNectar ThemeForest 618 0.437%
#16 SYDNEY athemes WordPress.org 615 0.435%
#17 CUSTOMIZR Nicolas GUILLAUME WordPress.org 601 0.42%
#18 VANTAGE SiteOrigin WordPress.org 552 0.39%
#19 LEISURE CurlyThemes ThemeForest 549 0.388%
#20 STARHOTEL Slashdown ThemeForest 531 0.37%
#21 SAILING ThimPress ThemeForest 509 0.36%
#22 VIERRA designesia ThemeForest 432 0.30%
#23 THE PLACE HotelWP ThemeForest 425 0.30%
#24 SKT HOTEL LITE SKTThemes WordPress.org 405 0.28%
#25 KALLYAS hogash ThemeForest 392 0.27%
#26 TOTAL WPExplorer ThemeForest 372 0.263%
#27 VIRTUE Kadence Themes WordPress.org 360 0.254%
#28 CALLUNA themetwins ThemeForest 354 0.25%
#29 IMPREZA UpSolution ThemeForest 353 0.25%
#30 RESPONSIVE CyberChimps WordPress.org 351 0.248%
#31 HILLTER awethemes ThemeForest 338 0.239%
#32 ANCHOR INN ProgressionStudios ThemeForest 335 0.236%
#33 ZERIF LITE ThemeIsle WordPress.org 323 0.228%
#34 GENERATEPRESS GeneratePress WordPress.org 321 0.227%
#35 VIVA Cohhe ThemeForest 317 0.224%
#36 WELCOME INN ThemeFuse ThemeForest 311 0.219%
#37 TRAVELIFY Colorlib WordPress.org 301 0.212%
#38 UDESIGN AndonDesign ThemeForest 290 0.205%
#39 TEMPERA Cryout Creations WordPress.org 287 0.203%
#40 SPACIOUS ThemeGrill WordPress.org 278 0.196%
#41 CANVAS WooCommerce (WooThemes) Independent 277 0.195%
#42 GUESTHOUSE Ait-Themes Independent 272 0.192%
#43 NIRVANA Cryout Creations WordPress.org 259 0.183%
#44 MILANO themoholics ThemeForest 252 0.178%
#45 GENESIS StudioPress Independent 251 0.177%
#46 PINBOARD One Designs WordPress.org 249 0.176%
#47 HEADWAY Headway Themes Independent 237 0.167%
#48 ROSA pixelgrade ThemeForest 223 0.157%
#49 HOTELIOUR Ait-Themes Independent 216 0.152%
#50 LAMOON UXBARN ThemeForest 202 0.152%
OUR WORDPRESS THEMES
#104 AMBASSADOR HermesThemes Independent 95 0.067%
#106 FORTUNA HermesThemes Independent 92 0.065%
#186 CASTELLO HermesThemes Independent 63 0.05%
#223 LEONARDO HermesThemes Independent 48 0.03%
#238 VICTORIA HermesThemes Independent 43 0.03%

The position of a theme in this table does not mean that it is better (or worse) than the ones above or below it.

Some may want to buy a Top 10 because of it’s popularity alone, but it also means that your website will look the same as other hotel websites.

Some may want to buy a less popular theme just to have a more unique design.

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5.2. WORDPRESS WEBSITES: WORDPRESS VERSIONS

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The number of hotel websites using outdated versions of WordPress is astonishing.

Only 66% of hotel websites are using one of the latest 3 major versions of WordPress (4.8, 4.7, 4.6).

At the time of writing this (13/09/2017), the latest version of WordPress was 4.8.1

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5.3. WORDPRESS WEBSITES: ACTIVE PLUGINS

Yoast SEOWooCommerceWPMLVisual ComposerSlider RevolutionJetpackWP Super CacheW3 Total CacheqTranslate05101520253035

One out of five WordPress hotel websites has WooCommerce installed and activated.

WPML is used on 16% of hotel websites that are powered by WordPress (~22,500 out of 141,300), which is 5.5 times more than qTranslate, a similar (but free) plugin.

WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache have an almost equal market share of hotel websites.

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5.4. WORDPRESS PLUGIN USAGE BY COUNTRY: WOOCOMMERCE

FijiColombiaPakistanCosta RicaIranIsraelSloveniaNicaraguaMoldovaSouth KoreaKenyaEcuadorGuatemalaTanzaniaSerbiaSouth AfricaNew ZealandMadagascarMauritiusChileArgentinaNorwayIcelandGreeceDenmarkIndiaTurkeyItalyAustraliaPortugalFinlandMexicoSpainCroatiaSwitzerlandAustriaRomaniaCanadaBrazilNetherlandsUnited KingdomMalaysiaBelgiumGermanyIrelandFranceUSAPolandIndonesiaCzech RepublicHungarySwedenUkraineRussiaMaltaJapanTunisia0510152025303540

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5.5. WORDPRESS PLUGIN USAGE BY COUNTRY: WPML

AndorraEstoniaGreeceMauritiusItalyLatviaSwitzerlandSloveniaCroatiaBelgiumCosta RicaFinlandIsraelAustriaSpainPortugalDenmarkFranceSlovakiaNorwayPeruIcelandMoldovaHungaryRomaniaEcuadorSwedenThailandSouth KoreaColombiaUkraineNetherlandsTurkeyCzech RepublicArgentinaCanadaMexicoGermanyChilePolandBrazilMalaysiaIndonesiaSouth AfricaRussiaIndiaNew ZealandAustraliaUnited KingdomIrelandUSAJapan0102030405060

Unsurprisingly, WPML has the smallest share in a cluster of five English-speaking countries that don’t worry too much about tourists speaking other languages: USA, Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

On the other hand, Andorra, Estonia, Greece, Mauritius and Italy are putting in the effort to make their WordPress websites multilingual, with most of the other European countries in the top half of the chart.

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5.6. WORDPRESS PLUGIN USAGE BY COUNTRY: QTRANSLATE

MoldovaGeorgiaTunisiaBoliviaMontenegroLithuaniaUkraineCroatiaGreeceMoroccoHungaryItalySlovakiaPeruPortugalEstoniaSloveniaSwitzerlandBelgiumThailandFinlandSpainCzech RepublicAustriaRomaniaChileTurkeyFranceMexicoNetherlandsIcelandSwedenArgentinaPolandBrazilGermanyRussiaIndonesiaJapanCanadaAustraliaUSAUnited Kingdom024681012141618

The English-speaking countries are confidently at the bottom of the chart, even for a free plugin.

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5.7. WORDPRESS PLUGIN USAGE BY COUNTRY: YOAST SEO

Norfolk IslandBelizeFijiMadagascarNetherlandsZimbabweIsraelUnited KingdomUSAAustraliaFranceDenmarkItalySouth AfricaUnited Arab EmiratesCyprusNew ZealandIrelandCanadaFinlandNorwayMaltaCroatiaKenyaMauritiusGreeceAustriaSlovakiaCosta RicaSpainBelgiumSwedenGermanySwitzerlandPortugalRomaniaEstoniaThailandColombiaPolandBrazilPeruLithuaniaCzech RepublicEcuadorSloveniaIndonesiaIcelandHungaryMexicoIndiaChileLatviaUkraineMalaysiaArgentinaRussiaTurkeySouth KoreaJapan01020304050607080

Yoast SEO (formerly known as WordPress SEO) remains the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress websites.

Out of 21 hotel WordPress websites in Norfolk Islands – Yoast SEO is active on 15 of them (71.4%).

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5.8. WORDPRESS PLUGIN USAGE BY COUNTRY: JETPACK

HondurasCubaMalaysiaIndonesiaCosta RicaIcelandPhilippinesSouth KoreaPortugalThailandNorwayMaldivesUSAIrelandColombiaMexicoUnited KingdomAustriaCanadaSouth AfricaSpainSwitzerlandArgentinaFranceBelgiumGermanyJapanNew ZealandAustraliaBrazilGreeceItalyFinlandPeruIsraelSloveniaChileNetherlandsCroatiaRomaniaIndiaSwedenHungaryDenmarkPolandTurkeyCzech RepublicUkraineRussiaLithuania0510152025

Jetpack is a free plugin provided by the WordPress.com team. It is a Swiss Army Knife type of plugin, which I’ve written about before.

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5.9. WORDPRESS PLUGIN USAGE BY COUNTRY: VISUAL COMPOSER

MauritiusColombiaUgandaSouth KoreaCosta RicaDominican RepublicKenyaGreeceVietnamItalyChileMexicoArgentinaSpainPortugalTurkeyRomaniaMalaysiaIndiaSwitzerlandSouth AfricaDenmarkBrazilAustriaAustraliaThailandSlovakiaFranceCanadaNetherlandsGermanyHungaryUSAUnited KingdomNew ZealandIndonesiaPolandSwedenRussiaFinlandIrelandPhilippinesJapan05101520253035

Visual Composer is the most popular page builder plugin for WordPress. It currently has over 314,000 sales on ThemeForest. It is also included for free in a great deal of WordPress themes sold via ThemeForest.

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5.10. WORDPRESS PLUGIN USAGE BY COUNTRY: SLIDER REVOLUTION

IranCubaMauritiusColombiaPakistanEcuadorMaldivesUgandaCyprusKenyaVietnamIsraelSri LankaTanzaniaSouth KoreaTurkeyMoroccoCosta RicaPeruGreeceCroatiaIndiaItalyArgentinaMexicoPortugalBrazilChileSouth AfricaRomaniaMaltaSwitzerlandMalaysiaAustriaSpainThailandDenmarkAustraliaIndonesiaUkraineCanadaIcelandFranceUSABelgiumPolandGermanyUnited KingdomIrelandHungaryNetherlandsNorwayRussiaNew ZealandSwedenCzech RepublicJapan05101520253035

Slider Revolution is one of the most popular WordPress plugins for creating image, video and content slideshows (sliders). Currently it has 210,700 sales on ThemeForest.

Similarly to Visual Composer, it is included in a good portion of themes sold via ThemeForest.

Back in 2014 a major security flaw was discovered in Slider Revolution, which might have lead to the famous Mossack Fonseca Hack in 2016, also known as #PanamaPapers.

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5.11. WORDPRESS PLUGIN USAGE BY COUNTRY: WP SUPER CACHE

CubaSouth KoreaGreeceArgentinaSerbiaVietnamPhilippinesMaldivesMadagascarUkraineSwedenSlovakiaFranceColombiaSpainMexicoUSARussiaSwitzerlandNew ZealandAustraliaPortugalCanadaBrazilCroatiaNetherlandsBelgiumPolandRomaniaItalyIndiaAustriaIsraelFinlandThailandCzech RepublicIrelandChileTurkeySouth AfricaUnited KingdomDenmarkIndonesiaMalaysiaGermanyNorwayLithuaniaIcelandEstoniaHungaryJapan0510152025

A chart of countries that care the most about caching, which generally leads to quicker loading websites.

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5.12. WORDPRESS PLUGIN USAGE BY COUNTRY: W3 TOTAL CACHE

Costa RicaFijiUnited Arab EmiratesHondurasSerbiaGuatemalaMadagascarMauritiusEcuadorGreeceSlovakiaTanzaniaAustraliaSri LankaIrelandCroatiaSouth KoreaAustriaSwedenSouth AfricaUSABelgiumThailandBrazilPeruCanadaNetherlandsColombiaIndonesiaPortugalMaltaChileArgentinaItalyUnited KingdomRomaniaNew ZealandPhilippinesFinlandSwitzerlandMalaysiaMexicoSpainDenmarkIndiaFranceGermanyNorwayTurkeyHungaryPolandRussiaUkraineJapan0246810121416

The chart looks a little different for this plugin, which is a little more difficult to set up.

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6.1. SEO: WEBSITES WITH META ROBOTS = NOINDEX

No: 99.02%Yes: 0.98%

Not the most impressive chart, but the importance is incredibly great: 1% of hotel websites prevent search engines (like Google) from crawling and indexing the website.

That’s almost 7,000 of hotel websites completely block any traffic that could be coming from search engines and most of them are completely unaware of doing it.

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6.2. SEO: AVERAGE HOMEPAGE <TITLE> TAG LENGTH

3 Words4 Words6 Words7 Words5 Words8 Words2 Words9 Words10 Words11 Words12 Words13 Words1 Word14 Words15 Words16 Words17 Words18 Words19 Words20 Words012345678910

Close to 2.5% of hotel websites use a single word as their homepage <title> tag. Usually it is a word like “Home” or “Welcome”.

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6.3. SEO: MOST USED HOMEPAGE <TITLE> TAGS

HomeStartseiteAccueilindexHome PageWillkommenUntitled DocumentStartWelcomeHomepageHerzlich willkommenHotelMeine homepage – homeWelkomBienvenueFerienwohnung0.00.51.01.52.0

These are the most popular variations of the homepage <title> tag, and all of them are terrible.

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6.4. SEO: MOST USED WORDS IN HOMEPAGE <TITLE> TAG

HotelInHomeBedBreakfastInnAccommodationFerienwohnungResortCampingHouseParkVillaCasaHolidayB&BRestaurantMotelBeachLodgeAgriturismoWillkommenLuxuryApartmentsWelcomeSuitesPensionUrlaubStartseiteFerienhausCottageSPALakeLocationSiteHausPousadaBestRuralResidenceCityNewHostelCountryBoutiqueFarmVacationVacanzeAccueilCampgroundOfficialGasthofBayIslandFamilyHomepage051015202530

These are the most used words in the homepage’s <title> tag.

Over 6% of hotel websites have the word “Home” somewhere in the title, but only 0.4% target families with the word “Family“.

The word “Boutique” is used by 0.74% of hotels.

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7. BRANDING: MOST USED WORDS IN HOTEL NAMES

HotelInnHouseParkVillaMotelLodgeB&BSuitesApartmentBeachGuestApartmentsHomeRestaurantCottageFarmResidenceSPACountryHomestayCityCampGuesthouseGardenCottagesViewBayPalaceAccommodationMaisonMountainBoutiqueAirportRoyalCentreNewHillGreenRetreatManorBlueWestInternationalNorthCourtVistaStudioMotorLuxuryQualitySouthFamilyParadiseRoseHomesStar05101520

If you are looking for inspiration on how to name your property, these are the most used words in the hotel names.

Here’s an example how to better understand these figures:
The word family shows a share of 0.146%. This means that out of 10,000 hotels, 14.6 hotels have the word family in it.

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IN CONCLUSION

There are many interesting takeaways from all this data, especially for web designers, WordPress theme developers, plugin developers, marketers, etc.

It is also curious to review all these stats separately for each country and spot different “weak spots”.

It took a lot of time and effort to gather, analyze and present this valuable information.

The intention is to update this data every 3-6 months and analyze the monthly/yearly changes across all these metrics.

If you plan to use, write about or publish this data anywhere else, I will greatly appreciate it if you will link to the source (HermesThemes.com) when and where that is appropriate.

It would also be great to know who found this data useful and used it for an article or presentation, so please get in touch and send me a link to your articles.

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