The wordpress.com theme showcase site is a brilliant invention: it allows you to read about all the available themes, see them in action, and filter them or sort them in various ways.
One of the ways you can sort them is by popularity. If you visited the site and clicked “Popular”, you’d see all themes arranged from most to least used. Naturally the order changes all the time, as new users join WP, new themes are added etc. Equally naturally, the “premium” themes (themes you pay for) have always been the least popular (see for instance my post on the January 2012 stats).
But recently WP, apparently in an attempt to draw more attention to the premium themes, made them jump about in, er, mysterious ways. Visit the theme showcase site, click “Popular”, click on each theme to read the details and marvel at the latest
monkey busi miracle of the Almighty:
“Our most popular theme! / 6,276,427 blogs use the Twenty Ten theme”
“Our 2nd most popular theme / 1,972,891 blogs use the Twenty Eleven theme”
“Our 3rd most popular theme / 3,021 blogs use the Linen theme”
“Our 4th most popular theme / 1,727,980 blogs use the Bueno theme”
Delicious Magazine [premium]:
“Our 5th most popular theme / 2,359 blogs use the Delicious Magazine theme”
“Our 6th most popular theme / 1,585,354 blogs use the Wu Wei theme”
“Our 7th most popular theme / 1,539,997 blogs use the Titan theme”
“Our 8th most popular theme / 1,539 blogs use the Photography theme”
“Our 9th most popular theme / 1,350 blogs use the Shelf theme”
“Our 10th most popular theme / 550,601 blogs use the MistyLook theme”
(Emphases mine. Data taken December 13; I deliberately delayed publishing this post, to make sure what I saw wasn’t a temporary glitch.)
Merry Xmas WP; hope you’ll grow up sometime…
PS For another display of WP magic, see the notes on Kubrick at the end of this post.
Update Feb. 2014
WP ‘improved’ the legerdemain: the “~ blogs use the ~ theme” bit of info has been removed…