Interested in building your own website? In your search for the perfect web publishing software, maybe you might have heard of a tool called WordPress. Due to its open-sourced nature, many professionals and large companies use WordPress because they could modify the code as they see fit; adjust the tool to their vision, and get their message across.
In a nutshell, WordPress is the biggest and most popular web publishing tool in the world. From its humble roots as a mere blogging tool showing simple text pages, it is now used for big, commercial, and promotional websites with full-blown interactive elements filled with content.
If you are looking for inspiration, we rounded up a list of 40 big brand companies that use WordPress actively in 2021.
9to5mac is one of the largest websites focused solely on Apple, its updates, and its products. Their website features a design that adapts to your browser’s light or dark theme, interactive pictures that pop up when your mouse hovers over them, a clean strip of thumbnails that link to other articles, and social media widgets.
AMC is an American cable television channel with a heavy emphasis on theatrically released films, along with a limited number of original series. It had just recently adopted a streaming platform with interactive menus, thumbnails that pop out with borders when the mouse pointer hovers over them, and shows that are only accessible to VIP subscribers.
BBC America is another popular American television network that features a variety of movies and original series in the lifestyle, comedy, drama, and science-fiction genre, with a mix of live-action and animation, as well as nature documentaries. The BBC America website features a similar design with large featured thumbnails that pop up and a primarily-dark theme.
Bloomberg Professional Services
The Bloomberg Professional Service is a premium offering from Bloomberg which grants a plethora of apps and control to traders and investors alike. Their website has a menu themed in black color, with a looping video on the top and the main body with featured news transitioning to white. It also features a chatbot to help with website navigation.
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cPanel is one of the largest online GUI-based web management tools designed for multiple websites, domains, email, and server management. Despite the fact that their tools allow the use of WordPress’s advanced features, their own blog harkens back to WordPress’s more humble roots as a blogging tool, displaying simple text, and non-animated icons and thumbnails.
Etsy is an American e-commerce website. It focuses on handmade or customized items and crafts. These items fall under a wide range of categories, such as bags, clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, toys, tools, and art. Their site is simple and colorful, with smooth-flowing animated menus and a site-wide search bar for navigation.
Evernote is an app designed for taking notes (including images), drawing, pictures, organizing, task management, and archiving. It features synchronization between your mobile phone (via their own app) and your PC. Their website is simplistic and relatively two-tone, with the green color putting emphasis on points that may attract the most interest, like account creation and suggested plans.
Yes, even Facebook uses WordPress. The most popular social media platform uses WordPress to publish their news and announcements. The website is minimal, using a white and gray two-tone color, with a featured section for top stories and a blog list layout for news and announcements. It recently added more colors to its highlights after Facebook’s integration with Instagram.
Flickr is a popular image and video hosting service on the web. Its official blog was built with WordPress and has a simple and elegant look that has a persistent menu on the top with a semi-transparent opaque theme, a featured post section, and posts with static images in a 2-column layout.
Georgia State University
Even schools use WordPress! The Georgia State University website was also created using WordPress. It has a blue and white theme, a persistent menu on top that follows navigation, animated buttons and menus that change when your mouse hovers over, college testimonials, static images, and top stories, and organized events.
Glassdoor is a website that allows users to find jobs and allows employees to rate and review their companies, compare wages, review how companies perform job interviews, and post photos of their respective companies under the vision of transparency. Their website is mostly lightly themed with interactive icons showing different ways of searching companies and opportunities, adjusting wage levels, and company/job recommendation.
GoDaddy is the world’s largest and most trusted web domain registrar that allows users to buy a domain name for their website, along with having access to all the tools for website creation, maintenance, and management, such as email, security, and office suite access. The site is very neatly designed, with prices for domain suffixes shown at the top, and different services you can avail for your website.
Otherwise known as the Renault Group, they are a multinational automobile manufacturer that produces a range of vehicles like cars, trucks, and vans. Renault is known for its role in motorsports, such as rallying, Formula 1, and Formula E. Their website takes an interesting approach in that they also list the price of their stocks publicly, with persistent drop-down menus and colorful images.
Herald Sun is an Australian morning newspaper. Their website is mostly white-themed with a persistent menu and search bar on top, displaying the various topics and sub-topics hosted on the site, such as news and current affairs, education, entertainment, lifestyle, sports, and business. Like any newspaper, they showcase both local and world news.
Home Depot is one of the largest, if not THE largest home improvement retailer in the United States, with a strong retail presence in Canada and Mexico, supplying tools, construction products, and services. Their website is bright white and orange, with a persistent search bar, automated scrolling images showcasing deals, financing options, and product categories.
The IBM Careers Blog
The IBM Careers Blog features stories, updates, and achievements of the people employed by IBM, as well as featuring the numerous awards granted to them. Their site is very clean-looking, with a persistent top menu, a link to their social media accounts, various topics stacked in tiles, and a drop-down menu, letting you select various months and the updates that happened within.
Microsoft News is a news service that features news headlines and articles chosen by editors. Their website boasts a professional design, with the topics neatly arranged in tiles and each tile having striking subject titles. The menu on the top of the site includes sections for top stories, happenings in the local country, world, politics, money, technology, entertainment, opinion, sports, and crime, along with other miscellaneous stories.
MTV News is a music, movies, celebrity, television, style, and pop culture news hub designed for millennials, producing a mix of daily news articles, insider specials, live red carpet shows, exclusive music video, and movie premieres, as well as exclusive artist and celebrity interviews on-air, online, via mobile and across social media. Their website colors pop and images appear with a fade-in effect as you scroll down.
The New York Post
The New York-based daily newspaper New York Post has its official website on WordPress. It has a boxed layout with lots of content on business, entertainment, tech, media, etc. Their top menu inches out as you scroll down but pops back in as you scroll up, with thumbnails that feature high-resolution graphics and photo galleries.
Observer showcases stories of people and trends in a variety of topics, including politics, entertainment, arts, lifestyle, etc. Its official website was created with WordPress and had a boxed layout with a persistent top menu with slide-out categories emphasizing Arts, Entertainment, and Innovation, a search bar, featured posts slider, and a grid blog layout.
Sony’s top-selling game console has its own blog created in WordPress. Mostly dark-themed, you can find featured sections at the top with the latest games or PlayStation accessories, and entries on game updates complete with colorful thumbnails. There is also a console selector on top, a search bar, and links to their various social media sites.
Reader’s Digest was one of the best-selling consumer magazines in the United States for many years. Published in different formats such as physical media, online website, braille, digital, and audiobooks, this makes it one of the largest paid-circulation magazines in the world. Their website has a mostly clean design while having moving gifs as thumbnails for some of the topics instead of static images.
Skype by Microsoft is one of the most widely-used online communication tools in the world. Built on WordPress, their site uses a white and blue theme consistent with the product logo, buttons with soft, rounded edges, and large colorful thumbnails. Their main menu at the top allows you to host a meeting directly within the browser (provided your browser supports it), FAQs and download links to the program itself.
Sony is one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world and one of the market leaders in regards to music. Sony Music Entertainment Inc., their music division, is a global music company, and its website is also on WordPress. The site features a header slider to display the singers, artists, bands, featured videos, news, and their Twitter timeline.
Staples Canada Blog
Staples Canada is a Canadian office supply retail chain. It is the largest office supply chain in Canada. Their website, built on WordPress, features a box grid-like pattern and is a combination of a blog and a shopping site, with articles featuring a variety of products, stories with hyperlinks to the featured item, special deals, a cart, and a check-out option.
Sweden’s Official Website
TechCrunch is a popular online publication that features news around startups and technology. The TechCrunch website features a full-width content-focused design, large thumbnails, and large fonts. It announces how well a startup is doing, how much they made in funding, and doesn’t shy away from the more controversial topics such as cryptocurrency.
TED is an unbiased nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics. Their blogging website is particularly simple, with a large focus on the featured news, and smaller topics arranged in a tile as you scroll down their site.
The City University of New York
The City University of New York is the public university system of New York City. It is the largest urban university system in the United States, comprised of more than 20 campuses: from senior colleges to undergrads and post-grad institutions. Their website has a strong focus on leadership and the achievements of students, complete with photos and videos, as well as special programs and offerings.
The Harvard Gazette
Harvard University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States and among the most prestigious in the world. The Harvard Gazette is the official news outlet of Harvard University. Formerly a print publication, it is now a website. Their site employs various fade-in face-out and popping effects and the topics highlight innovation and discovery in teaching, learning, and research.
The Mozilla Blog
The Mozilla Foundation is an American non-profit organization that exists to support and collectively lead the open-source Mozilla project. Their blog uses a persistent menu on the top, with a combination of light themes and loud popping colors. It features news about the Foundation and its community, it also tackles topics on technology and security.
The Obama Foundation
The Barack Obama Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by former President Barack Obama. The Obama Foundation website was also built with WordPress. It has a focused, elegant design with a full-width header image, a menu on the left, articles with high-resolution photos and links to its social media feeds.
The Official James Bond 007 Website
The Official James Bond 007 Website brings you inside the world of James Bond, Agent 007. The website uses a simplistic white theme with popping high-resolution thumbnails, has featured articles regarding the various casts of each show, notable scenes per movie, podcasts, collaboration campaigns with other big brands, and a link to their merch shop. The bottom portion has links to their various social media feeds.
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog
The Wall Street Journal is a business-focused, international daily newspaper based in New York City. Its Law Blog covers the legal arena’s most important and interesting cases, the people behind them, and emerging trends in the broader industry. It has a formal design with a flat white theme and a live display on the top shows the worth of various Shares and foreign currency.
The Walt Disney Company
The popular Walt Disney Company runs its website on WordPress. The site uses a warm beige color and features a large featured image, the price of its shares, recent news and developments, and multiple sections including about, investor relations, careers, and philanthropy, all packed with high resolution, colorful thumbnails, with a link to its social feed at the bottom.
The White House
The White House’s website has a formal look with full-width featured news, a persistent top menu with a link to live events. The top of the site also houses links to their official Facebook and Twitter. A few articles arranged in a grid are placed by the middle of the site, as well as introductory pages to the current presidential administration.
Variety is an American media company that began as a newspaper in the early 1900s. Their website features entertainment news, music, updates on individual actors and actresses, film reviews, stories about awards, TV shows, and film festivals. It’s created with WordPress and has a magazine-style design to showcase top stories and categories.
Verizon Fios, or Verizon Fiber Optic Service, is a bundled Internet access, telephone, and television service that operates over a fiber-optic communications network with over 5 million customers. This WordPress-based website features an animated gif on repeat, a chatbot, a list of benefits down by the middle, with pictures of people enjoying the service. At the bottom are the services offered by Verizon, as well as social media feeds.
Yelp is an American public company that publishes crowd-sourced reviews about businesses using a rating system. It also operates an online reservation service. Their website synchronizes with google and has a warm, inviting appearance. The top will let you change locations, feature new businesses and their initial review and ratings, with older ones towards the middle, and topic selection by the bottom.
Do you know of any other Big Brands that use WordPress?
Whew! This was a long and exhaustive list, but that’s barely scratching the surface of which big companies that actively use WordPress in 2021. You can see there that even giants like Microsoft and Facebook use it. Do you know of any other brands that use WordPress on their site? Share your thoughts and sound off below!