More and more big name brands are using WordPress these days. It’s a powerful content management system with many different variations, including WordPress.org, WordPress.com and WordPress Multisite. The CMS has become so popular it now powers over 25% of the web, including websites owned by some of the largest corporations in the world.
This includes Fortune 500 corporations. The Fortune 500 is a list of the 500 largest companies in the United States. It’s published by FORTUNE magazine on an annual basis. The magazine uses public revenue data from public and private companies alike to organize its annual list.
It also publishes the Global Fortune 500 list, which lists the 500 largest companies in the entire world.
8 Big Name Brands That Use WordPress
This list is comprised of 8 big name brands from the Fortune 500 and Global 500 lists who use WordPress to power their websites and blogs.
U.S. Fortune 500 Rank: 31; Global Fortune 500 Rank: 95 (lower is better)
Microsoft is a technology company best known for producing the Windows operating system, the Microsoft Office suite of software and the Xbox console. The company was founded in the United States, but its products, especially its line of Windows operating systems, are used all around the world. The company achieved a total revenue of $93.6 billion USD in 2015.
The Microsoft News Center is a blog Microsoft runs to keep the public informed of the latest news, announcements and advancements surrounding the company and the field of technology in general.
The blog is powered by WordPress.org. Its implementation of the CMS has an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 from 25 votes, as of April 2016.
U.S. Fortune 500 Rank: Unranked; Global Fortune 500 Rank: 116
Sony is a major electronics brand founded and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company is best known for its electronic devices, such as the PlayStation console, but it’s also the owner of a major movie studio and music corporation. The corporation earned a total revenue of ¥8.215 trillion JPY in 2015.
The PlayStation blog is ran by a team of Sony Computer Entertainment America members. SCEA is a division of Sony Computer Entertainment. SCE is part of Sony’s gaming division. SCEA uses the blog to keep American PlayStation and gaming fans informed of everything that involves the console.
SCEA uses WordPress.org to power its blog. It has earned an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 from a whopping total of 1,503 votes, as of April 2016.
Sony Music Entertainment is an American music corporation with over 87 years of history. The corporation’s roster includes some of the world’s most iconic music artists, including Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and David Gilmour.
It uses the WordPress.org CMS to power its website, which includes pages to showcase its facts, figures and featured artists as well as a blog that features details of the corporation’s latest news.
The website has earned an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 for its use of WordPress. This rating has been calculated by a total of 75 votes, as of April 2016.
U.S. Fortune 500 Rank: 36; Global Fortune 500 Rank: 117
Target is a chain of over 1,800 department stores in the United States. It’s one of the country’s largest discount retailers, taking second only to Walmart. The company’s revenue reached over $73 billion USD in 2015.
Pulse by Target is a blog the Target Corporation started as a way to show Target candidates, ranging from entry-level store employees to corporate candidates, what it’s like working at the company.
The corporation uses the open-source CMS offered by WordPress.org to power its blog. It’s ran by a group of team members who openly share their experiences of working at Target.
The blog has earned an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 from a total of 58 votes, as of April 2016, for its implementation of WordPress.org.
U.S. Fortune 500 Rank: 47; Global Fortune 500 Rank: 168
The United Parcel Service is one of the world’s largest delivery services. The company is responsible for delivering over 15 million packages everyday to customers all around the world. It earned a total revenue of $58.232 billion USD in 2015.
upside is a blog by UPS. The company uses the blog to announce its latest news and details of environmental issues that relate to its company and the shipping industry in general.
It uses WordPress.com’s VIP service to power its blog. These services include premium cloud hosting, security, performance and scalability. This VIP service is also used by such companies as NBC Sports, TIME and CNN.
The company has received an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 for its implementation of WordPress.com. The rating has been calculated from 13 votes, as of April 2016.
05. The Walt Disney Company
U.S. Fortune 500 Rank: 57; Global Fortune 500 Rank: 214
The Walt Disney Company is one of the largest and most well-known entertainment corporations in the world. The company is known for its iconic movies, characters and theme parks. It earned a total revenue of $52.46 billion USD in 2015.
The Walt Disney Company website features everything anyone needs to know about the way the company operates from a business perspective. This includes financial reports for investors, details of the company’s corporate branch as well as the company’s views on the environment and philanthropy.
The company uses WordPress.org to power its website. Its implementation of the CMS has earned it an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5 from 80 votes, as of April 2016.
06. Best Buy
U.S. Fortune 500 Rank: 72; Global Fortune 500 Rank: 262
Best Buy is a chain of electronic stores throughout North America, though the chain has expanded into Europe as well. The company’s stores offer everything from consumer electronics to large home appliances along with tech support from Geek Squad. It has over 1,000 locations worldwide, and it earned a total revenue of $40.339 billion USD in 2015.
Best Buy has individual websites for every one of its 1,050 stores. Each of these websites display directions on how to get to each store, the average rating each store has from customer reviews, details of upcoming sales and more.
The store uses a WordPress multisite installation to power every one of these 1,000+ websites. The example below has a url of stores.bestbuy.com/577. Changing the number at the end of the URL will lead you to the website of a different store.
The company has earned an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 from 44 votes, as of April 2016.
U.S. Fortune 500 Rank: 77; Global Fortune 500 Rank: 279
Tesoro is an independent oil refiner based in the state of Texas in the United States. The company maintains a combined rated crude oil capacity of 845,000 barrels a day. It also operates over 2,200 retail gas stations, some under its own name and others under the names of Shell, ExxonMobil, ARCO and USA Gasoline.
The company earned a total revenue of $28.71 billion USD in 2015.
Tesoro’s website contains everything investors, customers and the public needs to know about the corporation. This includes its history and details about its corporate team, information on its customers and suppliers, details on how it handles environmental issues, and financial reports.
The company uses WordPress.com VIP to power its website. It has an overall rating of 2.5 stars out of 5 from a total of 106 votes, as of April 2016.
U.S. Fortune 500 Rank: 143; Global Fortune 500 Rank: Unranked
Xerox is an American corporation best known for its industrial-size office printers. The company’s researchers have also played parts in inventing such things as the desktop metaphor GUI, the computer mouse, elements of desktop computing and Ethernet. The company earned a total revenue of $18.04 billion USD in 2015.
The Xerox blog features daily posts designed to help businesses all around the world manage their day-to-day operations more efficiently. The super blog is home to several different blogs, including Simplify Work, HR Insights and Digital Printing Hot Spot.
The company has earned an overall rating of 2.5 stars out of 5 for its implementation of WordPress.org. This rating has been calculated by 12 votes, as of April 2016.
WordPress is a powerful CMS many corporations around the world gladly use, including these 8 Fortune 500 corporations. Each company uses the CMS differently, from simple blogs powered by WordPress.org and WordPress.com to complex websites powered by multisite installations.
Fortune 500 corporations aren’t the only companies who use WordPress. While they aren’t part of the Fortune 500, other worthy contenders include:
WordPress is a great option for any business website or blog, as you can see. If you or your client are interested in using WordPress to power your business website, check out our list of the 7 top corporate/business WordPress themes to use in 2016.