When you consider that there are is an enormous amount of alternative content manage systems available, this statistic speaks volumes about Word Press popularity.
That’s just “Word Press”, not “Word Press help” or “Word Press plugins” or anything of the sort.
If you do not want the update services to be pinged, remove all the update service URIs listed under "Update Services" on the Settings-Writing administration screen of your Word Press installation.
Certain web hosts - particularly free ones - disable the PHP functions used to alert update services.
You might be thinking that you already know just how popular Word Press really is.
Think again, because these 14 Word Press usage statistics may well give you pause for thought.