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Every year, Inc. 5000 publishes a list with the first 5,000 companies in the USA that have experienced the fastest growth in the last three years. This study gives us a fantastic opportunity to see how popular WordPress is in these companies and contrast that with the general use of WordPress in the world, as we did in previous years:

On the one hand, according to BuiltWith, the use of WordPress in 2017 of the 10 thousand best websites is 30%. Not bad at all, huh?

CMS usage statitiscs by best 10K webs
CMS usage statitiscs by best 10K webs (Source: BuiltWith)

On the other hand, this year 2017 there are 54 of the top 100 companies in @inc5000 that have their websites in WordPress. That is, more than 50% of the fastest growing companies in the last three years use WordPress. Cool!

To show you a little bit what kind of businesses we’re talking about and the look of their websites, I compiled a list with the 16 WordPress websites of the top 30 in Inc. 5000. Hopefully, you’ll find the inspiration to set up one of the companies that will be featured in the 2018 report ?.



2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #1
3-Year Growth: 50,058%
2016 Revenue: $54,2 M

America’s fastest-growing company is the e-sports phenom Skillz. The mobile gaming streaming and competition platform provides a space for players to participate in tournaments and for fans to interact. It was co-founded in 2012 by e-sports fanatic Andrew Paradise. The company’s astounding 50,000% three-year revenue growth hit $52.4 million in 2016.

Skillz website
Skillz website

Skillz uses the customized theme  Bones Development developed by Michael Egan from Layertrade Design.


EnviroSolar Power

2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #2
3-Year Growth: 30,065%
2016 Revenue: $37,4 M

EnviroSolar Power installs and manages solar energy services in both residential and commercial facilities. Founded in 2012, the Fort Worth company provides a free home energy assessment to customers, and if solar energy is a fit, it helps clients install and maintain their systems. EnviroSolar posted 2016 revenue of $37.4 million in 2016.

EnviroSolar Power website
EnviroSolar Power blog

EnviroSolar’s blog uses the Good Energy WordPress theme designed by Themerex.


2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #9
3-Year Growth: 14,439%
2016 Revenue: $41,7 M

Greenspire was founded in 2013 with the goal of turning traditional houses into green ones. The company installs solar panels, provides insulation, and redesigns water systems to reduce waste. It also sets up home security systems and specializes in creating smart homes that can automatically limit power usage when no one is home.

Greenspire website
Greenspire website

The Greenspire website uses the Kallyastheme, whose author is Hogash.

Ion Solar

2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #24
3-Year Growth: 9,507%
2016 Revenue: $65,7 M

Ion Solar is a premium, full-service solar provider. They offer affordable solar solutions that allow their customers to enjoy the benefits of solar with little or no up-front costs. Their full service includes the design of the system, all required permitting, installation and inspection, and system maintenance, all for a fraction of the cost of traditional power and using all premium equipment.

Ion Solar website
Ion Solar website

The Ion Solar website uses a customized theme called Ion Solar WordPress Theme, developed by Adduco.

Legend Solar

2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #27
3-Year Growth: 9,222%
2016 Revenue: $29,8 M

Legend Solar was founded in 2011 and focuses on giving people the opportunity to own their own power source. Their services include the design, installation, and maintenance of solar energy systems.

Legend Solar website
Legend Solar website

Their website uses a customized theme develop by Rumor Advertising.

Consumer Products and Services

Club Pilates

2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #4
3-Year Growth: 21,319%
2016 Revenue: $26,8 M

Club Pilates Franchise is bulking up. The fitness company’s stated goal is to open 932 studios across the U.S. by early next year—and it’s well on its way to achieving that milestone. The Costa Mesa, California-based company reeled in $26.7 million in 2016 revenue, an uptick of 21,319% from 2013.

Club Pilates website
Club Pilates website

Club Pilates uses a theme based on  _s or underscores by Automattic.


2017 Inc. 5000 Rank:: #22
3-Year Growth: 9,934%
2016 Revenue: $29,3 M

GrowthPlay provides business consulting in the areas of staffing, messaging, and coaching to help companies grow revenue.

GrowthPlay website
GrowthPlay website

Their website uses their own fully customized theme.


2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #28
3-Year Growth: 9,204%
2016 Revenue: $11,4 M

Provides outsourced customer retention, customer service, back office support, and technical support services to government and commercial clients.

SaviLinkx website
SaviLinkx website

SaviLinx website is based on the Avada theme by ThemeFusion.

Advertising & Marketing


2017 Inc. 5000 Rank:: #8
3-Year Growth: 16,980%
2016 Revenue: $59,6 M

Liftoff is mobile marketing platform on which clients pay when users make a purchase or sign up for an account. Liftoff aligns its incentives with clients’ through its business model—that is, Liftoff doesn’t get paid unless you get results.

LiftOff website
Liftoff website

The Liftoff website uses a child theme of Runway Framework, whose author is Andy Wilkerson from Parallelus, Inc.

Financial Services

FormulaFolios Investments

2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #10
3-Year Growth: 13,926%
2016 Revenue: $17,2 M

FormulaFolio Investments is an algorithm-based money manager and software platform, catering to independent financial advisers who need a hand managing their business, as well as client investments. Investment adviser Jason Wenk founded the company in 2012 by building an algorithm that automatically rebalances portfolios and makes trades according to market analysis and a client’s investment goals.

FormulaFolios website
FormulaFolios website

FormulaFolios has its website based on a fully customized theme developed by the digital agency Impact .

Forward Financing

2017 Inc. 5000 Rank:: #15
3-Year Growth: 12,893%
2016 Revenue: $28,3 M

Forward Financing is a company based in Boston’s Financial district that strives to provide small business owners the financial access they need to capitalize and expand on their businesses with ease of mind. With a proven business model, and led by an experienced executive team, they’ve funded over 3,000 small businesses with working capital.

Forward Financing website
Forward Financing website

Forward Financing has a website that uses a child theme of the Jupiter theme developed by Artbees.

Logistics and Transportation


2017 Inc. 5000 Rank:: #12
3-Year Growth: 13,665%
2016 Revenue: $13,1 M

ShipHawk was founded in 2012 by Jeremy Bodenhamer and Aaron Freeman and offer a very powerful transportation management system (TMS). Jeremy was the owner of a pack and ship store and was frustrated by antiquated software and carriers’ inability to give customers accurate prices. Their goal is to give retailers, manufacturers, and distributors, large and small, B2B and B2C, across all product types, access to the tools they need to compete in an increasingly complex world.

ShipHawk website
ShipHawk website

ShipHawk uses in its website the Base theme by UpTreding.


Solera Specialty Pharmacy

2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #16
3-Year Growth: 12,503%
2016 Revenue: $59,2 M

Solera Specialty Pharmacy was founded in 2013 and specializes in dispensing prescriptions for patients with chronic illnesses such as HIV, Hepatitis C, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and rare genetic disorders.

Solera Specialty website
Solera Specialty Pharmacy website

Their website uses a fully customized theme.


Excel Impact

2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #19
3-Year Growth: 11,368%
2016 Revenue: $16,8 M

Excel Impact is an online marketing company founded in 2013 that provides insurance quotes from nationally-recognized insurance agencies, with a specialty in medicare, health, and life insurance.

Excel Impact website
Excel Impact website

Excel Impact website was developed using a theme developed by App Innovators.


The Penny Hoarder

2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #25
3-Year Growth: 9,395%
2016 Revenue: $20,5 M

The Penny Hoarder is a personal finance website that teaches people unusual ways to make and save money

The Penny Hoarder website
The Penny Hoarder website

Their website is fully customized.

IT Services

Spar Information Systems

2017 Inc. 5000 Rank: #30
3-Year Growth: 9,114%
2016 Revenue: $20 M – 50 M

SPAR Information Services delivers enterprise-class solutions in Big Data, Data Science, DWH & BI, Cloud and Data Management to enable a company’s decision prowess.

Spar Information Systems website
SPAR Information Systems website

Again, their website is based on a fully customized theme.

Will your website be the next one on this list? Let’s hope so!

Featured image by Brandon Green in Unsplash.

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