WordPress 6.2 « Dolphy » was released on March 29, 2023. This version is named « Dolphy », after the American jazzer pianist Eric Allan Dolphy Jr.
I was involved in this release as Tech Lead and as a core committer. It was a pleasure to work with the release squad. A big thank you to all the talented people who worked hard to put together WP 6.2 ❤️
As for previous releases, let’s have a look on a few stats about this release.
In the past, I already published some contributions stats for versions 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.9, 6.0 and 6.1. I did it again for WP 6.2, so we can have an eye on the relative « influence » of countries and companies on WordPress Core.
Before diving into WordPress 6.2 Core contributions stats, I wanted to share a few disclaimers, for better context:
- These stats were generated after the last Release Candidate of WP 6.2. Thanks to Jon who collected the props list for the release squad.
- These statistics only relate to Core contributions (= props gained for source code contributions) of WordPress. There is a lot of other types of contributions, not listed here: marketing, communication, translation, testing…
- To get these stats, I parsed the WordPress.org profile page of each contributor to get some public informations about them: country, employer, and wether they already contributed to WordPress Core or not.
- It includes both Core contributions on Trac and Gutenberg pull requests on GitHub.
- Those stats are based on what’s declared in each contributors’s wp.org profile. Users with empty profile informations are not taken into account.
WordPress 6.2 overall stats
607 people from at least 50 countries and 145 identified companies contributed to WordPress 6.2.
Worth noting that 178 people contributed to WordPress Core for the very first time! That’s around 30% of the total number of contributors!
The ratio of new contributors represents quite a great onboarding figure for an open-source project!
Country ranking by number of contributions
It’s interesting to see how much WordPress is a worldwide project. Contributions come from all over the planet ♥️
USA is still number one by far with 803 contributions, and Russia comes 2nd with 449 contributions (still led by Sergey, the person who made the highest number of individual contributions on this version). France follows with 303 contributions, and Australia with 241 props. Bulgaria, India, and Greece are following.
Country ranking by number of contributors
Still, contributions are not everything. Let’s talk about contributors. Instead of counting contributions, we can count the individuals who worked on this release (= number of people credited in Trac tickets or GitHub PRs)… and we have the following results :
USA is still on the top of the game with 91 people. Bangladesh overtakes India for the first time with 65 contributors (and 49 for India).
These countries are followed by Germany with 18, then France and United Kingdom with 14 contributors.
USA still completely dominates the stats by number of independent contributors, and by number of contributions (props count). Contributors from Bangladesh and India also have a great number of people involved, but not so much props.
Company ranking by contributions
Automattic is still the most prolific company with employees credited in no less than 1793 contributions (by 82 contributors), and is followed by plugin editor Yoast with 712 contributions (by 11 contributors) and Whodunit French agency (280 contributions by 4 people). Next, we have the international WP agencies 10up (244 contributions by 18 people), hosting companies like GoDaddy (156 contributions) or Bluehost (111), a freelancer Advies en zo (130), and Google with 110 contributions.
Worth noting that major stakeholders can still be categorized in three sorts of companies: agencies, plugins/themes editors and hosting companies. And of course, well… Automattic 😜
In the graphic below, you’ll see all the company credited in WordPress 6.2 and the number of contributions of their employees.
Company ranking by contributors
Of the 145 identified companies that contributed to WordPress 6.2, Automattic had by far the largest number of contributors, with 82 people involved. For the first time, WPDeveloper is the second biggest company in terms of contributors, with 35 people. 10up comes third with 18 people. AuthLab and Yoast come fourth with 11 people. Then, we have Multidots and rtCamp, with more than 6 contributors.
Individuals ranking – WordPress 6.2
Here is the top 30 of WordPress 6.2 contributors. You can also checkout the full table on this spreadsheet.
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