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WP 6.0 ”Arturo” Contribution Stats

WordPress 6.0 « Arturo » was released on May 24th, 2022. This version is named « Arturo », after the latin jazz artist Arturo O’Farrill.

This release is a follow-up to WP 5.9, and polishes the new Full Site Editing experience. It also introduces around 1000 bugfixes and enhancements.

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 and 5.9. I did it again for WP 6.0, so we can have an eye on the relative “influence” of countries and companies on WordPress Core.

Before diving into WordPress 6.0 Core contributions stats, I wanted to share a few disclaimers, for better context:

  • These stats were generated after the last Release Candidate of WP 6.0. Thanks to Jonathan 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 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 profile. Users with empty profile informations are not taken into account.

WordPress 6.0 Overall Stats

519 people from at least 53 countries and 134 identified companies contributed to WordPress 6.0.

Worth noting that 129 people contributed to WordPress Core for the very first time! That’s around 25% of the total number of contributors.

The ratio of new contributors is a bit lower than in previous releases, but it still represents quite a good onboarding ratio for an open-source project.

Overall contribution evolution across recent releases (click to enlarge)

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 ♥️

The USA is still number 1 by far with 591 contributions, and Russia is behind with 373 contributions (still led by Sergey, the person who made the highest number of individual contributions on this version). Australia follows, with 308 contributions (with Peter who was the Technical Lead of WP 5.9), overtaking France (280 contributions, with me as the second most prolific contributor after Sergey) and Poland (238 contributions). The United Kingdom, Georgia, Greece, Spain, and Sweden are following.

In short, contributions from USA are relatively declining in favor of a better repartition amongst other countries. I personally think it is a good thing for the project to have big contributors not all located in the US 🙂

Map repartition (click to enlarge)
Countries by number of contributions

Country ranking by number of contributors

Countries by number of contributors

Still, contributions are not everything. Let’s talk about contributors. Instead of counting contributions, can count the people who worked on this release (= number of people credited in Trac tickets or GitHub issues)… and we have the following results :

USA is still on the top of the game with 87 people. India is still second (since WordPress 4.7) with 33 contributors.

UK comes at the third place with 20 people, Bangladesh (best ranking ever) with 15 and France with 13 contributors.

USA still dominates the stats by number of independent contributors.

Map repartition (click to enlarge)

It’s interesting to note that some countries are in the top ranking with only a few contributors. For example, Georgia is in the top 6 of contributions, but the country has only one contributor, George Mamadashvili!

United Kingdom2002010.00
United States591876.79

Company ranking by contributions

Automattic is still the most prolific company with employees credited in no less than 1483 contributions (by 70 contributors), and is followed by plugin editor Yoast with 596 contributions (by 10 contributors) and Whodunit French agency (250 contributions). Next, we have GoDaddy (210), international WordPress agencies like 10up (152) and XWP (75), a freelancer (!) Advies en zo (58), and Human Made (46).

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 6.0 and the number of contributions of their employees.

Company ranking by contributors

Of the 134 identified companies that contributed to WordPress 6.0, Automattic had by far the most contributors, with 70 people involved. 10up and Yoast are the second biggest contributors with 12 and 10 people. Multidots come fourth with 9 people. Then, we have a group of companies with 4 to 6 contributors: rtCampHuman MadeBluehostWP Syntex (the company behind Polylang), GoogleXWP, WP Engine, and AuthLab.

Except for Automattic (and also Yoast), we can see that several companies with a huge amount of contributions have a very low number of individual contributors.

Advies en zo58158.00
Human Made Ltd46411.50
Dream Encode38138.00
Accessible WD26126.00

That’s the case for my employer, Whodunit, with 250 contributions, but only 2 contributors (my goal for 6.1 is to change this!). At the opposite, 10up for example has a quite great ratio of contributions/contributors.

Thank you to everyone who helped
to release WordPress 6.0.
Big or small, each of the above company contributes
to the Five for the future initiative 💙

Individuals ranking – WordPress 6.0

Here is the top 30 of WordPress 6.0 contributors. You can also checkout the full table on this spreadsheet.

hellofromtonya91United StatesAutomattic
get_dave89United KingdomAutomattic
spacedmonkey63United KingdomXWP
jrf58NetherlandsAdvies en zo
johnbillion43ItalyHuman Made Ltd
sabernhardt40United States
davidbaumwald38United StatesDream Encode

Noteworthy contributors

Below you’ll see the list of noteworthy contributors for this release. Please note that noteworthy contributors are people who took part of the release squad, + people with many contributions or people who contributed a lot of time to help the release to ship (they are nominated by the release leads).

Matt MullenwegRelease lead
Héctor PrietoRelease Co-coordinator
Anne McCarthyRelease Co-coordinator
Peter WilsonCore tech lead
Adam ZielińskiEditor tech lead
Greg ZiółkowskiEditor tech lead
Ahmed ChaionTriage lead
Colin StewartTriage lead
Nick DiegoCore Editor triage leade
Birgit Pauli-HaackDocumentation lead
Milana CapDocumentation lead
Abha ThakorDocumentation lead
Dan SoschinMarketing & Communications Lead
Piotrek BoniuTest lead
Brian AlexanderTest lead
Channing RitterDesign lead
Matias VenturaLead architect
Sergey BiryukovOver 350 props
Jb AudrasOver 225 props
George MamadashviliOver 200 props
Nik TsekourasOver 75 props
AndréOver 75 props
Tonya MorkOver 75 props
Dave SmithOver 75 props
Carolina NymarkOver 75 props
Daniel RichardsOver 75 props
Riad BenguellaOver 75 props
Francisco VeraHandled designs for the About page
Kjell ReigstadWorked on style variations for TT2
Femy PraseethHelped docs crew with creating all of the help hub tickets for this release
Ari StathopoulosOver 50 props
Glen DaviesOver 50 props
Jorge CostaOver 50 props
Joen AOver 50 props
Jonny HarrisOver 50 props
Marco CiampiniOver 50 props
Juliette Reinders FolmerOver 50 props
ramonopolyOver 50 props
Justin AhinonOver 50 props
Robert AndersonOver 50 props
John BlackbournOver 40 props
Aaron RobertshawOver 40 props
Carlos GarciaOver 40 props
Stephen BernhardtOver 40 props
Andrew SerongOver 35 props
David BaumwaldOver 35 props
Ben DwyerOver 35 props
Jonathan DesrosiersOver 35 props
Carlos BravoOver 35 props
Jeff PaulRelease advisor
Mary BaumHelped with About page, reviewing docs, + wrangling meetings for 6.0
Alex StineHas contributed immensely both in terms of PRs and reviewing PRs for accessibility

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