WordPress 6.1 « Misha » was released on November 1st, 2022. This version is named « Misha », after the ukrainian jazz pianist Michail Jefimowitsch Alperin.
I was involved in this release as Triage Lead and as a core committer. It was a pleasure to work with the release squad. A big thank you to that bunch of super talented people who worked hard to put together WP 6.1 ❤️
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 and 6.0. I did it again for WP 6.1, so we can have an eye on the relative “influence” of countries and companies on WordPress Core.
Before diving into WordPress 6.1 Core contributions stats, I wanted to share a few disclaimers, for better context:
- These stats were generated after the last Release Candidate of WP 6.1. 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 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 6.1 overall stats
800 people from at least 60 countries and 179 identified companies contributed to WordPress 6.1.
Worth noting that 288 people contributed to WordPress Core for the very first time! That’s around 35% of the total number of contributors!
The ratio of new contributors is a lot bigger than in previous releases, which represents quite a great onboarding ratio 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 956 contributions, and Russia comes 2nd with 588 contributions (still led by Sergey, the person who made the highest number of individual contributions on this version). France follows with 403 contributions, and Australia with 358 props. Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Poland, and India 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 127 people. India is still second (since WordPress 4.7) with 58 contributors.
For the first time, Bangladesh comes at the third place with 32 people, followed by UK with 28, Germany with 20 people, then Netherlands and France with 17 contributors.
USA still completely dominates the stats by number of independent contributors.
Company ranking by contributions
Automattic is still the most prolific company with employees credited in no less than 1977 contributions (by 94 contributors), and is followed by plugin editor Yoast with 740 contributions (by 16 contributors) and Whodunit French agency (359 contributions by 6 people). Next, we have international WP agencies like 10up (285 by 26 people), XWP (95) or Human Made (79), hosting companies like GoDaddy (204 contributions) or Bluehost (150), a freelancer (!) Advies en zo (105), and Google with 79 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 6.1 and the number of contributions of their employees.
Company ranking by contributors
Of the 180 identified companies that contributed to WordPress 6.1, Automattic had by far the largest number of contributors, with 70 people involved. 10up is the second biggest contributors with 26 people. WPDeveloper and Yoast come third with 16 people. Multidots come fourth with 13 people. Then, we have a group of companies with more than 5 contributors: WPEngine, Human Made, Whodunit, rtCamp, and AuthLab.
Individuals ranking – WordPress 6.1
Here is the top 30 of WordPress 6.1 contributors. You can also checkout the full table on this spreadsheet.
|jrf||105||Netherlands||Advies en zo|
|davidbaumwald||86||United States||Dream Encode|