Hey there! Have you heard the exciting news? WordPress 6.2, also known as “Dolphy”, has just been released and it’s a BIG deal! And let me tell you, it’s not just any old release. This is the first major WordPress release of 2023, and it’s a big one.
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The Power of Collaboration and First-Time Contributors
Can you believe that 607 contributors from 50 different countries and 145 companies contributed to this release? That’s incredible! It’s a testament to the strength of the WordPress community and the power of collaboration.
But here’s the really cool part, 178 (30%) of the contributors were first-timers to the WordPress core. How amazing is that? It just goes to show that anyone can make a difference and contribute to this fantastic platform.
And speaking of contributors, let’s talk about Automattic. They are still the most prolific company with employees credited with no less than 1793 contributions. But don’t count out Yoast (712 contributions) and Whodunit (280 contributions) just yet!
And let’s give a round of applause to Bangladesh for coming in second with a whopping 65 contributors, the highest among South Asian countries. Bravo, Bangladeshi WordPressers! And a huge shoutout to WPDeveloper, the second biggest contributor with 35 team members involved.
I myself had the privilege of contributing to this release, and I’m proud to say that I was the only one from my country, Nepal.
But I’m not the only one who deserves credit. It’s worth noting that the United States and Automattic have consistently been at the top of the chart in terms of their contributions, alongside a few other significant players for the following few positions.
However, history has been made as a newcomer has risen to the #2 position for the first time. Thank you M Asif Rahman and Afshana Diya (CMO of WPDevloper), for motivating your team member to contribute and donating work hours for WordPress contributions.
I had a chance to chat with Afshana Diya, one of the team members at WPDeveloper. And she told me that they’re trying to motivate their employees to contribute because they believe that’s the way to inspire others and ultimately have more contributions from Bangladesh. They’re hoping to spark a contribution revolution in their country, and I think that’s a fantastic goal.
I couldn’t agree more. I’m truly inspired by what WPDeveloper and the Bangladeshi community have achieved. It gives me hope that we can all come together to make a difference and contribute to WordPress in our own ways.
Afshana added, “I want to promote our contribution to inspire other communities from different countries, how companies can motivate the community and all”.
Contributing to WordPress
Afshana’s words ring true! As community leaders and influencers, we have the power to inspire and encourage others to get involved in contributing to WordPress. And the best part is, it’s not as difficult as it may seem.
Best of all! Did you know that you don’t have to be a programming wizard to make a valuable contribution to WordPress?
That’s right! There are countless ways to get involved, from testing and reporting bugs to suggesting new features and more.
I remember my first contribution to the WordPress core. It was as simple as commenting code in a file. And the feeling of earning my core contributor badge? It was priceless!
That’s why I urge all company owners and WordPress leaders to encourage their employees and colleagues to get involved. So, let’s work together to make WordPress an even better and more user-friendly platform for website development.
And who knows, your next contribution could be the one that takes WordPress to the next level!
Recommended reading: An Open Letter to Matt Mullenweg