About the Project
The WordPress project is a meritocracy, run by a core leadership team, and led by co-founder and lead developer Matt Mullenweg. The team governs all aspects of the project, including core development, WordPress.org, and community initiatives.
Trusted contributors and core developers earn their stripes on more than just ability and actions. Leadership roles need to be earned on the basis of professionalism, personality, attitude, and respect among peers.
The best contributors naturally respect and subscribe to the project’s core philosophies. A lack of a personal agenda is paramount: we’re all a part of the same community, and we all share common goals. This doesn’t mean you can’t have an opinion, far from it. The best contributors can balance their opinion with the goals of the project and the perspectives of both users and developers. Offering consistently good suggestions, demonstrating a strong ability to collaborate with others, and being able to accept (and provide) feedback are all important.
You can identify these standards in some of our best core contributors, and that’s why they have strong influence over the project. Final decisions are made by the core team, which in turn has evolved over the life of the project based on merit.
The WordPress community is led via two main roads: the Internal Leads and the Community Volunteers. In many areas, such as UI and Support, the Community Leads are the driving force.
The WordPress Core Team
The WordPress project is led by the core leadership team, which consists of WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, five lead developers, the head of User Experience (UX), and the two core developers with permanent commit access.
The lead developers are Ryan Boren, Mark Jaquith, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, and Peter Westwood. These developers have final authority on technical decisions, and lead architecture discussions and implementation efforts.
Jen Mylo is the head of User Experience for WordPress, and acts as a project and community manager.
Dion Hulse, Daryl Koopersmith, and Jon Cave are permanent core committers.
WordPress has a number of contributing developers. Some of these are former or current committers, and some are likely future committers. Regardless, these are trusted and veteran contributors to WordPress core who have earned a great deal of respect among their peers.
As needed, WordPress also has guest committers, individuals who are granted commit access, sometimes for a specific component, on a temporary or trial basis. Helen Hou-Sandi, Aaron Campbell, Dominik Schilling, Drew Jaynes, Matt Thomas, Scott Taylor, and Sergey Biryukov are currently guest committers.
Other contributing developers include John Blackbourn, Michael Adams, Nikolay Bachiyski, Joseph Scott, Cristi Burca, Andy Skelton, and Samuel Wood.
The core and contributing developers only guide WordPress development. Every version, hundreds of developers contribute code to WordPress. These core contributors are volunteers who contribute to the core codebase in some way. All it takes is a single patch to make a difference.
UI and Design
User experience lead Jen Mylo leads a team of core contributors who work on the design and user interface of WordPress. Matt Thomas is the style lead for WordPress. Ben Dunkle is the icon designer.
The support forums are run by a team of volunteer moderators, who remove spam, handle disputes, and generally keep the peace. They are led primarily by a self-appointed team leader, and everyone is encouraged to jump in.
This handbook, and the Codex, are the primary sources of information for learning how to develop, improve, and troubleshoot WordPress. The handbook is curated by a small group of volunteers, while the Codex is open for anyone and everyone to edit.
WordPress applications for mobile devices are open source software, just like the project. There are six applications currently for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, WebOS, and Nokia platforms. WebOS and Nokia mobile application development has stopped, as the platforms are no longer supported.
The mobile development team consists of Isaac Keyet, Eric Johnson, Dan Roundhill, Jorge Bernal, Danilo Ercoli, and others. As the projects are open source, anyone can contribute.
Themes submitted to the WordPress Themes Directory are reviewed by a team of volunteers to ensure compliance with the WordPress.org theme guidelines. The team reps are Chip Bennett and Emil Uzelac, with Edward Caissie, Simon Prosser, and many other contributors working on developing standards and reviewing themes.
Plugins submitted to the WordPress Plugins Directory are reviewed by a team of volunteers to ensure they meet WordPress.org guidelines before being included in the plugin directory. The team rep is Pippin Williamson, with volunteers Scott Reilly, Samuel Wood, Mika Epstein, Kailey Lampert, Daniel Bachhuber, and Mark Riley (Reviewer Emeritus) reviewing plugins and developing standards.
Community Blogs and Communication
You can get core development updates from the teams above on the Make WordPress blogs, or follow the development process in a variety of other ways.