The WordPress community is powered by so many impressive individuals who not only contribute, but get others excited about contributing as well. This list honors and is dedicated to them. If you believe anyone belongs on the list, leave your recommendation in the comments below so we can add them to an upcoming list. Also, if there are any errors below, let us know and we can update the list accordingly.
Top 99 WordPress Influencers of 2015
Mark is a Lead Developer of WordPress. He makes his living as a web publishing consultant to everyone from individuals to startups to established media companies. His personal goal is to bring intuitive, low-cost web publishing to everyone who has anything to say.
Lorelle is an avid blogger and educator with a passion for UX, social media and online business. She created and edited more than 600 articles on WordPress Codex, produced hundreds of websites for her clients and wrote 4 books. She is currently a professor at Clark College and Portland Community College where she teaches students WordPress.
Helen is 10up’s first full-time employee and Director of Platform Experience. She is a WordPress core committer and the release lead for WordPress 4.0. 10up enables Helen to contribute to the WordPress open source software project full-time.
Carl is a partner at Rocketgenius, the group known for creating Gravity Forms. He got started with WordPress in 2008, and primarily used it to build client web sites while he was doing custom web design and development for clients.
Dan is the co-founder of WPCurve, a business dedicated to helping business owners maintain their WordPress-powered operations with support, maintenance and request for small jobs. Dan also co-founded Helloify, a messaging function, and wrote a book, "Content Machine."
Tony is the co-founder and CEO at Sucuri Inc., a company that builds cloud-based security technologies and service that every website can utilize. He is a former Marine Corps veteran, having done two tours in Iraq between 2002-2005 with a total in-country time of about 2 years.
Troy is an online marketing speaker, coach, consultant and podcaster. He is also a professional voiceover artist and voiced campaigns for hundreds of brands including Ford, Telstra, ANZ, Hungry Jacks, Mitsubishi, AFL, Cricket Australia and Cadbury.
Siobhan is a writer, editor, event organizer, WordPress contributor, public speaker and free software advocate. Her current project is a book about the history of the WordPress project. She contributes to the WordPress core software and organizes WordCamps. She writes for Smashing Magazine and appears on WordPress.tv.
Ryan is the founder of WP Site Care. He is also a WordPress freelancer and theme builder. He started working with WordPress as a freelancer in 2009, and now has a small team of six where his team provides WordPress support and build WordPress themes.
Lester currently works for Tech in Asia as The Tech Guy in-charge of the development and scaling of Tech in Asia and its subsidiary sites. He is the creator of WP-Polls, WP-PostRatings and WP-DBManagera WordPress. He is also a plugin developer who contributed 23 WordPress plugins with more than 14 million total downloads.
Mike is the co-founding developer of WordPress, which he started in 2003 with Automattic's Matt Mullenweg. Currently, he offers a variety of services ranging from consultancy to training to web developing. He is the co-author of "Building Online Communities With Drupal, PhpBB, and WordPress" and runs his own business, zed1.com.
Adam is the co-founder of FooPlugins. He is also a web business consultant and Internet marketing coach who specializes in WordPress and WordPress Multisite. In the past, he's worked with The Ritz-Carlton, Busch Entertainment Corp., and Amazon.com.
Becs is an email marketing consultant at Rivett-Kemm Consulting Ltd. She's worked for several large eCommerce retailers and has freelanced for a number of agencies. She eats, sleeps, and dreams about every aspect of email marketing.
John is the Senior WordPress Engineer at Human Made. He previously worked at Code for the People (now acquired by Automattic) and WordPress VIP. He is a WordPress core committer and was the release lead for WordPress 4.1.
Remi is a WooThemes support technician at WooThemes/Automattic. He develops plugins and themes for WordPress that he sells on CodeCanyon. He also created add-ons for Easy Digital Downloads, WP Job Manager and WooCommerce.
Tom co-founded Human Made with Human Made's CTO, Joe Hoyle. At the company, Tom manages overall company direction, project management and client relationships. When he's not coding for clients he likes to contribute back to the Open Source community.
C. Bavota (whose real name is not just "C") is a premium WordPress theme developer who built a WordPress theme for WooCommerce. He started freelancing full time as a programmer back in 2007. He wanted to share everything he learned, all in hopes that others might benefit from all of his trial and error, and started bavotasan.com.
Devesh is a WordPress developer and part-time blogger. He's the founder of WordPress Kube, a WordPress Resource blog which focuses on daily news, themes, tutorials, plugins, tips and modifications. He is a former software development engineer II at Amazon.
Leland is a domainer, web developer, WordPress coder, writer, and speaker. He runs the online community WP Chat, sells WordPress plugins at Pluginferno, makes WordPress themes at Metrocraft and co-organizes the WordPress DC meetup.
Austin is the CEO of Alley Interactive, a group that provides consulting and web development expertise to the media, education and entertainment industries. Prior to working at Alley, he worked at About.com and was the lead developer for The Economist's website.
Yaron is the co-founder and Chief Software Architect at Crypteron, a cloud security company, and the director of technology at Trestian, a web development, digital design and marketing group. He is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in computer science.
Tom is the founder at leaveworkbehind.com, wordcandy.co and beginnerblogging.net. The three blogs respectively address making money online, blogging solutions for WordPress businesses and learning to blog without coding.
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