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Marvel’s got Superman and Batman.

DC’s got Ironman and Spiderman.

It doesn’t matter that we got the world’s mixed up. What matters is that these superheroes have defined and kept these universes alive and our interests hooked for many decades. Without these names, both these legendary media franchises are nothing, and so is the case for something as vastly different as WordPress.

While WordPress on the surface may not be as fascinating as Superman and Hulk, it’s interesting enough to be powering more than 34% of the internet, and that’s something.

And WordPress’s popularity and functionality isn’t cropping out of nothing. There are superheroes out there who’ve taken Stan Lee’s… err… Matt Mullenweg’s creation to the next level and are now keeping its flag flying high.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the influencers who’ve done their bit to make WordPress what it is today. If you do, your WordPress journey will be filled with insights and understanding of how to succeed using the power of the world’s most famous CMS. And remember, following them is like following your favorite superhero because they keep us informed and entertained all the time. 😉

Chris is a public speaker and a blogger. He is a WordPress evangelist and product strategist. He also runs CaboPress and is the VP of Product at Liquid Web.

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi is a Pakistani American Entrepreneur who is known for his work on a popular WordPress resource, WPbeginner. He is also a contributing writer at Huffington Post and Entrepreneur. He is also the founder of List25.

Ivica Delic

WordPress influencer with the biggest passion for learning and teaching about WordPress plugins, on-line tools, browsers, desktop/mobile applications, and SEO.

Joost De Valk

Joost De Valk is the founder of the popular WordPress SEO plugin, Yoast. He is a specialist in the field of SEO, WordPress and Web Development. He is also a public speaker and has spoken at popular conferences like Search Engine StrategiesSearch Marketing ExpoSASConA4UExpo and WordCamps.

Chris is a web designer and a developer. With 10 years of experience, Chris built CSS Tricks, a website dedicated towards web designing. He is also the co founder at CodePen, it provides a social environment for front end web designers and developers.

Brad works at WebDev Studios, Maintainn and Pluginize. He is an author of many professional WordPress series. Brad also co organized WordCamp Philadelphia and WordCamp US.

Jeff is a professional designer, developer, author and publisher. He has worked with Perishable Press, Tao of WP, DigWP, .htaccess made easy, and plugin planet.

Troy Dean is the founder of WP Elevation, a popular WordPress podcast for WordPress consultants. He is also an online marketer, and specializes in training businesses on how to attract new customers.

Tom blogs about software development and WordPress. He has a huge social media following mainly because of his WordPress knowledge and his engagement with his followers.

Brian Messenlehner

Brian is a US Marines software developer. He is the founder at WebDev Studios. He also works with mobile apps with WordPress and App Presser. Brian is also associated with BuddyPress and WooCommerce.

Chris Burgess

Chris is a web and technology enthusiast from Melbourne, Australia. He enjoys presenting on technical topics to various user groups. He helps run the Melbourne WordPress user meetup and Melbourne SEO meetup.

Justin Tadlock

Justin is the owner of Theme Hybrid and co-reviewer at Theme Review. He is also the co-author of professional WordPress plugin development.

Deborah Edwards is the owner of Liero Design, a web design and development company in Canton, Michigan. She is a front end web developer who uses WordPress to create beautiful websites.

Andy McIlwain works on content and community projects at GoDaddy. Prior to that he was a web specialist and provided project consulting, training, support and contract development work.

Adam is the co-founder at FooPlugins, a popular WordPress plugin development company. He is a WordPress Evangelist at SiteLock and also runs a WordPress agency, succeedwithwp.

Corry is the founder at iThemes, Backup Buddy, iThemes exchange, and iThemes security. He is also the co founder at The Div. Inc, which is a non profit organization aimed at providing web development training to the youth.


Lisa is a co founder at WebDevStudios. She provides leadership, management and the vision necessary to sustain the business. Prior to that, she was a freelancer providing custom WordPress design and development services.

Mark is a lead developer on the WordPress web publishing platform. He is a web publishing consultant providing his services to everyone ranging from startups to huge media companies.

Jason is a WordPress website developer. He hosts seven WordPress podcasts and has over 10 years of experience in podcasting. He has been associated with CommunteCast, TuckerTales, Geekfit, WPwatercooler, WPblab, WPshowandtell and Hallway Track.

Bill is a WordPress developer and an entrepreneur. He has been developing with WordPress since 2006. He has written 19 WordPress plugins which have been downloaded 859,813 times. He is also a spokesperson and has spoken at 13 WordPress conferences.

Thomas is the co founder at Optin Monster. He is a WordPress developer and loves building cool things on internet. Thomas is also the man behind Soliloquy, Envira Gallery and Singing Platform.

Mike Little is the co-founder at WordPress and founder of, a WordPress specialist company that provides web development, training, and consultancy.

Ben Gillbanks makes WordPress themes and is a renowned WordPress developer in the WordPress community. He is the owner at Pro Theme Design. He has also worked previously as the director of web development at Miniclip.

Brin has been associated with WordPress for a long time. He is the founder of WinningWP, a website dedicated towards providing WordPress tips and tutorials to WordPress geeks.

Mike Jolley

Mike is a lead developer at WooCommerce. With extensive experience of 5 years, Mike has keen interest in WordPress development. He is also the developer behind the popular plugin, WP Job Manager.

Tammie Lister

Tammie is a UX designer at Automattic and has been associated with WordPress for over 15 years. Her interest lies in web development, Buddy Press and front end development

Peter Westwood

Peter is a WordPress lead developer and has been working with Automattic since 2010. He has contributed towards WordPress for over 12 years and is currently working on Big Data for WordPress.

Siobhan McKeown

Siobhan is a WordPress writer who has covered WordPress in immense depth over the years. She owns WordPress for WP, a copy writing company that is dedicated towards WordPress.

Lee Jackson

Lee is a lead WordPress developer and owns a WordPress development company. He has extensive WordPress experience and his consultancy is often in high demand. He also does WordPress podcasts for designers and is currently a Cloudways ambassador.

Stefania Mattana

Stefania has worked within different domains of WordPress and digital marketing. She is currently working as happiness engineer at Automattic. Stefania is an author, blogger, and an SEO executive.

Dipak Gajjar

Dipak is a full stack WordPress developer and has worked as a freelance consultant and server admin. He own CodeUp Studios, a WordPress agency. Other than WordPress, he also has experience in Magento, Drupal, JavaScript, etc.

Alice Elliott

Alice has a huge social media following as a WordPress influencer. She is an award winning blogger for her blog fairy blog mother. She provides training on blogging with WordPress. She is also a WordPress designer who designs blogs and websites.

Tom Willmot

Tom is the co founder of Human Made, a WordPress agency, where he is the CEO as well. He is a WordPress geek and has previously worked at Rufflr Limited as an adviser. He is also the director at Happytables.

Brian is the chief in charge of inbound marketing at Kinsta, a popular WordPress hosting provider. He is into SEO and is also a blogger at Brian is a 360 degree WordPress guy as he is also a developer at WP Coupons and perfmatters.

Matt is the head of support and community outreach at WordImpress, the company behind the popular donation plugin, GiveWP. He is the admin of the well followed Facebook group, Advance WP.

Adam is a WordPress enthusiast who has been giving back to the WordPress community through his teaching. He is a WordPress podcaster and the founder of KitchensinkWP, a popular weekly WordPress podcast. He also the founder of ConciergeWP.

Mario is the founder of DevriX, a WordPress maintenance platform. He also provides digital consultancy to SMEs. He is a WordPress contributor and an Inbound certified as well.

Jenny is associated with Human Made as senior product manager. She is an active member of the WordPress community in France and abroad. She is also the organizer of WordCamp Paris and WordCamp Europe.

Brian is the editor at Post Status, a website for WordPress professionals. He also works at Commerce Notebook which is a website for ecommerce enthusiasts.

Petya is the senior project manager at Human Made. She is also the communication leads at Polyglots team. Petya is also the organizer at WordCamp Europe.

Misha Rudrastyh

Misha is WordPress expert who is passionate about beautifully crafted WordPress websites. He also develops plugins and some of the notable plugins by Misha are Instagram widget and shortcode, MailChimp sync for user roles and WordPress meta boxes.

Okay, so that was a comprehensive list of must-follow WordPress influencers. Whether you have an online store, a simple blog, or you’re looking to launch a business on WordPress, following these people will give you all the guidance you need for quick success.

So what are you waiting for? Get theme on your Twitter feed and start interacting with them!

Oh, and even though there are dozens of high-profile names on the list, there’s a possibility that we might have missed out on heroes that keep the WordPress lantern. So if that’s the case, please don’t flip out on us; we’re humans after all and sometimes our research isn’t perfect.

What you can do instead is email me at to let me know which influencer I’ve missed out on and I’ll take it from there.

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