Welcoming two new WordPress Core contributors

I’m happy to welcome two new members to team Yoast, who will spend their time making WordPress core better. Justin Ahinon and Ari Stathopoulos are both joining our ranks. This means they’ll have even more time than they already did to spend on making WordPress better for everyone. All of this in line with our core values of sharing and collaboration and making the web better.

A little while ago we made it known in the WordPress community that we were looking for a couple of new WordPress core contributors to join our team. We had a number of great applications, but Ari and Justin really stood out. Let me introduce them to you:

Meet Ari Stathopoulos

Ari got a strong recommendation from several people in the core community. He has a long history in the WordPress world, is active in the Themes team and well, he checked all the boxes. When I asked Ari why he was excited to join our team here at Yoast, this was his answer:

I’ve been a fan of Team Yoast for years… It is a team striving to improve things for everyone building an online presence, a team committed to open-source with strong principles.

Joining team Yoast will allow me to work alongside people with the same passions and drive as I, towards a common goal: Making life easier and better for everyone online. I’ve always thought of Yoast as a company with a holistic approach to SEO, and an understanding that accessibility and sustainability on the web are important, a true pioneer. Having the opportunity to work with a team like that is exciting!

You can find Ari on the WordPress Slack, or learn more about him on his WordPress profile.

Meet Justin Ahinon

Justin is a prolific member of the documentation team. If you ever read make.wordpress.org, the site to follow all core development, you’ll have seen some of his posts. Recently he coordinated the documentation for the WordPress 5.5 release, a hugely important task that we’re very happy to support him doing. I asked him the same question as Ari, and his answer was:

I knew that Yoast was a company that was committed to giving back to the WordPress project and advancing the community. This information alone put Yoast in the places where I wanted to work, because it’s also something that’s close to my heart. Plus, after reading the description of the position I applied for, I immediately felt like it was a role I would be comfortable in.

I just had to take this opportunity to join this wonderful team.

You can find Justin on the WordPress Slack, here’s his WordPress profile.

We look forward to improve WordPress further with these two gentlemen joining us. But, even with these brand new colleagues and our new team lead Francesca Marano, we have not yet fully completed our hiring goals. So… If you or someone you know would be a good fit, check these developer openings!

Coming up next!

16 Responses to Welcoming two new WordPress Core contributors

  1. Md Matin
    Md Matin  • 4 years ago

    Ari And Justin are both skilled people on WordPress & Yoast. We are proud of them. Hopefully, we will get something better from them that will help us move forward.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment! We’re also very proud to have them in our team :)

  2. George
    George  • 4 years ago

    Thanks for creating such a fantastic product. Yoast has been my steady companion since I started blogging. Good to hear that you will improve it even more.
    All the best,

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 4 years ago

      Thank you for staying with us, George! We’ll definitely keep working on improving our products and contributing to the community, and we’re super happy that Justin and Ari can now help us do that :)

  3. indal
    indal  • 4 years ago

    Nice article!

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 4 years ago


  4. Morgan
    Morgan  • 4 years ago

    congratulations team yoast, congratulations also for them. keep continue to making the web better.

    -from one of 5+ millions yoast user

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 4 years ago

      Thank you, Morgan! We definitely will :)

  5. Desentupidora Santo Amaro
    Desentupidora Santo Amaro  • 4 years ago

    Yoast is undoubtedly the best

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 4 years ago

      That’s great to hear! Thank you! :)

  6. Bökönyi Norbert
    Bökönyi Norbert  • 4 years ago

    Congratulation to Ari and Justin! We love Yoast plugin and SEO!

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 4 years ago

      Thank you for your kind words, Bökönyi! :)

  7. Web Me Tools
    Web Me Tools  • 4 years ago

    That really good, Yoast is always 1 step ahead.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 4 years ago

      Thanks for your support! :)

  8. Rose Mave
    Rose Mave  • 4 years ago

    Thanks a lot for a SUPERB post 👍.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 4 years ago

      You’re welcome, thanks for a superb comment!