As we reflect on 2021 and prepare for 2022. I want to pose a question to you. What will you use WordPress for in 2022. And we'll talk about all of that as well as some of my favorite WordPress things from 2021. On today's episode, episode 30, one of WP review. Welcome to WP review, a show that provides analysis on what's happening in WordPress. And what it means for users and business owners in the ecosystem. This podcast is brought to you by GoDaddy pro, which you'll hear about later in the show. My name is Joe Kassab. Casabona and it is the last episode of 2021. And it's also the last fortnightly episode. This episode is moving to a weekly. Thanks to more generous support from our sponsor GoDaddy pro. Uh, so starting next week, starting in 2022, you will get me weekly. And a few things are changing because of that. This is going to be less of a news show and more. Uh, more think pieces, right? Um, this is something I said a few months ago, as I reflected on. What I wanted this show to be and what my role in the WordPress. Community is, and that's the main segment for today and we're going to skip. The top stories because it's been a slow week frost WP. Was acquired. By WP engine, which was pretty obvious. A month ago. Uh, when, when Nick, the other half of frost was, was hired by WP engine, it was only a matter of time. Right before. WP engine officially acquired frost. So that's the only news that I had written down, but that doesn't matter. Because we're talking about that's old news at this point. Uh, maybe the bigger news is, uh, I, I welcomed my third child into the world, our third child, my wife and I welcomed our third child. Abigail grace. She was born on Christmas Eve at 8:08 PM. And, uh, everyone is happy and healthy and doing well. Now, before we get into today's main segment, I do want to give you some picks of the year. Usually the picks are saved until the end of the show, but, uh, I want to end this show with a good and important question and this. Will not take too long. Uh, so lots of people are doing their awards and their picks and whatever, and these are not awards. These are just things that stood out to me as a WordPress user in 2022 in 2021, rather. So my picks of the year for theme. Cadence easily. And cadence blocks. I'll lump them together, even though Kadence blocks is technically. Uh, plugin. Uh, so cadence, cadence pro. And the whole suite of Canaan's products. I switched most of my sites. To cadence. In 2021 and I'm super happy with it. Uh, Kadence blocks is the closest thing you'll get, I believe to a, a page builder. Inside of the block editor or inside of Gutenberg. Uh, and their latest edition, uh, cadence conversions makes pop-ups really easy. So cadence. Has been an integral part of my own, uh, building strategy, I guess in 2021. It will continue to be into, into 2022. I don't know that I'm going to switch the only major holdout now is. Uh, the, how I built it website and that went through a fairly hefty redesign over the last year or so. And so I'm not sure if I'm going to just switch over to cadence because there is custom coding and stuff there. But I do plan to move away from BeaverBuilder on that site. And I'll be using cadence blocks for that. So it'll be a fun experiment to see if cadence blocks works with. Uh, works as well with other themes as it does with cadence, but my theme of the year, His cadence and cadence pro. For plugin. Automator WP. Uh, again, because it's been such an important part of my own strategy. When I launched my memberships. In January, I discovered that restrict content pro couldn't do. Uh, this really important thing I needed it to do, which was talk to Zapier. But automator, uh, WP did the automator plugin dead. And now, and it does a whole bunch of other stuff too. So. I upgraded my license. I installed it on how I built it as well as creator courses.com and my own personal website. And I'll be playing with it a lot more, but that. That plugin. Has saved me hours has made the process of becoming a creator crew member. So easy, especially when it comes to, um, making sure that members get access to my private podcast feed. So automator plugin for the win. That's my plugin of the year. There are runners up here, runner ups, runners up, uh, learn dash because of the leaps and, and, and the giant Stripe strides it's made in 2021, including getting bought by nexus. Uh, or salary WP, um, I think it falls under the salary WP brand, but that plugin it added subscriptions. Recently. And so now I'm wondering if I can ditch WooCommerce subscriptions. Uh, but that's a whole other thing. Uh, and then block Meister is another plugin that allows you to easily create block patterns without code. So shout out to that plug and those are my runners up. Uh, as far as, so there's all the last four categories here. I'll just run through really quick service app, as it relates to WordPress. Uh, newsletter and podcast. So a service RSS feed bin specifically because I have signed up for a lot of WordPress specific newsletters. Um, mostly because I wanted to see if anybody. Um, any, if any of them were covering me? Um, no, not really. I wanted to get news for this show. Um, but feed bin has been such a great. Tool for. Uh, setting up an email address to have those newsletters go to, and then just having it sent to my RSS reader. So. Uh, RSS, um, as I move into the podcast space more to, uh, you know, that's just. Podcast feeds our RSS. So RSS has been. Uh, really important to me. Uh, it feels like more this year than, than. And then in many years, So. RSS is my service of the year. App, as it relates to WordPress Ulysses, I've talked about Ulysses on this show. And how I that's where all of my writing goes and it integrates so well with WordPress. It even allows you to update. Posts now. So if you publish a post from Ulysses. You can also update it and it'll happen automatically, which is just fantastic. So Ulysses remains my favorite writing app. Newsletter post status. I love what Corey Miller is doing over there. Corey and Dave beset. And the rest of the team. They've really turned it up in 2021. And when post status hits my inbox, I, uh, I stopped what I'm doing. And I proved that newsletter. Uh, and they've, they've given me. A lot of love as well. Uh, they've. Uh, they've shouted out my podcast episodes and, and lots of other stuff. So. Thank you. To the folks at post status. And, uh, for promoting my work, but also for just putting on a great newsletter. And finally podcast WP builds. Uh, which has been very popular this year in the WordPress space, but. Uh, Nathan Wrigley specifically, I was on the show a bunch of times this year, and it's always. Uh, pleasure. When you go on a panel show. It. It could be a crapshoot. Right. And other panel shows I've been in or, or. Have been less pleasant, we'll say, uh, Nathan always keeps it clean. And positive. And it keeps you well-informed. There are no surprises. Uh, and they cover a lot of good ground. So WP builds. Uh, my WordPress podcast of the year. Thanks. Uh, to, to everybody for doing such great work this year, it's really felt, I don't know. It felt like a banner year to me in word, press. Even as I kind of slide out of WordPress specifically. Um, it felt like a banner year for me. So the theme, cadence, plugin, automator service, RSS app, Ulysses newsletter, post status and podcast WP builds. Those are my picks of the year. Uh, now let's get to the main topic, but before we do, I'd like to tell you about my friends at GoDaddy pro. 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A bit of a line I'm moving outside of the WordPress space while continuing to include WordPress as a crucial part of my content. It will be a secondary focus of the creator crew, where I'm going to show creators how to create consistently. And make money doing it. And WordPress is going to be a big part of that because that's where we'll build our platform. That's how we'll monetize our platform. But it is the secondary part. However it is the primary focus for my LinkedIn learning courses. I am already scheduled. To create LinkedIn learning courses through August, 2022. So we're, we're already talking about my next three or four courses. Which are largely focusing on WordPress and, and of the 10. In the library, eight of them. Nine of them. Our WordPress specific. So there are those things. And then there's this podcast. And my mission, as I've mentioned in previous episodes, The mission of WP review in 2022 is to help small business owners in the WordPress space grow beyond the WordPress space. And that might sound cynical. Right. There's no money in the WordPress space. Maybe you've heard me say that before. You've certainly heard me talk about how. People in the WordPress space undervalue. Their own work and other people's work. You got my thoughts on ACF. Uh, and you've heard my thoughts on lifetime and, and premium pricing and things like that as well. So through that lens, it might sound cynical. But it's crucial. Being in any bubble stifles growth. And getting other points of view is the antidote. I'm getting those points of view that has w that is what has shaped the mission of this show. Moving forward. Because I'm planning a workshop in March with my friend, Brittany. And she said, so what should we charge for this? And what should we charge for the VIP? Offering. And I said, are people going to get mad that we're charging them twice? And she said, no. And I thought that. Because of the way I've been conditioned by only really working in the WordPress space. So. Getting out of this bubble. Is the antidote to growing your business? I think. So I'm going to pose this question to you again. What will you use WordPress for in 2022. And I challenge you to think beyond just I'm going to build X with WordPress or I'm going to build Y, but for WordPress, I think WordPress specific spins on more general services like product hunt or you to me are bad. Uh, they're not going to be as good as the product hunt or the you to me or the whatever. But you can look for an episode on that in the near future. That's one of my main topics I'll be covering early in, uh, in quarter one of 2022. And, and further that's not even what I really mean. I don't mean, what are you going to build with WordPress in 2022? Here's what I mean? In the last episode, I talked about Cura Personalis that by the way, thanks to everybody who listened or read that. Uh, the article version of that episode, it was a very popular episode. I got a lot of really good thoughts from people. And, uh, so I talked about Cura Personalis, and part of the reason we here, a part of the reason I talked about that is that we hear a lot about how we should give back to WordPress. And we should give back to word, press. As long as WordPress is serving us, as long as we are. Served by word, press. What have you done for me lately? To quote, Janet Jackson. So how will WordPress serve you in 2022 might be a better question. How will you use it to advance your goals? Where does it fall in your strategy to put food? On your table. WordPress is a tool after all. Automatic uses it as a tool. Nexus and GoDaddy other hosting companies. Awesome motive. ACF and delicious brains. They are using WordPress. As a tool to advance their goals. Even the popular YouTubers, right? WP tuts and WP crafter. Yes, they're using WP in there helping people with their tutorials, but they are using WordPress to advance their own personal goals. So while I can say WordPress powers, all of my websites. That's not the answer to the question. What will you use WordPress for in 2022? My answer will be different. In 2022. I'm going to use WordPress to help creators generate income with their content. I'm going to use WordPress to turn aspiring developers into freelancers with tangible marketable skills. I'm going to use WordPress as a conduit. To reach as many creators and small business owners as possible. To show them that there's a whole world beyond WordPress and that world needs people to show them. How to leverage word, press. So I'll ask you one last time. What will you use WordPress for in 2022. Thanks so much for listening. Thanks to go, daddy. Pro for sponsoring this episode. 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