Year in Review

With WordCamp US 2020 cancelling its virtual event, and many other WordCamps not happening now through 2021, the WordPress community needs something to help fill the void.

WordPress: Year in Review is designed do to just that.

The SiteGround group and me at WordCamp US 2019

While it can’t replace WordCamps, my goal is to put out helpful information and tutorials that you might find at a WordCamp.

What to Expect

This will be a multi-faceted content project that includes:

  1. An eBook that goes over how WordPress and the WordPress Ecosystem has changed in the last year (outline coming soon)
  2. An interview series with WordCamp speakers on the How I Built It podcast, as well as in its own feed (Apply here now through Aug. 31).
  3. A video tutorial series focused on things you can do with WordPress thanks to changes made in 2020.

Each content project will be a collaborative effort, where I get feedback or work with others in the community.


August 21, 2020
Launch this site!

Step one is to let everyone know the project is happening.

August 21, 2020
September 3, 2020
Schedule Podcast Interviews

The application for potential interviewees closes on Aug. 31st. Then the speakers will be chosen.

September 3, 2020
October 25, 2020
Launch Interview & Video Series

These series will go live the same week WCUS was supposed to happen

October 25, 2020
November 1, 2020
First Draft Done

This is subject to a State of the Word, but the first draft of the book will be done by November and sent for editing.

November 1, 2020
December 1, 2020
Final Draft Ready to Send

The final draft of the ebook is done (subject to 5.6) and will be released- to backers first of-course! The print edition will arrive shortly after.

December 1, 2020

Who’s Behind This?

“Don’t let Joe Casabona’s Master’s Degree in Computer Science intimidate you; he is a passionate and approachable guy.”

Someone said this about me. It’s very nice.

I started my career almost 20 years ago as a freelance web developer and have been a team lead, system admin, and was even a faculty member at my alma mater. I’m also an educator and podcaster – and importantly, I’ve been using WordPress for 16(!!) years. It’s been an important part of my work and my career. I have lifelong friends thanks to WordPress.

When I’m not creating courses for LinkedIn Learning, you can find me spending time with my family, enjoying baseball, or talking too much about Star Wars.

If you want to say hi, find me on Twitter or Instagram. I’m @jcasabona on both! My personal site is Casabona.org

I Need Some Help
Pulling This Off

A lot of work is going into this fantastic resource, recapping 2020 for WordPress – both the software and the ecosystem. I want to make it available for everyone who wants to read it at no cost, but that means I’ll need to find some financial support.

Crowdfunding (powered by GiveWP, of-course) seems like the best way to go. Funds will go to costs associated with:

  • Producing the podcast (editing, recording tools, transcripts)
  • Making the videos (captions)
  • Writing the eBook (time, hiring an editor, and graphics that need to be designed, putting it in the right format for eBook and print-on-demand)
  • Compensating contributors

Here are the various levels:

Show your support for the project
  • Your name printed in the eBook
  • Progress Updates
  • Behind the scenes content.
Early Access
Be the first to see new content
  • Everything at the Support Level +
  • Early Draft of the book
  • Early Access to interviews/videos
  • eBook of Podcast Transcripts
Get an actual physical book!
  • Everything at Early Access Level +
  • A printed copy of the book

There’s also a special Small Business Level. $100 for everything in the IRL pledge, plus your logo in the book and a link on the site.