Biggest WordPress News Story of 2021
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Post status just doing something special for the end of this year, we would like you to leave a 32nd or less video or audio message here in zip message About what single story in 2021 this year was the biggest or most influential and wordpress, it doesn't have to be reported by a wordpress media source, but it should relate in some ways to wordpress.
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I wanted to talk about what I thought was the most important WordPress story of the year, and I think it was shock a lot of people, but it won't.
And that sort of community, our community has had a really rough go this year between Gutenberg mergers and acquisitions and the fraction ng in our community.
Do the other issues, like the usual WordPress com versus wordpress dot org And depending on who you talk to, the belief that Automatic is doing the right thing or the wrong thing, I think we have a lot of work to do within our own community.
And I think this is the whole future of WordPress and it's the whole future of open source.
And that's why it's the number one issue we face today.
And that's the problems in our own community.
And it seems the issues never change and nobody ever looks at the people causing the issues instead of realising that we need to keep building the community.
And one of those reasons and it's been hard to do without word camps in the pandemic is to keep building are online communities whether they're on Twitter with their on Facebook.
Whether it's the new WordPress product community I'm involved with in LinkedIn, we need to keep building those communities and we need to work really hard at it.
And that is the biggest story.
And that's the future of WordPress.
Thanks for listing Happy New Year by toxin
I was the director of customer success and give WP at the time and give WP joined the Liquid Web family and was under became under the umbrella of our software, which is stellar.
WP, I was the director of customer success Forgive and I am the director of community engagement for Scholar W P.
I get to do lots of fun things with that, including the work that I do at post status, um, and being on the team, they're contributing in many ways.
And, uh, what I do in big One chart, et cetera.
So that was pretty big news for me.
And it opened up a whole new world of possibilities and allowed me to do many things like attending the state of the word.
So yeah, that's what I would say.
Um, I do realize affects me personally.
Um, and acquisitions in general were very big this year, but give the VP for me was the biggest one
I'm blacks have a back end engineer at Web Dev studios.
Uh, for me personally, I like theme dot Jason.
Or like the full security experience, uh, kind of a game changer.
What? I would say, uh, because I started in 2010 and where you have to create templates and other stuff, you know? You know, it takes time to do, but now it's all in a single file.
That was a meat potatoes deep dive into the current state of the editor, which, as it continues to evolve, will be the experience for Tens and 10s of millions of site users.
Yeah, I think that got my most most attention out of me, and I'm a little bias page.
He was mentioned mhm
I'm hearing them in podcast.
I'm seeing them on YouTube, and it's fantastic to see a whole new cohort of people supporting the community and bringing in fresh ideas and fresh perspectives.
So I applaud everyone, really stepping it up in WordPress as my number one news item for 2021.
And, by the way, David short form community contributed content.
This is a fantastic idea
The piece of news that I'd like to mention from 2021 is something which affected me.
It was the acquisition of advanced custom fields.
Elliott Condon handed over the reins to the team at Delicious Brains earlier in the year, and it's a plug in that I've basically got on every website that I've built more or less in WordPress.
So it was very personal to me.
It meant a lot.
The news was a piece of news, which, in a way, kept on giving because although the initial story came and went and people were interested to know whether delicious brains would be good, custodians of the plug in the news just kept coming back around because of subsequent emails, which the delicious brains team sent out and the confusion, Let's put it that way.
That was caused as to whether or not they were going to honour the lifetime pricing.
And I believe that that happened a couple of times, anyway.
Fabulous plug in, and I hope that it carries on strongly into 2022
And I think the biggest story in Wordpress in 2021 was the delay of the release of Wordpress 5.
9, I think since five point oh, we've seen uh seemingly Arbitrary deadlines get pushed even when features haven't been fully ready.
We've seen features get put into release candidates, even though there should be a feature freeze then.
And I feel like 5.
9 is a turning point where we don't push out the release until the core features, the main headline features are ready and that is good for the development team and it's good for the end user, which is ultimately the goal
See all this is a talent acquisition Mel and Helen, I'm a silent admirer, y'all know I'm my own little corner, trying to do my own little thing.
Not really out there, I want you to know that you will be missed.
You are two incredible contributors.
Um, mel I want to give you props for what touches my world really directly, I know that you were part of the four a team, um, core team and one of the contributions that you are part of was that widget dashboard that lets users know about upcoming meetups.
So I want you to know that that work that you did.
This is really important.
It directly impacts me the stacks that you guys gave 30% increase in meetups.
Um that's pretty special for us.
So thank you for that telling your boss.
I just love how full you are and I, you know, just listen to your committee Montana, you know, and I spoke really briefly, just really giving them so much of your, your time.
Right? And like your contribution to building that company and also to making in court.
It's really for me a direct way that you've impacted um, me and our new york city meet up group Is your being part of that panel of women in 2017, you know, discussing just the needs of Wordpress community are women of Wordpress in new york city made up series as a direct result of that panel discussion.
And so thank you for that.
So, you know, I can't believe that no one has mentioned this yet.
It's like, let's just take a moment.
This is to like to take in the fact that, you know, these like really to, you know, um incredible sources of talent here.
Yeah, The Wordpress Space
Yes, so I thought I'd put a little bit more fun into it than I normally would.
Um so here we go, My second draft pick comes from the post status Excerpt archives # 37 and I am pulling from it mary jobs suggestion that we have a Word Camp Africa.
This has been submitted to this community and I love it.
I love the idea of having a work camp Africa in case, you know, this is an African print fan actually a birthday gift that came with a person address.
You know, this is a reflection of my my African part West African and so is mary job and and I think that there is definitely and African massive within the Wordpress community and this massive has so much to offer and you know, this massive, you know, is is has like a large diaspora and let's put together, we're in Camp Africa, we have the word Camp us, which I rap hard.
Um we have a word tempura, we have a word Camp asia, it's time, it's time for a work camp Africa.
You have a lead organizer already mary has stepped up and said that this is something that she wants and you know, I think I think that we definitely have the resources and we have the capacity to make it happen whether or not this is a combination of remote um you know, having something that's online and also in person, maybe it's an online Word camp, like an in person contributed a I don't know, I don't know the logistics of it.
I'm in the U.
I'm not part of the West African community, you know, that's that's on the continent, you know, I can't I can't speak to what the needs are, I can only advocate for for us and say it's it's time, it's time for it's time, it's time for work
I'm a core contributor and the community contributor.
You know me as part of the Wordpress, generic city made up community.
I'm a makeup organizer Beyond Wordpress work for the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration.
I started as an assistant regional planner and I'm currently working as a customer and government relations manager
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