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Joe Casabona started his career over 20 years ago as a freelance web developer before realizing his true passion, which is sharing his knowledge about web development, podcasting, and course creation to help creators and business owners. Find him at Casabona.org, or helping people create consistent content, while making money at Creator Courses.
Moving into 2022, my mission is to help small business owners and creators make content consistently, that makes them money. There are a lot of ways you can do that with content, but one key way is to use your time wisely. And automation is one of the best ways to do that.
I started on my automation journey in 2018, when my friend challenged me to do less. I took that to mean, “how can I keep the number of projects I’m working on, while performing fewer tasks?” In this recently updated post, I outline my thought process for how I planned to automate more. If you’re starting out (or if you’re looking for ideas), this is a great exercise for you.
Now, if you’re in the WordPress space, there are lots of ways you can automate tasks, whether you run a blog, or a complex eCommerce site. Zapier is one of the best tools for connecting one website to another, and my friend Jimmy Rose is a Zapier expert. He put together a great post on how to get started with Zapier and WordPress.
There are also lots of plugins that have Zapier support, but there are lots that don’t. And in those cases, you’ll need a tool that’s like Zapier, but for WordPress. That tool is Uncanny Automator. You can connect plugins like Restrict Content Pro and LearnDash to each other, hook up The Events Calendar with WooCommerce, and yes, send data to Zapier. WP Beginner has a great tutorial on how to use Uncanny Automator.
If you’re looking to automate WordPress Core tasks and the command line is your jam, WP-CLI is definitely for you. This comprehensive guide from Kinsta is a great place to get started with a primer on WP-CLI, and then how to automate those tasks with shell scripts.
LearnDash is taking cutting-edge e-learning methodology and infusing it into WordPress. Trusted to power the learning programs for major universities, small to mid-size companies, startups, entrepreneurs, and bloggers worldwide.
Owl Link Challenge continues. Today you can see how to create our most used block with Wicked Block Builder.