Lazy loading images is part of WordPress as of 5.5-alpha. Andrew Ozz is asking plugin authors who implement lazy-loading to update their code to make use of this new core functionality. 💤
Iain Poulson explains how to identify SQL queries that are causing bottlenecks and demonstrates some quick fixes and other ways to accelerate query execution time. 💨
✒️ Zara Cooper has written a “practical guide to writing technical specs” — highly recommended for developers:
“By writing a technical spec, engineers are forced to examine a problem before going straight into code, where they may overlook some aspect of the solution.”
Yoast has a blog post in their developer portal about new features in the upcoming version (14.0) of their plugin. Some of these include moving all metadata from
wp_postmeta to custom tables, changes in the Schema API, and “opening up a set of new API surfaces.”
Denis Žoljom, an Automation representative on the Theme Review Team, has written a proposal to use GitHub for code review for themes submitted to wordpress.org. 💡
If you like to follow front-end development news and trends, then this list of RSS feeds from Louis Lazaris might be worth checking out. 🍝
If you use VSCode, this impressive list of customizations from Silvestar Bistrović of his (364!) code settings is worth your time. 🎚️😮
We're wishing Tony Perez all the best as he leaves GoDaddy and explores full-time work on his projects CleanBrowsing (a DNS-based content filtering service) and ColdPath (a security consulting company). 🛅
I recently stumbled on rclone, which is a command-line program to sync local files and directories with cloud storage providers like Google Drive, Amazon Drive, S3, Dropbox, Backblaze B2, and many more. ☁️
Here's an interesting tutorial from Nico Martin on how to create scheduled push notifications in the browser with the Notifications API — in combination with the Push API and the HTTP Web Push Protocol. I don't care for push notifications in my browser, but scheduled ones for a limited purpose (like an online event) makes sense. 🖐️
Blessing Krofegha demonstrates how to build a web app with a headless CMS and React. He doesn't mention WordPress, but it's applicable — and worth reading if the general concept interests you.
The call for speakers for WordCamp US 2020 (October 27-29) has been issued. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, April 17, 2020, at 11:59 pm CT (UTC -5) / 4:59am Saturday (UTC). 🏕️
Video and Podcast Picks of the Week
📹 Here is my video pick of the week:
- If you're a freelancer or small business/agency, you might want to check out the replays from this past weekend's Remote Control Summit.
🎙️ Here are some podcasts I've listened to recently that are worth your time:
- Women in WP: An interview with Tracy Rotton about being a freelancer during the time of COVID-19, how working from home has changed for her, and some new expectations moving forward.
- 99% Invisible: Here is my first recommendation from this popular, design-themed podcast I recently discovered. This particular episode is an eye-opener about the implicit, default gender bias of design.
- WPMRR WordPress Podcast: A great compilation of past guests' advice and tips on acquisitions and being acquired.