Front-end Futures

🏕️ WordCamp websites now have more “app-like” PWA (“Progressive Web App”) features. This means cached pages and assets are available offline, so if someone visits the schedule page and loses their internet connection they’ll still be able to load the schedule. 📱

Zac Gordon announced the new site, which is devoted to Gatsby themes for use with WordPress. You can preview some of the themes and plugins now, and there will be more to come.

Sarah Drasner over at Smashing Magazine documents how to create a headless WordPress Site “on the JAMstack.” She sets up a Vue application with Nuxt and pulls posts via the WordPress API. A demo with source code is provided. 🗣️

Rich Tabor has posted his reflections on 2019, which included joining GoDaddy and selling CoBlocks and ThemeBeans. His goals for 2020 are “to simply read more,” “produce music,” and “get involved with core Gutenberg on a deeper level.” Rich predicts this is going to be “an even bigger year for the block editor” than 2018 and 2019, and he describes what is probably the only way to make WordPress “future proof:”

“I want to build a WordPress that my children will fall in love with. Will share their adventures with. Will make their mark with.”

In another post, Rich outlines a new look for the Login Designer website. He used the Twenty Twenty theme and Tailwind CSS, noting he “wanted to experiment with a fully utility-based framework and better understand both shortcomings and opportunities with this flavor of site building in WordPress.” It looks nice; you should check it out.

Karolina Szczur explains how to get started with web performance by breaking down the most important performance metrics. 🚄

JavaScript is one of the main obstacles, according to Karolina:

“Avoiding long-running tasks and blocking the JavaScript main thread is one of the most critical performance strategies to employ.”