Happy Friday folks! This is the 59th version of Remkus’ Ramblings, the weekly newsletter that illuminates the world of WordPress like a futuristic neon sign.
Well, sort of. I dunno. Maybe?
Anyway, let’s get to it!
🗞 WordPress News
- The first WordPress plugin that allows web developers to deploy 3D immersive, multi-user Metaverse worlds in any WordPress website has been released. It allows people to embed a multiuser, collaborative, 3D space into a WordPress site. A WordPress author can drag images, videos, and PDF files into the block to add their content into the virtual 3D space.
If that reads very confusing and meta, you’d be right. It is. It’s here to stay, though. I’m still not one hundred percent sold on this interpretation of the Metaverse, but perhaps I’m clinging too much onto the picture painted by Snow Crash.
- Andrew Palmer, of Bertha.ai fame, has launched a Chrome Extension for Bertha.ai.
See Bertha.ai as a smart way of using AI for your content prompts, frameworks, and more. Where as ChatGPT is only as good as whatever prompt you feed it, Bertha.ai actually helps you, guides you with smart prompts.
- I published my list of WordPress Performance debug tools.
A few dedicated things related to performance impact, so not your default “how to debug WordPress” list.
- Another shameless self-promotion to which I totally feel justified doing, but I asked the following on Twitter: “What’s the coolest WordPress plugin you’ve discovered lately“. And the responses have some absolute gems in them. Highly recommend you check out the comments.
Did you know that WOFF2 is the most optimized version out of all the font formats for the web? It has excellent browser compatibility across all major browsers. And since Edge now uses Chromium as core, that means even Microsoft is onboard 😏.
- But, you always improve for performance, right? Enjoy Google’s tool that allows you to compress WOFF2 to the absolute minimum size it can be.
Small wins compound!
💡 Interesting finds
I’ve been using Alfred since, like, forever. It’s a productivity tool. And then some. But when someone said the following on Twitter, I had to check out what they meant:
Raycast is blowing my mind. It’s the 20% of macOS I didn’t realize was missing. It’s everything I wanted Alfred to be. It’s clearly made by people obsessed with nailing the details. It’s been 2 days and I can’t remember how I used my computer before it.DCJ
And yes, Raycast is pretty rad. I’m using it instead of Alfred on one of my machines now. Think Spotlight Search (for Mac) on steroids. And you can extend, just like Alfred btw, with extra functionality. You could be adding a ChatGPT integration to it, for example.
As far as I can tell, both Alfred and Raycast are Mac only.
🔆 WordPress Highlight
Link in Bio. On your WordPress site. Right where it should be. Go check it out.
📖 What I am reading
Benedict Evans has published his yearly presentation on exploring macro and strategic trends in the tech industry. Lot of interesting insights he’s sharing here. You can both watch the YouTube video and the presentation itself.
My bonus for this week is great list of super cool AI powered websites. Excelformulabot 🤯 is my favorite. Which is yours?
That’s it for this week’s ramblings. Thanks for reading!