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Lot’s of different performance related things this week. Let’s dive in!
🗞 WordPress News
- What if you could design in Figma and automagically publish your designs as WordPress sites? Well, Yotako promises exactly this.
As someone who’s recently switched from Sketch to Figma, I’m curious about this service for two reasons. First, how good of a match will the WordPress theme be to the design? Secondly, what is that HTML going to look like? Divitis? Performance nightmare? I don’t know yet, but I am going to test them.
- Find My Blocks. This is a WordPress that does exactly what it says. It shows your where you have used certain blocks on your entire WordPress website.
Discovered it this week and I’ve already introduced it to two clients who absolutely love this one.
- Ross shared a little nugget explaining how to add sidebars for the post and site editors.
Possibly a very small edge case, but nevertheless interesting to read up on.
- Rhys Wynne shared the launch of his plugin. It’s called Preload LCP Image. And it, uhm, preloads images on individual pages helping you score better with those Lighthouse metrics.
Quite a smart little plugin for any and all designs that use either a cover image on top or a large image.
I guess Rhys’ plugin could go into this performance section as well. Instead, I have to web.dev nuggets for you.
- A collection of the best practices that the Chrome DevRel team believes are the most effective ways to improve Core Web Vitals performance in 2023.
I learned a thing or two from that list. Maybe you do too?
- Learn Images is a free course that is a deep dive into image formats, compression, responsive images, and performance.
Highly recommend you check out that course.
💡 Interesting finds
- Ali Abdaal shared an interesting Twitter thread about what his audience find the best online course they’ve ever taken. Here are the 10 most popular ones.
Generally I’m not a fan of listicles, but it’s the exception that confirms the rule, right?
- If you find yourself regularly doubting what git command does what, try this tool. It explains any git command in plain English.
🔆 WordPress Highlight
Automated performance monitoring in WordPress core? YES PLEASE!
📖 What I am reading
This past week I’ve been deep diving into marketing related content. I’m amazed how I’ve never come across this resource before, but it’s what’s been in an open tab all week: https://marketingexamples.com/
PDFs are rarely seen as something other than a fixed format file you can’t do anything with once it’s created. The PDF connaisseurs amongst you know, of course, this is not the case. You can, in fact, do a lot more with PDFs. How much more? Check out I love PDF and let me know how many new things you learned.
My favorite is Compress PDF. What’s yours?
That’s it for this week’s ramblings. Thanks for reading!