This week: Plugin Machine, WordPress and CDN, introduction to WP-CLI, Core Web Vital, and much more…
I have been active in the WordPress community for over a decade creating content and educating users. When WooCommerce came out I jumped on board almost immediately and have experienced its growth for the last 10 years. Today, I run Do the Woo, where I guide, connect, and elevate the WooCommerce builder community.
If you listen to all the builders in the WooCommerce ecosystem, the subject of performance is never lacking. It’s an area that has improved over the years and is evolving as time goes by. But as more and more businesses move online, it’s becoming even more critical to stay on top of.
Recently, I had four developers literally geek-out while taking a deep dive into the issues, challenges, and solutions around performance with WooCommerce. Jonathan Wold, Zach Stepek, Till Kruss, and Carl Alexander left no stone unturned in the lively conversation.
Hosting and performance go hand in hand, and if you Google WooCommerce performance, a large portion of the results will be posted from hosting sites. Carl Alexander takes this a step further and states that no WordPress platform has more to gain from serverless computing than WooCommerce. He wrote a post that digs into the topic deeper that explains that serverless is the perfect technology to take on the unique challenges that come with WooCommerce.
I tend to preach the importance of understanding WordPress from one end to another with Woo builders. If both have optimal performance, you are ahead of the game. On WordPress.org that have recently posted two excellent articles on the core editor. On the overall performance and another on post/page speed. And most recently, the performance of a WordPress performance team.
Whether it’s your Woo shop or your WordPress site, Jetpack has gotten a bad wrap over the years on performance. But in the past few years, their focus has been on continuous improvement with both functionalities, and, no, breaking the plugin up into small pieces. Steven Seear from the Jetpack team spoke chatted with Brad Williams and me on how that misconception is changing.
An interview with Birgit Pauli-Haack appeared on MainWP. Todd touched on many topics, such as where did this fascination with Gutenberg come from and how did it happen that she became a Developer Advocate at Automattic.
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I’m a huge fan of Hookturn and their ACF Custom Database Tables plugin. Version 1.1.0 allows storing repeater fields in the custom table.