Request with Intent: Caching Strategies in the Age of PWAs

Media can be great for drawing attention when competition is high (e.g., on the homepage of a newspaper), but when you want readers to focus on a single task (e.g., reading the actual article), its value can drop from important to “nice to have.” Yes, studies have shown that images excel at drawing eyeballs, but once a visitor is on the article page, no one cares; we’re just making it take longer to download and more expensive to access. The situation only gets worse as we shove more media into the page. 

We must do everything in our power to reduce the weight of our pages, so avoid requests for things that don’t add value. For starters, if you’re writing an article about a data breach, resist the urge to include that ridiculous stock photo of some random dude in a hoodie typing on a computer in a very dark room.

Aaron Gustafson

suggested reads for November 27, 2019

Outside of WordPress, all major open source CMSs are declining.

I’ve gone through the list of CMSs and looked up whether they’re open source or not. On the whole, in the beginning of 2018, open source CMSs combined had a 41.6% market share. Now they command 43.4% and if the trends continue the way they’re looking, it’ll be 45.7% this time next year.

Now, those open source totals obscure an important fact:

  • without WordPress, open source CMSs would have lost a full percentage point over the course of this year, from 9.4% to 8.4%.
  • if the trends continue, the group of open source CMSs – excluding WordPress – will decrease next year as well, to 7.6%.

So, while WordPress is shining and growing, the open source CMS ecosystem outside of WordPress isn’t getting stronger. We’ve seen the first moves for Gutenberg to be adopted by Drupal, maybe it’s time for more collaboration to prevent further decline?

Joost de Valk

Joost on his analysis has pointed out lots of data to study. Every aspect is important but – to my heart – this is the situation that needs more analysis from every developer out there. Clearly there’s something in the WordPress community that’s winning, and avoiding learning the good things this project has put on the table in its 15 years of existence is leading to… nothing.

So it would be better to cooperate each other and try to compensate the bad things each project has and elevate the strongest points…

no more a Flickr Pro user

At midnight I’ll no longer be a Pro member of Flickr.

At the time I’m in a second run with it, since my original profile was abruptly deleted and I never had the chance to repair my error (I posted some fandom quality images of a Japanese manga creator). Anyway since I loved the platform in May 2008 I’ve reopened my account and always had on my iPhone the service’s app – even if I’ve used it rarely.

There were some great times in the past, where everyone had their account a whole 1TB of space, to put on the platform and to everyone’s computer (remember this scandal ?) Anyway I always thought it was a bona fide error and remain on the platform (which still IS the place to document many key moments at the millenium start in the tech world and more.

There the free meal (the 1TB) went away, also a new management came in and I was so hopeful to see things changing. I paid the annual fee to SmugMug hoping to see a revamp of the platform.

Still, one year later, nothing approachable has come to users’, in my opinion. Support for 6K video is a joke … clearly no-one will use the platform or the format. The Flickr Uploader was also a crazy tool … used to sync folders from my pc do an album. But if one shots a lot and want to showcase a ‘portfolio’ he will want to manually pick with photo to upload, and having a folder on the computer outside the preferred photo-management tool (Aperture, Lightroom, etc) is another joke.

To me Flickr is not a talent showcase, that place has been taken by 500px or SmugMug, or VSCO… it’s not a ‘fun place’ or a ‘marketing place’, now it’s all about Instagram marketing and internal shop.

What Flickr was, is and still can be is – in my opinion – a place where to place collections of photos, be a ‘family album’, be a ‘shared memory document’ for events (let’s tag WCEU2019 my photo of the 2019’s edition of WordCamp Europe along with all the people attending to it and see a moment unfold in the platform).

After a year, anyway, the new management still have to understand what to do with the platform. The ‘technical’ and ‘historic’ debt of the platform is huge, and to their merit I have to say I’ve never had an issue with the site, but the silence in their blog and all over the web makes me think that 54€ for another year of nothing is a bit too much … and probably I’ll better spend my time and money to build something in a self-hosted solution…

The Cost of Contribution

… as WordPress was not the development tool I had hoped it would be, mainly because it prioritizes end-users over developers (and for a valid reason). And just when I considered switching, I experienced the one thing that has continued to keep me in this space: the WordPress Community.
It’s a community full of passioned and inspiring people, and when you come into contact with it for the first time, it can be very intoxicating – I was hooked right away!
But with time, I noticed more and more that this highly inspiring and addicting environment did have a negative long-term effect on some community members.

Alain Schlesser

Everything is Amazing, But Nothing is Ours

“The other day, I came across a website I’d written over two decades ago. I double-clicked the file, and it opened and ran perfectly.
Then I tried to run a website I’d written 18 months ago and found I couldn’t run it without firing up a web server, and when I ran NPM install, one or two of those 65,000 files had issues that meant node failed to install them and the website didn’t run. When I did get it working, it needed a database. And then it relied on some third-party APIs and there was an issue with CORS because I hadn’t whitelisted localhost.

My website made of files carried on, chugging along. This isn’t me saying that things were better in the old days. I’m just saying that years ago websites were made of files; now they are made of dependencies.”

Simon Pitt

This is a great quote from the Everything is Amazing, But Nothing is Ours post by Alex Danco on the evolution of technologies around the file/services paradigms. Give it a read, and if you’re a developer please do think more ‘in the long term’, for you and for me (as a client).

Open.film

Thousands of volunteers make WordPress, while a $10 billion industry powering one-third of the web profits. What drives so many to give so much of their time and energy? OPEN explores the open-source community making WordPress. This is a story about community giving freely of their time, expertise and energy to software driving the online economy.

OPEN was filmed at WordCamps, local events around the world organized by volunteers to further the mission of democratizing publishing. With over 150 WordCamps and 600 meetups worldwide, this grassroots community brings together more than just programmers and bloggers. WordCamps can attract hundreds of local WordPress users, each with their own story of how and why they use WordPress.