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Blogposts on blog.futtta.be in English (mostly because these posts are republished in a non-Dutch-speaking context).
Autoptimize Pro 1.3; instant.page
New booster in Autoptimize Pro 1.3: instant.page, a 3rd party JS component that can significantly improve performance for visitors going from one page to another on your site by preloading a page based on visitor behavior.
Do take into account that it could increase the number of page requests as the preloaded page might end up not being requested after all.
More info on https://instant.page.
How to fix Autoptimize & Critical CSS cron issue
Critical CSS (either through Autoptimize with your own Critical CSS account or through Autoptimize Pro which includes Critical CSS) requires WordPress’ scheduling system to function to be able to communicate with criticalcss.com on a regular basis. In some cases this does not work and you might see this notification in your WordPress dashboard;
It looks like there might be a problem with WordPress cron (task scheduling)
If this is the case, go through these steps to troubleshoot:
- install the “WP Crontrol“-plugin and go to Tools -> Cron Events
- WP Crontrol will warn if “cron” (another name for job scheduling) is disabled
- Look for “ao_ccss_queue” and check the “next run” time/ date.
- If the has a “next run” date is in the past, there is an issue with your site/ host’s WordPress cron. Some hosts’ info on the topic can be found for WP Engine here , here for BlueHost, here for HostGator and lastly here for SiteGround.
- Alternatively you can click on “manually process job queue” in the jobs pane in Settings -> Autoptimize -> Critical CSS
AOPro 1.2; delay JS, CSS & HTML as long as you want
Setting the delay to 0 is a bit shady because at that point you are hiding those assets for performance tests which -although artificial- is likely to improve (lab test) performance scores. If you do use the 0s delay then do take into account that *real* users will still need to load/ render those assets and that that still may be a sub-optimal experience.
As found Our Tube: Jeff Buckley @ Sin-é (1993) bootleg
Someone uploaded an amateur recording of an entire (?) Jeff Buckley solo concert at the Sin-é from July 1993 (one year before Grace was released). A gem!
Adding PHP 8.2 in travis tests
Phew, getting php 8.2 working in my #wordpress plugin’s travis tests required quite a bit of trial & error in travis.yaml, but 8 commits later I won 😉
The solution was in these extra lines to ensure libonig5 was installed;
matrix: include: - dist: focal php: 8.2 env: LIBONIG_INSTALL=1 install: # for PHP 8.2 install libonig - if [ -n "$LIBONIG_INSTALL" ]; then sudo apt-get install libonig5; fi
Mastodon oEmbed requests overload; use WP Rest Cache
Mastodon due to the decentralized nature can result in a significant extra load on your site if someone posts a link to it. Every Mastodon instance where the post is seen (which can be 1 but also 100 or 1000 or …) will request not only the page and sub-sequentially the oEmbed json object to be able to show a preview in Mastodon. The page requests should not an issue as you surely have page caching, but the oEmbed object lives behind
/wp-json/ and as such is not cached by page caches. The solution; the WP Rest Cache plugin
and one small code snippet (for now). A lot more info can be found in Donncha’s excellent post on the subject.
Twitterless Twaddle revisited
Although I removed the “twitterless twaddle” byline from this blog years ago and I was present on Twitter with my @futtta-account, I’ve never been an avid user. That means I have no “social capital” there and given the Musk shit-show it has quickly become, I revisited the Mastodon account I created in April this year (when Elon declared he wanted to buy Twitter) and as instructed by God I happily “archived” my Twitter account by removing all my follows, protecting my tweets, changing my name and gently closing the door behind me (and I finally deactivated my FB account as well).
So if you want to get social with me, I’m https://mastodon.social/@futtta. Not that I’m good at doing the socials, not that I’ll have much to say there, not that Mastodon solves all problems with social media, but it does feel good to be on a federated/ distributed social network using open source software, not owned by one company or one person.
Autoptimize Pro released, secret discount code here ;-)
So Autoptimize Pro has finally been released, somewhat secretively (I like flying under the radar).
All info about features can be found on https://autoptimize.com/pro/ including a 20% early birds discount code, but if you use my internet nickname/ handle of whatever you want to call it (it’s part of the domain of this blog and has 3 t’s in it 😉) as coupon code between now and November 16th, you’ll get an even bigger discount!
Be quick, your website will be too 😉