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Septemberigheid met William Shatner en Ben Folds

Het is weer september, de mooiste maand ter wereld en ik had er dit jaar bijna niets over geschreven, tot ik op de radio William Shatner en Ben Folds met “It Hasn’t Happened Yet” hoorde. Dat nummer is zo ontstellend mooi-melancholisch dat ik alweer een paar dagen werkombekwaam ben (maar niet echt, collega’s, niet echt).

Luister maar eens naar dit tubeken en lees ondertussen de tekst of kijk gewoon een beetje dromerig naar buiten, naar de zomer die bijna niet meer is.

William Shatner - It Hasn't Happened Yet
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The state of WP YouTube Lyte (now with fresh Pomplamoose)

Although it has been a few months since I last wrote about my baby WordPress plugin, time did not stand still between version 0.3.0 and 0.5.2; the player size can now be changed in the options-screen, I’ve replaced my newTube html5-hack with Google’s official (yet experimental) new html5-compatible embed code and I started migrating the CSS from the mess that had become the JavaScript-file. And I almost forgot what may be the most important change; I started searching for blogs that use WP-YouTube-Lyte to see how it behaves in the wild. Some of the bugs I discovered that way;

But with all those changes you might start to wonder if WP-YouTube-Lyte still reduces download size & rendering time substantially, no? So I ran a couple of new tests for this page on my blog (it has 3 embedded YouTube’s) on webpagetest.org (settings: 5 runs on IE7 via Amsterdam, excluding requests to stats.wordpress.com). The difference is … well, judge for yourself (or see below the tables for the summary)

With normal Flash-based embeds (full results here):

Document Complete Fully Loaded
Load Time First Byte Start Render Time Requests Bytes In Time Requests Bytes In
First View 1.850s 0.634s 1.330s 1.850s 15 343 KB 5.350s 22 524 KB
Repeat View 1.142s 0.346s 0.497s 1.142s 5 17 KB 2.455s 5 17 KB

And with WP YouTube Lyte (full results here):

Document Complete Fully Loaded
Load Time First Byte Start Render Time Requests Bytes In Time Requests Bytes In
First View 1.201s 0.355s 0.974s 1.201s 10 55 KB 2.065s 20 103 KB
Repeat View 0.605s 0.352s 0.473s 0.605s 2 12 KB 1.447s 5 14 KB

Did you see that? Less requests, less data and faster rendering for first and repeat views. Hurray for WP-YouTube-Lyte! But enough with that ego-tripping already, I’ve got an Opera-bug to look into! Or wait, I’ll watch this great new Pomplamoose+Ben Folds+Nick Hornby  videosong first:

Ben Folds, Nick Hornby, & Pomplamoose VideoSong!!!!
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