WPWeekly Episode 228 – Communication is Key

We didn’t have a guest this week so Marcus Couch and I discuss the latest news and events happening in the WordPress community. We update listeners as to the status of the W3 Total Cache plugin. This segues into a conversation on whether caching plugins are necessary considering the improvements in technology in the last decade.

We congratulate Rian Rietveld on winning the Heroes of Accessibility award and then dive deep into why communication is a key component of success for developers. We provide a status update on WordPress 4.5 and end the show with the plugin picks of the week.

Stories Discussed:

Frederick Townes Confirms W3 Total Cache is Not Abandoned
Versions of WP-CLI Prior to 0.23.0 Are Incompatible with WordPress 4.5
Draft and Save Customizer Changes for Later with New Customize Snapshots Plugin
Modern Tribe Acquires GigPress, Exploring SaaS Events Management Solution
WordPress Contributor Rian Rietveld Wins Heroes of Accessibility Award
A Little Communication Goes a Long Way
WordPress 4.5 Field Guide

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

Flatty – Flat Admin Theme is a new Admin theme based off the flat design trend of 2015. Simply install the plugin and configure how you want the admin area to look.

Scratching Effect allows you to easily simulate a gift card or instant lottery ticket by adding a scratchable area to your site.

Facebook Instant Articles for WP adds support for Instant Articles for Facebook, which is a new way for publishers to distribute fast, interactive stories on Facebook. Instant Articles are preloaded in the Facebook mobile app so they load instantly.

Wapuu Fall plugin allows you to have falling Wapuus, similar to a falling snow plugin.

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3 Comments


  1. I installed Quick Cache years ago, once my blog started getting enough traffic to really slow things down.

    These days the site gets about the same amount of traffic, so it never occurred to me that the plugin might no longer be necessary…until I listened to your podcast!

    Is there any way to figure out whether a site that at one time required caching still needs it? (Other than by turning off the plugin and crossing your fingers?)

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  2. I agree that cache can be a pain, especially while doing development work (and for certain other applications). I use WP Engine as well, Marcus, and wish sometimes that I could just click a setting and turn it off temporarily. BTW, the staging environment isn’t cached, so you can always push a quick copy there and work/test.
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    I’m not sure I like the move Facebook is making, and I suppose I’d personally resist pushing my web articles there. It seems they are trying to become a revived AOL these days, and I’d rather get people back to my site, not keep them on Facebook. I’m fine using social media to be – well, social – and announce my content. But, I want my home base to be at home… which, is good for WordPress too (why use WordPress if all Internet content is at Facebook?).

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  3. Just got done making a site for an artist and pages are quite heavy due to the images (even after lots of optimizing). Tried using a cache plugin but can’t say it helped.

    Awesome show , look forward to each new episode.

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