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  1. Max Ziebell
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    Speed is one metric and a good thing, but it shouldn’t come at a cost of creativity and uniformity. Specially don’t force AMP on us… given „Google sponsored core contributors“.

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  2. Li-An
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    Yoast is heavy. Make Yoast lighter.

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    • Samuel
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      Haha. I was thinking the same thing. Sooo funny. But hey, good that they at least want to make wordpress faster. You could just write as first recommendation: Please do not install YOAST. YOAST makes your website slow.

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  3. Tyler
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    Sounds good to me. Performance is too important to not be a priority. While plugins and themes can do a lot to help, the core CMS needs to help make it easier.

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  4. Louis
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    By the time anything happens, WordPress will be a Google product.

    Having said that, it is a shame WordPress core contributors have not been focusing on this issue long before now.

    Guess it’s Gutenberg and/or bust.

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  5. Rob W
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    Funny that Google has weighed in on this. I wonder if they’ll be willing to make their GA and other external scripts faster and require fewer round trips. It’d also be nice if they engineer a way to make it possible to host their scripts locally AND still get updates when available.

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  6. Miroslav Glavić
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    Yoast could start making things faster by making Yoast SEO lighter and not the bloated plugin that it is. Lead by example.

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  7. Dominique Pijnenburg
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    It would be great if plugins that force jQuery to be loaded in the head got ‘named and shamed’.

    This year I had a lot of conversation with the Gravity Forms creators, on a specific site we created that plugin was the only one that was using jQuery in the head. In the end they solved the problems, so I’m very happy with their support.

    In my opinion every plugin/theme should be fully functioning with jQuery in the footer (or better: just use vanilla JavaScript).

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  8. Gabriele Grüner
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    In my opinion every plugin/theme should be fully functioning with jQuery in the footer

    jQuery in footer is loaded after rendering of page, which will break all sort of active content like sliders etc. or cause jumps of content if sliders are initialized and added after page has been displayed already in browser.

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  9. Guti
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    Quite worrying that WP, even if simpler that some eCommerce CMS is getting behind of them.

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  10. David Hoy
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    How is this even an article?

    The cause is just but the stats are well off. Comparing a WordPress/WooCommerce average to a Shopify average? That is never, ever going to be accurate.

    The issue is not with Core, but with all the folks building shitty themes and plugins that offer nothing new other than a source of revenue to the creator and all the terrible bloggers copying and pasting a “How to do X with WordPress” article for SEO, when that article was bad practice 5 years ago when it was originally written, worse, these articles are given a link outreach budget which means they dominate the serps and become ‘canon’.

    WordPress is a community, not a product. To fix this issue we need to fix the community.

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    • Louis
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      WordPress is actually a product. It is marketed as free, which is used to generate income for the rest of the empire.

      The community is just fine. Well, most of us. Some don’t look upon others as positively as they could, but that is the nature of a community.

      Core has had issues for many years. Even those who work on it admit there are significant improvements which could be made. It’s getting everyone to agree which direction needs to be taken that gets in the way sometimes.

      While there are some bad apples in the plugin/theme development, there are a whole lot of good products out there. Some in WordPress repositories and some in outside shops.

      As far as “horrible bloggers” copying and pasting, I have to agree, there are a lot of rehashings going on, but I’m not seeing where even this comment is providing much originality. We all take from someone else to get what we need out of what we are doing. Even the most arrogant do it. They just don’t admit it.

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  11. Anoop Gupta
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    Make your Yoast plugin faster too. I feel good to know that top tech companies Google and Yoast came together to improve the WordPress speed issue. That’s great !!!

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