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Last active Sep 11, 2019
How WordPress Plugins Should Handle Front End Resources

How WordPress Plugins Should Handle Front End Resources

This is a WORK IN PROGRESS intended for fleshing out and feedback

It's very common for people to be unhappy with how a WordPress plugin adds front end resources to their site. If a plugin needs CSS, the plugin will add a <link> element to that CSS. If the plugin needs JavaScript, it will add a <script> to that JavaScript.

Plugins do this because it works. It's damn important for a WordPress plugin to work, even in adverse conditions. They rightfully want good ratings and little customer support.

But this comes at the cost of additional HTTP requests. In optimizing front end performance of a site, reducing the number of HTTP requests is a huge thing. Front end developers want to decide and control how front end resources are being handled, and WordPress plugins don't typically make this easy on them.

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const App = () => {
return (
penTitle="My sweet demo"
description="Renders a barebones React component"
chriscoyier / dabblet.css
Created Jan 9, 2012
YouTube Footer Buttons
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YouTube Footer Buttons
.button {
border: 1px solid #DDD;
border-radius: 3px;
text-shadow: 0 1px 1px white;
box-shadow: 0 1px 1px #fff;
font: bold 11px Sans-Serif;
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/* Oprah Thing
Saw some movie and there was some Oprah-related commerical before it and it had title things like this during it
body { background: black; padding: 100px; margin: 0; }
h1 {
text-align: center;
color: white;
text-transform: uppercase;
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class CTF_Register_Taxonomies {
* Initialize the class
public function __construct() {
add_action('init', array( $this, 'tags_support_all') );
add_action('pre_get_posts', array( $this, 'tags_support_query') );
chriscoyier / dabblet.css
Created Dec 21, 2011
Click open/close Dropdown in pure CSS
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/* Click open/close Dropdown in pure CSS */
/* Disclaimer: Not the most semantic
thing in the universe. */
/* Forked from original idea */
.tabs {
position: relative;
chriscoyier / instrument.js
Last active May 3, 2019
The JS Instrumenting we do at CodePen
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var esprima = require('esprima');
function instrument(code) {
var LOOP_CHECK = 'if (window.CP.shouldStopExecution(%d)){break;}';
var LOOP_EXIT = "\nwindow.CP.exitedLoop(%d);\n";
var loopId = 1;
var patches = [];
esprima.parse(code, {
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/* F.A.Q */
div { position: relative; }
input[type=checkbox] {
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
width: 100%;
height: 100%;
opacity: 0;
chriscoyier / dabblet.css
Created Jan 9, 2012
Loading dot dot dot
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Loading dot dot dot
body {
padding: 100px;
font-size: 62.5%;
.loading {
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Template Name: Comment Graph
<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset=utf-8>
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