Reading List #31


This week we managed to block two full days to work on picu, our photo-proofing WordPress plugin. We are working on a complete rewrite of the email functionality, which will make it much more extendable and flexible to work with in the future, but is a big chunk of work to implement initially, as it touches pretty much every other function in our plugin. Looking forward to get this released, finally.

Frontend Development

🚨 How to Double your Lighthouse Score

A good reminder of how small changes can sometimes have a huge impact on your lighthouse scores and overall performance.

Ben Myers – How I Doubled My Lighthouse Performance Score in One Night

🪄 To Sass, or not to sass

In this post, Mayank explains why they think Sass won’t be gone any time soon. They refer to a statement made by Jeremy Keith, where he said in a talk that Sass (like jQuery or Flash) are like R&D for the web and will become like polyfills once browsers implement their features natively and make them obsolete.

I wouldn’t agree that this statement is absurd, but the point where modern CSS would make Sass obsolete is definitely not here. Even though I only use a fraction of the examples in the article, it will certainly take some time to replace Sass for me as well. The conclusion sums it up quite well:

CSS is making great progress at adding a lot of the missing features that originally made Sass so attractive, but I don’t think we are at a point where vanilla CSS can replace Sass yet. At best, the role of Sass has changed to help make better use of modern CSS.


Mayank – The case for using Sass in 2022


🚀 Preload CSS to make WordPress Faster with Early Hints

Stoyan Stefanov with a cool technique to make your WordPress site faster by adding some early hints to your HTTP responses that will make your CSS (or JS) files load earlier. I will definitely have to play around with this! – Faster WordPress rendering with 3 lines of configuration

Other / Random

🧐 Tools for better thinking

Untools is a “Collection of thinking tools and frameworks to help you solve problems, make decisions and understand systems.”. I possibly heard about some of them before – like the Minto Pyramid – but Untools does a great job of collecting them together with a brief introduction to each.

Untools – Tools for better thinking

✌️ Have a good one!