WordPress 4.4 – "responsive" images by default

One of the many proposals that are being made for WordPress 4.4 which will come out before the end of the year, is that WordPress serves all the images responsive (adaptable to all devices) by default.

The idea, proposed in the development groups proposes to use the base of the plugin RICG Responsive Images so that, without incorporating at least the moment of compression, WordPress shows all the images in a way that they look perfectly on all types of devices, especially mobile phones of course. [19659004]  average weight of web images

The philosophy behind the proposal is based on the reality that currently an average web weighs more than 2 Mb of which the majority are attributable to images .

In addition s, due to the growing quality of computer screens and mobile devices, web creators are increasingly including more high-quality images in their designs, especially on web covers, causing slower page load times, that penalize the user experience, search engine positioning and usability .

What makes the – for now – plugin, proposed for that is incorporated as default functionality in WordPress 4.4 is to include all possible sizes of images every time we upload an image. When WordPress displays an image uploaded from the file loader, or when a prominent image is generated, those sizes will be included in the image tag through the attributes srcset and srcset.

mode is extended wp_get_attachment_image () which already includes image galleries, post_thumbnails, and all other images they use wp_get_attachment_image () .

Currently, 25% of the Web is created with WordPress and it is a responsibility to make browsing faster and more satisfying, making that all images are responsive so that WordPress sites serve the appropriate image sizes to each user, at least in that 25% of the entire Web right?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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What is the best plugin to share on social networks? • WordPress Help

Surely you've already tried a lot of plugins to share your posts on social networks and, like me, do not there will be almost day that you do not think about changing it for a more efficient, versatile, and that consumes less resources and is faster.

Do you already have your perfect choice? I do not …

I do not know if that has been the objective, but the study that Lucy Beer has done in WP Rocket brings a lot of light, at least in the part of resource consumption and speed of load response, something always to be taken into account in any website that intends to offer a good browsing experience, usability and, of course, searchbility .

Results? so varied, there is a bit of everything, but some resounding winners and, also, tremendous losers.

The best in speed and performance

 faster sharing plugins

In the tests the which offered a better performance, with faster loading and less consumption of resources were the following:

  1. Social media feather : very light and fast-loading plugin
  2. Monarch (from Elegant Themes): what I use here in WordPress Help, tremendously customizable in design, configurations and locations, in addition to totally responsive .
  3. Simple share buttons adder : pretty good even in the free version, I use it on my personal blog and it's a good choice.
  4. Mashshare : an adaptation of the social icons they use in Mashable, so if you like that design you'll love it.

The best in solidity

Ha and configurations of plugins that, without being the fastest, offer a very good performance, and these would be the ones that would fall into this category, with the configurations indicated in the graphic:

 plugins to share more solids

As you can see here also highlights Monarch even in the most intrusive configurations, like the fly in . JetPack does not go wrong as long as you use the settings to display Icons + text.

From which you have to flee

And, as in any comparison, there are some plugins that are at the bottom of the table those that it is better to avoid for its bad performance despite the colors that attract us. I know, you will be surprised to see some of your favorites in this blacklist that you should not use if you do not want to compromise the performance of your website.

 bad share plugins

We are talking about plugins that delay the loading of your website by more than 1 second and increase the page weight to worrying sizes, something totally unacceptable and that can seriously damage the SEO of your site .

You can verify that in this list of clumsy plugins are veteran plugins with tens of thousands of installations like AddThis ShareThis or the same JetPack in its configuration of using the official buttons (the most commonly used by the way).

Let's not say some with names as deceptive as Really Simple Share or Ultimate Social Media & Share the worst of all, something that should serve to remind us that we should not get carried away – or cheat – by striking names but by our own experience or by users we trust .

And the winner is … [19659014]  monarch responsive plugin

Undoubtedly, for speed, performance, robustness and performance the best is Monarch .

It is a payment plugin, but if you have or do account in Elegant Themes you can download it with the whole package of themes, 87 beauties, nothing less for only € 59, so the final unit price is ridiculous, like the one for each theme, so it's a very good option.

And if you do not want to spend a single euro and do not need all the Monarch bonuses, the second best option, at least in speed, would be Social media feather . ]

So, despite the usual reservations you have to have with all comparison, and this has been done in my opinion quite rigorously, you know that everything that glitters is not gold, and plugins as basic as those of share in social networks must also be analyzed for obtain the best possible balance between performance and performance .

(Note: in case you have not noticed some of the links in this entry they are affiliated, so if you buy a product it costs you the same but you pay me a coffee)

NOTICE : this publication is two years or more ago. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say that we have not warned you.

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