Iceberg is a beautiful, flexible writing editor for crafting posts with the WordPress block editor.
Iceberg allows you to write within the WordPress block editor in a way that feels much more natural than working with “blocks”. Our goal is not to remove blocks, but rather to deemphasize them – and any non-essential elements within the editor – to promote a focus on writing.
Meow Analytics is very light and only adds the Google Analytics code to your website. That’s it! If you are tired all those Google Analytics related plugins trying to do too much and forcing you to subscribe to something you do not want, you will love it. Meow Analytics can display some of your analytics data as well. In this case, this access will be only between your WordPress and Google Analytics.
Justin Tadlock: Beyond Prefixing: A WordPress Developer’s Guide to PHP Namespaces (WP Tavern)
Prefixing is one form of “namespacing,” which is just a fancy way of saying that names in this space belong to a specific project. However, prefixing (and suffixing, which is less common) is a hack from a time when no solution existed for the PHP language.
PHP 5.3 introduced an official method of namespacing, so the standard has existed for years. Because WordPress 5.2 bumped the minimum PHP requirement to 5.6, it is time for developers to shed their old habits and catch up to the rest of the PHP world.
Sarah Gooding: Edit Flow Future in Flux: Here Are 5 Alternative Plugins (WP Tavern)
After years of unpredictable development and support, it seemed the Edit Flow plugin had finally given up the ghost last week when an Automattic support representative confirmed that it is no longer being actively developed and recommended users switch to an alternative.
In support of smaller WordPress-powered publications that have an immediate need for editorial tools, we have compiled a list of alternatives that offer more frequent maintenance and support. Edit Flow’s primary features include a calendar, custom statuses, editorial comments, editorial metadata, notifications, story budget, and user groups. One of the alternatives below may be a suitable replacement, depending on which features are most important to your editorial workflow.
WordPress Caching: All You Need to Know (Delicious Brains)
This is a very helpful overview.
Caching in WordPress is often misunderstood. In this post, learn more about some of those misconceptions & get a little clarity on the minefield that is WordPress caching.
A good simple WordPress theme. Good for art portfolios.
Gridbox is a clean and solid WordPress theme featuring a three-column grid-layout for posts. The theme works out of the box and does not require any complicated setup. It is perfectly suited for a simple magazine, blog or portfolio website.
Andy Adams: Finding and Fixing Slow WordPress Database Queries (CSS Tricks)
Slow SQL queries can crush your WordPress site's performance. Sometimes, slow queries are a result of poorly-formed SQL that never should have been done that way. And sometimes, slow queries were actually fast queries at one point—but as the site grew older, the query got slower and slower, unable to keep up with the expanding database.
“Tumblr2WP makes it super simple to transfer your Tumblr content to your own, self-hosted WordPress install. This tool will create a WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS) file from your tumblr site which can be imported into WordPress.”