Announcements

Photonic Version 2.27 – More Optimization and Cord-Cutting

I have just released version 2.27 of Photonic. Unfortunately for a variety of reasons this took longer to release than my previous versions, and this is mainly down to a combination of personal and professional factors taking priority. This is mainly an optimization-specific release with the following changes: Removed dependency on jQuery Migrate: Whenever any […]

Photonic Version 2.26 – Adapting to Flickr Changes

Over the past one week Flickr made some undocumented changes to its uploads, so that when a user uploads photos, a few things were changing: Some URL formats stopped being supported. In particular if users were relying on the official documentation, they were likely to be facing some issues. New videos started getting their URLs […]

Kon-Tiki: A Fresh Coat of Paint

After almost 10 years this website features a new theme, Kon-Tiki. I started working on this quite some time back, but various priorities kept pushing this to the back-burner until I finally decided to go ahead and release it live on a couple of my sites. My personal page has had this for over a […]

Photonic Version 2.25 – Minor Release for Google Query Chaining

In version 2.24 of Photonic I had introduced a change to the behaviour for handling the filter attribute for Google Photos. The change I had made would internally make calls to Google so that all listed albums would get fetched. I have generally been against such automated calls, as they tend to hit API rate […]

Photonic Version 2.24 – Better Google Photos Behaviour

I have released version 2.24 of Photonic. This is a minor release with some mid-size changes: Improved Google Photos behaviour Google has the worst-in-class limits on how many photos and albums you can retrieve in one shot, and Photonic has a policy of not making calls to get the remainder of the photos in an […]

4 Months with Gutenberg

It has been almost 4 months since Gutenberg was released (on 6th December 2018) or foisted upon unsuspecting users, depending on your point of view. I had posted about it on my blog earlier as well as on the WordPress Reviews section, but I did want to revisit it now that I have had some […]

Photonic Version 2.23 – Minor Release to Work Around RetinaJS

A common malaise I have seen with multiple themes (particularly those obtained from beyond https://wordpress.org/themes, such as Divi, Avada and a bunch of ThemeForest themes) is the inclusion of buggy scripts from other sources. Such scripts often cause unintended conflicts with well-coded plugins for no fault of the plugins’. One issue that had dogged Photonic […]

Photonic Version 2.22 – Patch for Conditional Inclusion of Scripts

I had made a rather uncharacteristic error in the previous version of Photonic, which necessitated a patch so quickly. I have made version 2.22 of Photonic public today with the following changes: The conditional inclusion of scripts was not working for Gutenberg blocks. This was a careless error on my part, and I have rectified […]

Photonic Version 2.21 – Performance Release

Photonic Version 2.21 is out. The core focus of this release is performance, and there are several pieces that should help here. Conditional and Deferred Loading: Photonic has two main components on the front-end – JavaScript and CSS. In this release I have ensured that the JS for Photonic gets included only on pages where […]