Yes, most WordPress sites are horribly bloated. That doesn't have to be the case though. Here's how I built my own WP theme that allows my homepage to be <100kb with only 4 HTTP requests. Yes, you can make a sustainable site with WordPress. https://chriswiegman.com/2021/04/creating-a-minimal-wordpress-theme-in-the-era-of-gutenberg/
On being "lazy" about software freedom:
Everyone lives a full life. Not everyone gets the same opportunity to pick what fills their life, though. People are busy. They have things they like to do or find easy, & things that are unpleasant or difficult.
People whose life is filled differently than yours, who have different priorities than yours, aren't any more lazy than you are lazy for not picking a more compassionate way to talk about the challenges standing in the way of software freedom.
This sad thing is that this shouldn't have to be a choice at all. The fact that it is speaks to one of the greatest failures of the last 20 years. https://mastodon.technology/@jrss/106115775747086688
Going more private has a lot of old school attitude.
Don't use credit cards, use cash (of course no Apple Pay etc.). Don't use google maps, learn where you need to go and figure it out like you did a decade ago. Don't listen to streaming music, listen to music you downloaded.
What would you do if there was no big tech companies to hold your hand? Will you be lost?
firefox pro tips
TIL about Firefox "profiles" feature and it's almost cooler than containers!
Change your FF shortcuts so that FF is invoked with flags "-no-remote -P".
Create as many profiles as you'd like, set up color themes, etc.
Open FF with "default" profile, check the "Use selected profile without asking at startup" checkbox.
Install "hot dog stand" theme in the default profile; configure it to clear all saved data on exit.
Now whenever you're starting up firefox it will ask you which profile to use. And if some application decides to open a link without asking, it will open in a default profile, with hot dog stand theme so that you will notice that, basically it is almost a private window!
So far it seems to be much more usable than "Temporary Containers" (which are... not quite usable)!
Google's #FLoC will kill third-party cookies (yay) while monopolizing surveillance (boo). The web needs competition, but not competition to figure out how to spy on you. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/04/fighting-floc-and-fighting-monopoly-are-fully-compatible
"individuals must register to use the internet, and authorities can shut off an individual user’s internet access at any time. In short, [...] China’s “social credit,” surveillance, and censorship regimes into the internet’s architecture." https://www.justsecurity.org/75741/chinas-dystopian-new-ip-plan-shows-need-for-renewed-us-commitment-to-internet-governance/
Please help me find a resource detailing privacy issues with Google Chrome in one place other than www.GNU.org's one. Do you know one? I need to write an article which is easy to read to beginners related to that, especially, I am looking for the reasons and the proofs not the alternatives. Thank you, All!
Static sites are great, but they're not for everyone. If you're using them because WordPress is too heavy here's proof that you can fix your WordPress theme. This is from my own WP site with a homepage that weighs a whopping 25kb (compressed). Theme at https://github.com/ChrisWiegman/chriswiegman-theme
If you care about privacy on the web, even if you don't use WordPress, I highly suggest supporting this effort to disable FLoC by default in WP Core and doing so as a security update. With 40% of the web this is sorely needed. https://make.wordpress.org/core/2021/04/18/proposal-treat-floc-as-a-security-concern/
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