Working on the Stallion Responsive Theme code for the Stallion Responsive 8.5 update to improve overall site performance (site speed is a Google ranking metric, squeezing a few extra milliseconds out of a feature is worth the effort) and struggling to understand the logic behind the WordPress Embed (oEmbed) features (especially since WordPress 4.4). The oEmbed features can generate a lot of what appear to be unnecessary database entries and a lot of external HTTP get requests (though only when the oEmbed cache is created for the first time) : both generally not conducive to improved WordPress SEO performance. Large database tables aren’t a performance issue per se, but if WordPress is adding unnecessary items to the database, WordPress is […]

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