Performance team meeting summary – November, 2 2021

@justinahinon led the meeting. You can also read the Slack logs.

Performance team resources/reading materials

If this is the first time you are hearing about the WordPress performance team, here are some links to get you started:

Defining focus areas and working groups

Since the initial post on the proposal to create the team, there have been additional ideas on what it should work on. We need a bit of prioritization. Of course all performance work is important, and all contributions are welcome, as always.

To have a guideline for the next steps, the attendees decided to choose in the spreadsheet mentioned above from the aspects that have the highest number of interested contributors. These topics will be organized in working groups, that will be discussed during the weekly meetings.

Here are the working groups:

  • Images: Serving images in good quality but as small as possible
  • JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. Optimizing JavaScript orchestration
  • Site Health: Providing the user with data to understand performance
  • Measurement: Compiling data and analysis, and reporting on performance

To make sure we are making steady progress, we asked for at least one volunteer per working group to commit to attending weekly meetings to give updates on what is being done, and possibly how other contributors could help. Here’s the thread on Slack where you can express your interest in doing so.

Next steps for this team

The next steps for the team and the working groups are the following:

  1. Define the logistics for each group (tracking, POCs etc.)
  2. Kickoff meeting for each 4 area

If you are interested in exploring or helping with one of these, please feel free to add their .org username in the Focus Area speadsheet.

Open Floor

Several ideas were brought up during the meeting, about the organization of the team, potential tools or ideas for exploration. Here are some of them:

About tooling/documentation/information about performance and monitoring

About some work that is already being done for performance

@audrasjb is doing some work for the Site Health focus. Audras is working on a feature plugin on Benchmarks in Site Health, number of CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets./JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. assets loaded.

Thanks @francina and @tweetythierry for the peer review

#meeting, #performance, #performance-chat, #summary