When the changes you made doesn’t shows on the site, clear cache. Most of the time it’s the cache, don’t think too much about others. Better yet, if you are updating the site, deactivate cache/optimization plugins and then clear cache again after update.

I think I will bypass the widget Gutenberg for now. Everything were ready, but I think holding the hand brake now better. It’s getting buggier and really not that user friendly yet… Why grouping? Why widget group? When it’s within group, it’s not easy to edit then, some widget doesn’t work when in a group.

WordPress cannot not load some legacy Javascript or CSS, this is a mass market application, it needs to cater to all version. Trust me, many are not updating anything in their dashboard, let alone WordPress version update. These legacy scripts and styles are what seems to be pulling down WordPress and eating up resources for no reason for minority users.

It’s a great irony to know that many security plugins has vulnerability issue from time to time. It’s time to actually research and find one that actually work well most of the time.

I cannot seems to find any other tricks than a cache/optimization plugin. WordPress and its plugins are just adding too much resources into it. There should be a way WordPress load according to pages itself, there shouldn’t be any plugins to help it, it’s been years we know that WordPress has been loading everything and hogging the server resources.

Played and understanded the Gutenberg widget now. But not planning to release it for the themes yet. I don’t think it’s a good idea yet for such editor on a sidebar. There is this little annoying thing on Gutenberg, the shifting elements when clicked and menu appearing. Not sure if developers even look into such tiny annoyance.

I think most plugins works with PHP8 now, some may have notification, but I think the backward compatibility works just fine with it. Can’t feel the speed, but it’s good to know we can use the latest version.