Ramblings

BuddyPress, Peepso and others are not viable WordPress Social Network plugins

I was asked today to install Peepso for someone who wanted a private social network.

Aside from the obvious points of how this is a terrible idea there is an even bigger problem.

I pointed out that these WordPress installs are awful and should never be used in production.

After this he asked “Why?” To which I replied “It uses only Ajax for everything” As you can guess he then replied “Ajax?”

My final statement was: “Yes, Ajax. It allows for the notifications and chat you see, however, all of these plugins means a page opens about 3 Ajax connections and many browsers, including Chrome, limit number of Ajax connections in a single browser session to 6 which means someone can only have your page open on two browser tabs…”

More than one WordPress developer obviously did not know that to create a set of plugins that cannot get around that problem, this is why WordPress developers are rarely web developers.

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