Clean Up WP Box

The Clean Up WP Box contains a few simple options that turn on/off WordPress “features” most sites never use. Unfortunately, these unused items add unnecessary HTML and URL calls to every page of your site, and some even have associated (minor) security vulnerabilities.

If you don’t need to use these functions, it’s in your best interest to turn them off. WordPress doesn’t provide you with a simple way to do that, but the Clean Up WP Box for Thesis makes it easy.

After Installation…

After installing and activating the Clean Up WP Box, the included options will be set according to the following recommended configuration:

  • Emoji: Disabled
  • oEmbed: Disabled
  • WP Rest API: Enabled

If you want to change any of these settings, simply look for the Clean Up WP link in the Boxes dropdown menu in your Thesis Admin. On the resulting settings page, you can turn on/off each of these options as necessary.

Emoji Character Support

Unfortunately, WordPress adds emoji character support in a pretty ham-fisted manner. Their solution involves placing inline JavaScript and CSS in the document <head> on every page of your site.

I understand why WordPress felt the need to implement the solution in this way, but the bottom line remains the same—it stinks.

In my opinion, emoji support is not yet widespread enough to warrant inclusion in this manner. In other words, WordPress has found a reliable way to implement a solution that really isn’t ready for the bigtime…at a small performance cost to every page of your site.

This is acceptable if you use emoji, but if you don’t, it’s unacceptable to burden your site with the code needed to make it happen.

oEmbed

This may be the dumbest, least justified thing WordPress has ever forced upon the masses. Whether you know it (or like it) or not, WordPress adds oEmbed support to your site via code injected into the document <head> on every page of your site.

Notice a trend here? WordPress has moved past asking you and is now deciding what is good and necessary for your site—even when it affects every page!

I happen to disagree with this approach, and that’s why the Clean Up WP Box exists. You should be the one to choose what gets added to your site (and I think you should be apprised of the costs and benefits, too).

We recommend you disable this option due to the performance benefits of doing so.

WP Rest API

The WP Rest API is a powerful tool that some Plugins (or other 3rd party software) use to leverage certain WordPress features and functionality.

You will likely want to enable this functionality, but if you’re hardcore about performance and keeping your site’s code as clean as possible, you may wish to disable it.