WordPress has allowed embedding third-party content in posts and on pages for ages. In the classic editor, it was possible to simply paste a link to a popular external service like Twitter, Soundcloud, YouTube, etc. Using a clever format called oEmbed, WordPress could retrieve the linked content from the respective platforms and embed it in its content. Today there are separate blocks for the individual providers in the block editor, but nothing has changed in the basic principle of this mechanism.
The whole thing is perfect for integrating videos, putting tweets in a larger context, or presenting your music. But as is often the case, there’s a downside to it. The negative side effects of embedded content are manifold.Continue reading “Less crappy Twitter embeds please!”