A joke rag for Covid-19
This was one of the many, many enthusiastic projects borne of the prodding delirium of the first lockdown.
My long-running co-conspirator and I envisaged a quick-fire, high-class and vaguely-satirical mouthpiece that would repurpose the Hoar’s social media establishment to give solace in a shared experience, to criticise a government riding a wave of popular charitableness, and – naturally – to crack wise.
We opted for a Wordpress backend: its baked-in editorial tooling is (we know from experience) nothing to be sniffed at, plus it’s shared-hosting-friendly.
Initial dreams of a jamstack architecture were dashed once the articles started to pile up and we had other things on, so I settled on a vanilla Wordpress + ACF frontend. Accordingly, performance is terrible.1
- Lighthouse scores are pretty good – the trouble is ‘Initial Server Response Time’, i.e. my cheapskate hosting can’t manage even a fairly slimmed down WP installation.↩