Return of the Slack

While I find the official WordPress Slack team incredibly useful, the sheer scope of it — over 10,000 users & 66 channels — makes the copy of Slack on my desktop ridiculously sluggish. It’s actually pretty crazy how much lower the RAM usage on my machine is when I remove the WordPress team from the app.

At this point I feel like my options are:

  1. Stop hanging out in WordPress Slack. 😞
  2. Requisition a new work machine with more RAM. For Slack. 😕
  3. Shut up and continue to deal with it. 💩

I’ve gone with a modified version of option #3 thanks to Nativefier. It quickly wraps any site in an Electron shell and creates an executable for your operating system. So now I’ve got an app just for WordPress Slack. My (7) other teams can stay snappy and I can restart the Electron app as needed when RAM gets tight.

And if you’re using a Mac, you can have it too… Just click the image below to grab a (totally unsupported) copy.


Pardon the hastily thrown together icon. It’s this Dribbble shot plus a plain ol’ WordPress logo. To be honest, I wasn’t looking to blow a whole lot of time on this. And I didn’t. So that’s cool.

Hopefully at least one other person finds this useful!





4 responses to “Return of the Slack”

  1. Ahmad Awais Avatar

    Thanks for this one Jason!

    I have had built several such apps with Nativfier. Didn’t think of building one for Slack teams. From the looks of it, this has been a promising experiment. I think I am going to separate all my Slack Teams.


  2. Ahmad Awais Avatar

    Just found out, it has a helper that consumes almost the same amount of memory. So, yes! That’s still beneficial but my initial RAM comparison was wrong.

  3. Jon Brown Avatar

    Wow… seems obvious now, but I wondered why the Slack App kept going all nuclear meltdown periodically…

    The hard things is I _need_ WP core slack because there are a lot of extended WP friends I regularly chat with through it. Giving this a try…


  4. Mika Epstein Avatar

    My only sadness is that this no longer has spellcheck :(