Category Archives: Website Plugins

Minifying a website can be ridiculously time consuming, unless you do this.

We all want our websites to load fast.

I’m sure you’ve bailed from slow loading websites, while the spinner spins, and you look at your watch wondering how long it will take for the web page to load… you revert to contemplating the meaning of life… and wait… no!  You don’t have time for that!  And you click the back button, and try a different site.

In trying to speed up a website, one of the relatively easier tasks of satisfying the recommendations of Google PageSpeed Insights, is to “minify” your web pages.

Minifying is the process of stripping any unused white-space and comments from the HTML, CSS, and Javascript in your web pages and any supporting resource file.

And for the do-it-yourself web person, to minify a web page, you basically copy all of the HTML and paste it into a minfication web service (see example).  Pretty easy right?

At first, you think “yeah, this is a piece of cake”!

But then you realize, “oh, I have to do this for 53 HTML, 16 CSS files, 8 Javascript files”… and a half an hour later you’re done.

But wait! The hassle isn’t over!

You realize that you certainly can’t overwrite your original web pages!  So you’ve got to keep a separate copy of your website, with just your minified pages and resources.  Because, if you overwrite your original files, you will NEVER be able to effectively edit them again in your website editor (Dreamweaver, Expression Web, etc) because the minification process strips all of the web editor specific instruction code from all of your pages.

Bummer.

Never mind, it would then be impossible to switch to code view to try to modify any HTML manually.

So, the next time you make a change in your menu, you have to re-minify all 53 of your pages, all over again, and re-upload them up to the server.  UGH.

Wasted time.  And time is too valuable to be wasting on such a mundane task.

What if there could be an easier way.  One that didn’t mess up your original files or require you to keep a separate copy of your website.  A way that minfied everything for you without you having to manually re-minify and manually re-upload your changed files.

Well, there is.  And it’s freaking fantastic.

It’s called Accelerator.

Accelerator is a website plugin that minifies your HTML web pages, CSS and Javascript files, all for you, automatically, on the fly, just by turning it on.

Installation takes maybe 5-10 minutes, and then you’re done.  It’s that easy.

But the super awesome thing about Accelerator is that it doesn’t stop at minifying your web pages.  It also works to satisfy all of the other recommendations of Google PageSpeed Insights.  Accelerator defers render-blocking resources, optimizes images, minifies content, enables browser caching, and gzip compression, all on the fly, without every changing your original website files.

And it can take your Google PageSpeed scores from 35% to 95% in minutes.

If you need to save time and need to have a fast loading website, Accelerator is THE tool to get the job done.

So you can go back to doing what is really important to you.  You know, life.

Weekly Recap – December 16 – RASA and ACCELERATOR

As we approach the end of the year, this week at i3dTHEMES has all been about “cleanup”. Between getting RASA ready for production, and working to continually improve the ACCELERATOR website plugin, our focus this week has been about refining our latest amazing products.

The week started off with a bit of a rush, so to speak, as we had to work on the image compression routines of ACCELERATOR, as over the weekend it seems that Google changed their PageSpeed Insights platform and how it measured image compression and optimization. We had that tidied up by Wednesday, and then continued to work on the refinement of the Critical CSS builder engine.

Weekly Recap – December 9 – Accelerate YOUR Website

Last week we were thrilled to announce the launch of Accelerator. Accelerator makes Google PageSpeed optimization EASY, and just cranks up your Google PageSpeed score. This week we had the opportunity to install Accelerator for a client and was excited to take them from about 35% to 92%. Sweet!

In this weeks recap episode, I also share where Colin is in his development process for Rasa, along with what else he’s been working on.