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Effective code-minifying tools to increase page load speed of your site!

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11.March.2015| No Comments

Picture this… a new visitor to your site is waiting impatiently for the desired page to open…but his every waiting second is only adding to his distraction and finally he ended up switching to other site before he can actually land up your site’s page…. This is practically a situation most of the site owners have to face, thanks to the extended time their site’s pages takes to load. The extra long codes take a toll on the speed, thus reducing your site viewing experience.

This not only creates a bad impression about your site but it also gets negative marking from Google affecting its ranking. Let’s face it … In this fast moving world, where every customer is looking for fast and handy solution, the speed of your site matters the most. Agreed, different page sizes take its own time to load but we can do our bit at least to reduce the page loading time.

We should know that the major problem associated with page speeds is that of long drawn codes and unnecessary use of spaces, punctuation’s in the HTML, CSS and JavaScript codes.

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So it has gone imperative to minify the code in the best way possible. Minifying the code means removing extra use of space and characters that are not required for the purpose. In any code, the extra space is given for helping the humans to understand it, but believe me it is not at all required by computers. The lesser the code length, more will be the page load speed.

SketchThemes tells you about some effective tools to minimize your CSS, HTML and JavaScript code.

Closure Tools

Closure-Tools

Closure Tools comprises a bunch of tools developed by Google. It includes lots of tools to help speed up your JavaScript code. These include,

Closure Compiler

Closure-Compiler

The Closure Compiler is meant to optimize your JavaScript. It rewrites your code and minimizes the dead space, allowing it to download quicker. It will also check your syntax, variable references, and types, and it will warn about common JavaScript issues.

Closure Linter

Closure-Linter

This tool is very close to Google and effective for your site as it check your files for issues such as operator placement, missing semicolons, spacing, etc.

Closure Stylesheets

Closure-Stylesheets

Closure Stylesheets is an extension to CSS that adds variables, functions, conditionals, and mixins to standard CSS. The tool also supports minification, linting, RTL flipping, and CSS class renaming.

CSS Minifier

CSS-Minifier

CSS Minifier also helps in reducing the spacing, indentation, new lines, and comments from your CSS code and turns your code and website faster. You paste in your code and select Minify. Once your code is minified, you copy and paste it back into your site.

JavaScript Minify Tool

JavaScript-Minify-Tool

Just like the CSS Minifier, you paste in your code, click to minify, and then copy and paste back into your site. There are no settings or adjustments to deal with, making it extremely simple and easy to use.

Online JavaScript/CSS Compressor

Online-JavaScript-CSS-Compressor

This tool minify all your CSS, HTML, and JavaScript using UglifyJS 2, Clean-CSS and HTML Minifier. You can paste or drag your files and click the button. There are lots of options for ensuring compatibility, rebasing URLs, debugging, etc.

You can also minify your code and lighten your CSS and JavaScript files using certain plugins and themes. For Example, the Rational Corporate Responsive WordPress Theme and InstaAppointment – Appointment Booking WordPress Theme by SketchThemes carry the easy coding system to bring your site’s response time to new low, apart from adding the classy look to your website. There are many free plugins also which you can use to reduce your page load time.

Better WordPress Minify

Better-WordPress-Minify

This free plugin will let you combine and minify your CSS and JavaScript files. It improves compatibility with other plugins and themes by using WordPress’s enqueueing system. You can move the enqueued files to the locations you want, such as header and footer, and you can make tons of adjustments in the control panel.

WP Minify Fix

WP-Minify-Fix

This is also a free free plugin you can enable compression of JS, CSS, and HTML, and you can add files to be minified or not to be minified. There are lots of tweaking and tuning options such as JS placement (header or footer), HTML5 sync tags, and more. It will even use pretty URLs. You can also pass extra arguments to the minify engine.

Once you choose to use any of these, do make sure to verify its effectivity by using Google PageSpeed Tools. Also your sites page loading for both desktop and mobile devices. See if you can fare better on this scale.

With the above set of minifying tools and plugins, I am sure you are going to get more users to your site and a better business yield.

Do tell us about your code minifying experiences, or share some important information that you have in this matter.

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Pallavi Dixit
Pallavi is a freelance writer. She skilled in WordPress, technology, and business. When not writing, she's spending time with her family.

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