Imagine the possibilities if your website could surpass its current performance and achieve optimal speed with just a few tweaks. The solution lies in understanding the power of WordPress’s minify CSS technique that can work wonders for your site’s speed.
What Is A CSS Minification?
CSS minification means removing unnecessary code from CSS files, which makes the file smaller without affecting how it works in the browser. This process helps browsers to download and process CSS files faster, making web pages load quicker and giving users a better experience.
- Faster website speed: By minifying files, you reduce their size, which results in faster website speed.
- Improved user experience: A faster website speed leads to a better user experience, which can result in increased engagement and conversion rates.
- Improved SEO: Website speed is a significant ranking factor for search engines, so a faster website can result in higher search engine rankings.
- Reduced bandwidth usage: By reducing file size, you reduce the amount of bandwidth used, which can result in reduced hosting costs.
Method 1: Using WordPress Plugins
WP Fastest Cache
Step 1: Install and activate the WP Fastest Cache plugin on your WordPress site.
Step 2: Go to the WP Fastest Cache settings page. This can be found in the WordPress dashboard by navigating to Settings → WP Fastest Cache.
Step 3: On the settings page, click on the “Minify” tab.
Step 4: Scroll down to the “CSS Minify Settings” section and turn on the “Minify CSS” option.
Step 5: You can customize the minification options by selecting the “Advanced Options” button.
Step 6: Save the changes by clicking on the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.
Once you have enabled the CSS minification option in WP Fastest Cache, the plugin will automatically minify all the CSS files on your WordPress site.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is another popular WordPress plugin that offers a simple and effective way to minify CSS files on your website. Here are the steps to minify CSS with W3 Total Cache:
Step 1: Install and activate the W3 Total Cache plugin on your WordPress site.
Step 2: Go to the W3 Total Cache settings page. This can be found in the WordPress dashboard by navigating to Performance → General Settings.
Step 3: Click on the “Minify” tab.
Step 4: Under “Minify mode“, select “Manual” and then click on the “Save Settings & Purge Caches” button.
Step 5: Scroll down to the “HTML & XML” section and enable the “Minify HTML markup” option.
Step 6: Next, scroll down to the “JS” section and enable the “Minify JS files” option.
Step 7: Finally, scroll down to the “CSS” section and enable the “Minify CSS files” option.
Step 8: Click on the “Save Settings & Purge Caches” button at the bottom of the page.
Method 2: Manually Minify Files With Online Tools
CSS Minifier: CSS Minifier is a simple tool that can minify CSS files. Simply copy and paste your CSS code into the tool, and it will minify it for you.
HTML Minifier: HTML Minifier is a free solution that can minify HTML files. You can copy and paste your HTML code into the minified advanced dashboard, and it will minify it for you.
If you prefer to minify files using text editors, you can use code editors such as Sublime Text or Atom. Let’s discuss how to minify files using Sublime Text.
To Minify CSS Files, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open your CSS file in Sublime Text.
Step 2: Press Ctrl + A (Windows) or Command + A (Mac) to select all the code.
Step 3: Press Ctrl + Shift + P (Windows) or Command + Shift + P (Mac) to open the Command Palette.
Step 4: Type “Minify” and your preferred snippet will be minified.
In this blog, we have discussed two popular WordPress plugins – WP Fastest Cache and W3 Total Cache – and how to use them to minify CSS files as well as clear the unnecessary cache on your website. Both plugins offer a user-friendly interface and options for customizing the minification settings.
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