Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Minify Your Web Page

If you're optimizing the performance of your website, you should try minifying your Javascript. What I mean is get rid of all the comments, line breaks and other whitespace. You will find a significant difference in the file size for larger Javascript files. Using JsMin can automate the minification of your Javascript but you really ought to read the documentation that they provide before using it. Get JsMin here - you can get both the .EXE executable and the source code.

You might want to try server-side compression configuration so the web server can compress the content before sending it to the browser. Caching is also something you can optimize to work in your favor.

PS: The Google home page is heavily minified - they even use short variable names!

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