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CSS Compressor

Discussion in 'Design' started by espmartin, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. espmartin

    espmartin New Member Webmaster

    If you have a very large external CSS file, and want to minimize your down-
    load times, I found a cool CSS compressor that will automatically make your
    file size smaller. Depending on the options you select, you can get the size
    of the file down pretty good. The site is: Code Beautifier: CSS Formatter and Optimiser

    I tried it with all the options set for maximum compression, and after up-
    loading the new file, my site still looks great (didn't break it!), and it
    went from the original size of 11.981KB, to 9.252KB (Compression Ratio: 22.8%
    (-2729 Bytes)). Pretty cool for sites that need it.

    It even provides you with a "message" area that details the changes.
    I've put my original CSS file back, as I like the readability of my coding,
    but again, for sites that would need it, it's cool.
  2. smeagain

    smeagain Distinguished Member Webmaster

    You can be economic with file size by creatively coding your CSS in the first place. One mistake (IMHO) is to assign styles as IDs instead of classes. This is because IDs are by definition unique whereas classes can be repeatedly assigned. With a bit of thought, the size of CSS files can be kept under control from the begining.

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