Ask Yoast: why and how to minify your JS and CSS
We received a question about minification of JS and CSS at Ask Yoast. Besides that, we also get the following question quite often when performing one of our SEO reviews:
“Why and how should I minify my JS and CSS files?”
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Minify your JS and CSS files
A browser, like any other computer program, doesn’t care what the language that it receives, looks like. It doesn’t need the spacing and the comments and all other stuff, that your developer needs to make sense of it all. He needs the structure to get through the code, however the browser has no benefit from that.
Stripping all of that down, actually makes the file that you send to the user a lot smaller. Because when you minify it, you remove all the extra spaces, all the line breaks and all the comments. Stripping all that, can save up to 30-40%, or even 50% of file size in some cases. There really is no benefit of sending that stuff to the end-users, so minifying saves time and money for everyone.
That’s why you should do it. Good luck!”
If you’re on WordPress, there’s a vast amount of plugins that can help you minify your HTML, CSS and JS files. We generally recommend WPRocket for this and some further improvements to speed up your site.
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