Today's Word of the Day is "minify" which is, to my surprise, a real word - in American English at least - not one made up by programmers. In general terms it means to make small or smaller but in computer terms it has a more specific meaning: to reduce the size of source to make it load, parse and execute faster.
So next stop is do the same for my CSS.
And once I'm happy that this is reliable I'll drop the ":YUI:" and do it for everything.
Anyway, based on my brief experience to date I can recommend minifying (even if it is an ugly little word).
- By the way for PHP the usual solution is to use a caching accelerator - so the first time a script is invoked it's compiled and the compiled version is then cached by the server. We've used a variety of them on our servers over the years and they do help speed things up.
- As you'll gather yesterday's migraine did go in the end and by 4pm I was, as is pretty typical, champing at the bit to get something done!
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