Monthly Archives: December 2013

Coming up: Autoptimize 1.8 with API and inlined CSS

I’ve been working on a new Autoptimize version over the last couple of weeks and consider it largely finished now. The following features are in:

  • Optionally inline all CSS as suggested by Hamed (warning: can result in improved pagespeed-score but lower page speed! I’ll write a blogpost about when to use and not to use this one shortly)
  • Simple API Set of filters to provide a simple API (including example code) to change Autoptimize behavior to
    • conditionally disable Autoptimize on a per request-basis
    • change the CSS- and JS-excludes
    • change the limit for CSS background-images to be inlined in the CSS
    • define what JS-files are moved behind the aggregated one
    • change the defer-attribute on the aggregated JS script-tag
  • Improvement: updated upstream CSS minifier
  • Improvement: switch default delivery of optimized CSS/JS-files from dynamic PHP to static files
  • Improvement (force gzip of static files) and bugfix (force expiry for dynamic files, thanks to Willem Razenberg) in .htaccess
  • Bugfix: fail gracefully when things go wrong (e.g. the CSS import aggregation gone haywire resulting in empty aggregated CSS-files that was reported by Danka)
  • Bugfix: stop import-statements in CSS comments to be taken into acccount as seen by Joseph from blog-it-solutions.de
  • Bugfix: fix for blur in CSS breaking as reported by Chris of clickpanic.com
  • Updated translations

Some more testing and a couple of translations are still to be updated and we’re good to go for a release early January. You’re welcome to join in on the fun off course; download the test-version here and let me know what works and -more importantly- what is broken!

Blank Yoast SEO sitemaps no more!

yoast_thumbsIf you’re using both Autoptimize and WordPress SEO by Yoast, you might have noticed blank sitemaps in your browser. With the help of Vance Hallman and Armand Hadife, I have been able to isolate and fix this rather interesting bug.

I pretty soon saw that It actually wasn’t the sitemap XML, but the XSL (XML stylesheets, browsers use those to make XML readable) that was wrecking havoc. This means that although you couldn’t see them in your browser, the sitemaps themselves were not broken and could still be used by search engines.

But then why was the XSL broken? Well, Yoast’s WordPress SEO generates the sitemap XML and XSL on the fly, hooking into WordPress’ template_redirect action, according to the source-code to “Hijack requests for potential sitemaps and XSL files”. Autoptimize hooks into the same action, finds JavaScript in the XSL (jQuery tablesorter actually) to optimize, and injects the minimized script with a boolean defer-attribute back in the HTML. The problem; it’s not HTML, it’s XSL with HTML in it. And a defer attribute on a script-tag is not valid XML, so the XSL does not validate so the browser can not render the sitemap, resulting in the blank page you might have seen.

Although fiddling with the defer-attribute could solve the issue, I think it’s not a good idea for Autoptimize to try to optimize non-HTML resources as it isn’t WordPress’ core functionality either, so I changed Autoptimize to not act on non-HTML content (i.e. without an HTML-tag or with an xsl:stylesheet-tag). This change is in the upcoming 1.7.3 release, it will be pushed live tomorrow.

French music from Our Tube; Moodoïd is the mountain

Not sure where I heard it, but I found this one sitting in my Shazam tags;

Moodoïd – Je suis la montagne

Watch this video on YouTube.

“Je suis la Montagne” by Moodoïd. soothing French psychedelica with some Tame Impala to it (the lead Impala mixed the song, actually). The song is part of an EP which you can listen to on Soundcloud.

Facebook force-feeding Messenger, going mobile web instead

So Facebook wants me to install yet another permissions-greedy app just to read messages? That is so frustrating! So no, don’t think so guys. I’m putting Facebook back into the (slightly) safer sandbox that is the mobile web;
facebook forces users from app to web

So thanks for reminding me why I love my mobile browser that much Facebook!