an experimental option to provide “fallback autoptimized CSS and JS”; in some cases a cached version of the HTML links to autoptimized CSS/ JS that was already removed. if you enable that option, Autoptimize will try to intercept those requests and redirect them to fallback versions to limit the breakage. the option is default off for now, but might become default on at a later stage.
For this purpose Autoptimize hooks into template_redirect and will redirect to fallback Autoptimized CSS/ JS if a request for autoptimized files 404’s.
For cases where 404’s are not handled by WordPress but by Apache, AO adds an ErrorDocument directive in the .htaccess-file redirecting to wp-content/autoptimize_404_handler.php. Users on NGINX or MS IIS or … might have to configure their webserver to redirect to wp-content/autoptimize_404_handler.php themselves though, but those are smart cookies anyway, no?
The title says it all; I just pushed the first beta of Autoptimize 2.7 which has some small fixes/ improvements but which most importantly finally sees the “Autoptimize CriticalCSS.com power-up” fully integrated.
Next to the actual integration and switching to object-oriented for most (but not all) of AOCCSS files, there are some minor functional changes as well, most visible ones being buttons to clear all rules and to clear all jobs from the queue.
I hope to be able to release AO27 officially in April, but for that I need the beta thoroughly tested off course. Most important part to test is the critical CSS logic obviously, so if you have the power-up running, download/ install the beta and simply disable the power-up to have Autoptimize fill that void (if the power-up is active, AO refrains from loading it’s own critical CSS functionality).
I just released AO26, which comes with a bunch of new features, improvements and bugfixes.
New: Autoptimize can be configured at network level or at individual site-level when on multisite.
Extra: new option to specify what resources need to be preloaded.
Extra: add display=swap to Autoptimized (CSS-based) Google Fonts.
Images: support for lazyloading of background-images when set in the inline style attribute of a div.
Images: updated to lazysizes 5.2.
CSS/ JS: no longer add type attributes to Autoptimized resources.
Improvement: cache clearing now also integrates with Kinsta, WP-Optimize & Nginx helper.
Added “Critical CSS” tab to highlight the criticalcss.com integration, which will be fully included in Autoptimize 2.7.
Batch of misc. smaller improvements & fixes, more info in the GitHub commit log.
The release has been tested extensively (automated unit testing, manual testing on several of my own sites and testing by users of the beta-version on Github), but as with all software it is very unlikely to be bug-free. Feel free to post any issue with the update here or to create a separate topic in this forum.