[heads up] Autoptimize 2.3 coming with new features, last call for testers

With the last release almost 6 months in the past, it’s high time for a new Autoptimize release. And what a release that will be my friends!

Here are the most important features/ improvements (most new options are on a separate tab, “Extra” to keep things organized as seen in the screenshot);

  • Google fonts; remove (not new), but also “combine & link” and “combine and load async” (with webload.js), intelligently preconnecting to Google’s domains to limit performance impact even further
  • Async JS, can be applied to local or 3rd party JS (if local it will be auto-excluded from autoptimization)
  • support to tell browsers to preconnect (= dns lookup + tcp/ip connection + ssl negotiation) to 3rd party domains (depends on browser support, works in Chrome & Firefox)
  • remove WordPress’ Core’s emoji CSS & JS
  • remove (version parameter from) Querystring
  • support to clear cache through WP CLI
  • a significant amount of bugfixes done by some seriously smart people via GitHub (thanks all!!), including a fix for the main bug in AO 2.2.x which saw the HTML minifier go PacMan on spaces in some circumstances

If you want to test AO 2.3, you can download the zipfile from GitHub here. I would love your feedback!

Happy end-of-year to all, who knows we can wrap up AO 2.3 nicely, ribbon and all, for New Years? :-)

AO extra feature-complete, testers needed

I just committed what I consider the last feature to be added to AO Extra; the optimization of Google Fonts, with the choice between:

  • “remove”
  • “aggregate and link”, where the Google Font CSS might still render-blocking but there will be no “flash of unstyled fonts”)
  • “aggregate and load asynchronous with webfont.js” will not be render-blocking, but might lead to that dreaded “flash of unstyled fonts”

Next step before merging AO Extra with Autoptimize to become AO 2.3; testing. And that’s where I need your help;

  1. Download the AO Extra zip-file from Github
  2. go to Plugins -> Add New -> Upload Plugin
  3. Click “browse” and select the zip-file you downloaded in (1)
  4. Click “Install now”
  5. Click “Activate”
  6. Go to Settings -> Autoptimize -> Extra
  7. Test
  8. Give generic feedback below or file bugs in the projects Github Issues

If all goes well Autoptimize 2.3 could be release before we have to wave 2017 goodbye :-)

Another Autoptimize Experiment; Extra’s

So with that nice little page cache experiment concluded, I started working on something that will definitively be included in the next version of Autoptimize; Extra Auto-optimizations!

You can read all about it below or you can skip all of that and immediately download the zipfile of the “AO Extra power-up” from the Github repository.

The 3 features available now;

  • remove Emoji’s
  • remove (version parameter from the) query string (not that big a deal, from a load time perspective, but still)
  • the ability to have Autoptimize add the async attribute to the local or 3rd party JavaScript (local JS-files will be excluded automatically if added here).

There’s one extra feature that will very likely be added; optimize Google Fonts (because removing them is considered harsh, apparently).

Do download, do test and do let me know if anything is broken in the comments or via my contact form. And If you have other ideas for extra features, do let me know too!

Small experiment; Autoptimize with page cache

So I integrated a page cache (based on KeyCDN Cache Enabler) in Autoptimize, just to see how easy (or difficult) it would be. Turns out it was pretty easy, mostly because Cache Enabler (based on Cachify, which was very popular in Germany until the developer abandoned Cachify) is well-written, simple and efficient. :-)

No plans to release this though. Or do you think I should?

Music from Our Tube; Aimee Mann live on KEXP

Ever since I saw Magnolia I’ve been a fan of Aimee Mann. Not that I know all her songs, not that I listen to her music that regularly, but every time I do I regret having waited that long. Anyway, she’s still going strong with high-quality songwriting about the not-so-pleasant aspects of life. This is her in the KEXP studios in July 2017, enjoy!
Aimee Mann – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)
Watch this video on YouTube.

Sucuri, TTFB and Google ranking

Sucuri writes about their pov on performance:
We focus on useful metrics to optimize speed, like total time, not first byte or server response time.
Whereas Neil Patel writes:
When you’re in the weeds of optimizing your site speed, play smart. Instead of trying hard to push down your document complete, start rendering, or fully loaded page load time metrics (all of which are important), focus on the highest-impact metric first: TTFB.
Where TTFB = time to first byte. Needless to say I’m with Neil on this!