(the “Last updated: 19 hours ago” is due to an update of the tags in the readme.txt, 2.3 is not out yet)
Today Autoptimize officially passed the threshold of 200000 active installs. w00t!!
Yesterday evening I released Autoptimize 2.1 and the first Power-Up to manage critical CSS has been made available as a optional service over at criticalcss.com. This short video explains some of the logic behind the Autoptimize Critical CSS Power-Up:
How to fix render-blocking CSS in WordPress
Watch this video on YouTube.But let’s not forget about Autoptimize 2.1! The new features include:
- Autoptimize now appears in the admin-toolbar with an easy view on cache size and the possibility to purge the cache (thanks to Pablo Custo)
- A “More Optimization”-tab is shown with info about optimization tools- and services.
- settings-screen now accepts protocol-relative URL for CDN base URL
- admin GUI updated and responsiveness added
- If cache size becomes too big, a mail will be sent to the site admin
- power-users can enable Autoptimize to pre-gzip the autoptimized files with a filter
- new (smarter) defaults for JS and CSS optimization
Seems like the wordpress.org plugin pages, after recent improvements to the ratings-logic, now got an even more important update. They now use “active installations” as most important metric (as has been done on drupal.org module pages for years), with total number of downloads having been relegated to the stats page. That stats page got a face-lift as well, featuring a graph of the active versions: In case you’re wondering what the source of that “active installations” data is, I was too and reached out to plugin-master Otto (Samuel Wood, who replied;
[The source data comes from] plugin update checks. Every WP install asks for update checks every 12 hours or so. We store a count of that info.