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[resolved] wp-table-reloaded - always loads CSS even when not used (4 posts)

  1. knightnet
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi, I've noted that this plugin always triggers a load for 3 CSS files even though a page is being displayed that isn't using it at all.

    Surely there is a way to ensure that the CSS files are not registered for loading unless the plugin is actually loading a table for display? The load is taking 303ms even from the local browser cache which is a significant amount.

    /wp-content/plugins/wp-table-reloaded/css/plugin.css?ver=1.9.1
    /wp-content/plugins/wp-table-reloaded/js/tabletools/tabletools.css?ver=1.9.1
    /wp-content/plugins/wp-table-reloaded/css/datatables.css?ver=1.9.1

  2. TobiasBg
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    you are correct that the plugin is always loading those CSS files.
    The problem however is that there is no reliable way of detecting whether there will be a table in the page or not. That is because at the time when the CSS files need to be included (in the <head> of the HTML source), the plugin does not yet know, if there will be a table either in the content of a post, or a text widget, or even from a template tag function.
    Therefore it needs to load the CSS in this way.
    (This is different with the JavaScript, which is only loaded if there really is a table. This is possible, because the JavaScript can be loaded near the </body> of the HTML.)

    There is however a manual solution, if you only have a few tables:
    You could use the "HiFi" plugin to add the CSS loading commands manually to posts that have a table. See http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-wp-table-reloaded-page-load-time for more on this.

    Regards,
    Tobias

  3. knightnet
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    OK, thanks for that Tobias.

    I kind of assumed that it would be possible to identify when the plugin was being called and to load the CSS on demand. I'm fairly sure that this could be done using JQuery but would perhaps be too complex.

    I've used W3 Total Cache to minify and combine the required CSS which helps significantly.

    The HiFi suggestion is also interesting and I'll keep in mind - actually it may be useful for another issue I have so thanks! ;)

    It's taken me a long time but I've finally moved my main blog from Blogger (http://it.knightnet.org.uk) to WordPress self hosted & combined it with my other blogs (http://php.knightnet.org.uk & http://linux.knightnet.org.uk) so that I've only one place to post stuff!

    WordPress is so much more flexible that it is well worth the hit on performance that it adds - though to be fair, the performance hit is largely due to the self-hosting on a cheap provider.

    Regards, Julian.

  4. TobiasBg
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Julian,

    well, yes, jQuery would be an option. But I don't really feel that it is good one. Not only would require JavaScript to be loaded, it would also require processing time. It might not be 303ms, but still.
    And what if a user has disabled JavaScript? He will get ugly tables...

    So, using "HiFi" or adding some manual caching/minification should do the trick.

    Best wishes,
    Tobias

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