Support » Plugin: Autoptimize » Continuation of Autoptimize

  • Resolved pha3z


    I believe this plugin needs to be continued. Total Cache is overkill for some situations and won’t even work in others. It throws out warnings about .htacess if you’re on nginx or don’t have access to apache’s .htacess. If all a person wants to do is combine files with PHP and serve them from PHP, I don’t think Total Cache can do the job.

    For people on managed servers who want to combine files, I don’t think there’s even an option other than Autoptimize. I’ve been reviewing the code for Autoptimize and it definitely looks like everything is served dynamically from PHP so it doesn’t depend on the HTTP server doing URL Rewrites. If I’m correct, this plugin is much needed. There is no alternative for people who don’t want to or can’t do URL Rewriting to cache files.

    Can anyone correct me if I’m wrong on this?

    If I’m right, I’d consider taking over development if I can get some assistance.

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  • I can tell you one thing for certain, this plugin is an absolute necessity if you want certain elements to show up in IE 8 & 9 . . .

    For instance, at my site I use the skysa social bar, it shows up fine on chrome, firefox, safari, but on ie 8 & 9 there are issues with it showing up on some pages & not others, for instance it won’t show up on the front page but shows up on this page but not these types of pages shows up on home blog page but not on the blog pages themselves really strange, but if I use the autoptimize it brings the skysa bar into view on all pages (lord I hate internet explorer!)

    Peace & Blessings . . .
    Linda Lou


    Another gentleman has released a couple CSS and JS concatination plugins. You should look into them.

    Plugin names are:
    Combine CSS
    Combine JS

    Thanks for the info 🙂 but does it work out of the box or am I going to have to jump through any hoops to get it to work, I only need it for css & only to assist with IE issues, I can’t afford to risk my site breaking at this point . . . I use cloudflare to minify everything but for some reason it doesn’t do the trick with the IE issues so “previously” I had tried the autoptimize plugin & it worked but again IE is so fussy, for instance if you don’t have compatibility checked my pricing table looks skewed & if you have compatibility checked then my portfolio pages don’t layout the way they are suppose to, they show up vertical instead of horizontal ~ again, I hate IE . . .

    Combine CSS is about as simple as it gets. I didn’t have any problems. I’m on latest version of WordPress (which everyone should be. not being updated is baaaaad).

    I have tested it with dozens of stylesheets in different directories, even reference files in other directories! Combine CSS automatically rewrites the stylesheet file references when it combines them into a single sheet so that the file references won’t break. I’m the one who requested the feature after I tested the plugin and found that bug. he fixed it within 3 days. I’ve also proofread the source code and its extremely good. If any problems come up, it shouldn’t be hard for the developer to track them down and fix them. He’s a good architect. He made it extendable and I might extend it for my own purposes.

    It doesn’t add any UI stuff at all to the dashboard. You just activate the plugin and it works. Deactivate it to run off the combining effect and everything goes back to default. I don’t see any reason why it should break anything. But you know the drill… you should always backup first just to be safe.

    Plugin Author Frank Goossens


    I’ve used/ tried multiple css/ js optimization plugins, but stick with autoptimize because it converts background-images in the css to data-uri’s, which I have not found other plugins doing.

    I’d be willing to contribute some of the (small) fixes I did against the latest version. Currently fighting the beast to have it not mess up when using Twenty Twelve theme when viewed in IE8.

    “it converts background-images in the css to data-uri’s”

    Are you talking about encoded images that are embedded in the CSS as plain text?

    Plugin Author Frank Goossens


    indeed; the option ‘Generate data: URI’s for images’ under ‘css options’.

    Plugin Author Frank Goossens


    Update; just got Twenty Twelve (and 2012.FFWD, my upcoming ‘high performance Twenty Twelve child theme’) working with Autoptimize without having to change anything in the theme itself 🙂

    Plugin Author Frank Goossens


    Hi pha3z; will you indeed continue work on Autoptimize, or do you in the end consider Combine CSS & Combine JS a better alternative?

    Plugin Author Frank Goossens


    I’ve taken over from Turl to at least push some of my bugfixes and provide some support, but if someone wants to join, feel free to contact me!



    Good news, best of luck futtta.

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