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  1. steveraven
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I suppose the page speed is better - then it would be if the whole website disappears!

    Unbelievable nightmare of a plugin!

    Updated from 1-star to 2-stars as at least some of the content is now visible. Minus the styling.

  2. Have you considered posting in that plugin's dedicated support sub-forum for help?

    http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/autoptimize

  3. Frank Goossens
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Steve; Autoptimize is not a plug-and-play plugin, in some cases configuration (and trial-and-error) are needed as described in the FAQ. If you want I can guide you through the process.

  4. steveraven
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @Jan - no, I only installed on a whim to see what the rave reviews were all about. Its not essential that I use the plugin.

    @futta - after installation:
    1) Checked all initial settings, website disappeared.
    2) Checked just HTML setting, website disappeared.
    3) Checked just CSS setting, website disappeared.
    4) Checked just JS setting, website disappeared.

    Methinks it's a David Blaine plugin!

  5. Frank Goossens
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    David Blaine? Yeah, guess Autoptimize is magic after all ;-)

    No seriously, don't think I've seen reports about it failing that bad before ... Let me ask you some questions to see if we can get out of that mess;

    1. When you write "website disappeared", do you mean you saw nothing (blank page, even in HTML source) or that your website becomes unusable (some stuff is visible, but nothing really works)?
    2. Can you check your PHP error log, anything about Autoptimize in there?
    3. What stack are you running on; Linux+Apache or Windows+IIS or something less obvious?
    4. Are you running any other caching/ minification plugins?
    5. Can you enable the old minifiers by adding
      define("AUTOPTIMIZE_LEGACY_MINIFIERS","true");

      in your wp-config.php and then try CSS and JS optimization (one after the other) again to see if that changes anything?

  6. steveraven
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    By 'website disappeared', I mean that the url loaded up but the page was blank.

    Running Linux+Apache on GoDaddy

    Using W3 Total Cache

    Might seem a silly question, but where is the php error log?

    After placing the code into wp-config.php:

    Optimize CSS code now works, but JS enabling just gives a blank page again.

  7. Frank Goossens
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Well, CSS works, that's a start at least :-)

    Regarding W3TC; do you use CSS & JS (& HTML) optimization in there? If so, can you disable that (to avoid conflicts)?

    Regarding PHP error log; that depends on the config of your server. A quick web search learned me that GoDaddy PHP error logs are off by default, but you can enable it for a 7-day period.

    Regarding GoDaddy; are you on shared or dedicated hosting? do you know how much memory PHP gets?

  8. Frank Goossens
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Man, how I hate having a one-star-rating ... B-)

    I've been working on 1.8 and have been adding code at least fail gracefully and avoid nasty breakage (blank pages and blank CSS-files).

    So if you happen to read thsi; 1.8.0-test has just been published, I would love it if you could test to see if anything has improved?

  9. steveraven
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Just back on a whim again.

    I'm now running a website that has a SSL certificate, and as we all know, this layer of security can slow up sites to a degree.

    I'm about to give Autoptimize another blast, so I'll let you know what happens!

  10. Frank Goossens
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    exciting times ;-)

    let me know if I can help!

  11. steveraven
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    First the good points:

    The HTML and Javascript options seem to work ok now, giving a speed boost of around 2 according to GTMetrix and Google Page Speed Insights.

    Now the bad points:

    The CSS options are still utter rubbish though not QUITE as bad as when they obliterated the website. Now all the styling disappears but you can still see some of the content.

    Knowing that you don't like one-star ratings, I'll re-assess it to a two-star, purely because the website doesn't totally disappear now, but I have a feeling that I'll be using something else for site speed.

  12. Frank Goossens
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    OK, regarding the CSS; are the optimized files empty, or is there CSS in there? Did you try the "look only in head"-option? could you add ".min" to the comma-seperated "exclude from CSS optimization"-list?

  13. Frank Goossens
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    feel free to provide me with the URL to your site (here or via futtta at gmail dot com), I'll be happy to have a look myself.

  14. steveraven
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I tried every option and combination one by one, all with the same result of a white page with a list of contents.

    Adding ".min" has no effect.

  15. steveraven
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Have just sent an email to make sure you're receiving them.

  16. Frank Goossens
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 11 months ago #

    I am ;-)

  17. steveraven
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Thanks for your help Frank, much appreciated, but the problems with CSS are looking way too complex.

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