7. Review Performance: Use performance testing tools like Google PageSpeed Insights, GTmetrix, or Pingdom to assess the impact of minification on your site’s loading times. You can compare before and after results to measure improvements.
11. Stay Updated: Keep your WordPress, theme, and plugins up to date. Newer versions often come with improved coding practices, and keeping everything current can reduce the need for extensive minification.
14. Review Third-Party Scripts: Third-party scripts like Google Analytics or social media widgets should not be minified since they are hosted externally. Minifying these scripts can cause issues. Be selective when choosing which files to minify.
16. Content Delivery Network (CDN): If you use a content delivery network (CDN), ensure that it can handle minified files correctly. Some CDNs provide automatic minification as part of their services.
17. Periodic Review and Updates: Regularly revisit your minified files, especially after theme or plugin updates. New versions may include performance improvements, and you may need to re-minify your files accordingly.
18. Consider Inline Critical CSS: For above-the-fold content, consider using “critical CSS.” This is a technique where you inline essential CSS directly into the HTML to ensure fast rendering. This way, you can defer the loading of non-critical CSS.
19. Optimize Font Loading: Fonts can have a significant impact on your site’s performance. Ensure that you optimize font loading and use the appropriate font formats to minimize their impact on load times.
20. Security Considerations: While minification itself doesn’t pose security risks, be cautious when including third-party scripts, and only include trustworthy sources. Minify your code after reviewing third-party dependencies for potential vulnerabilities.