Imagine that you went to a restaurant to order a meal, and your waiter told you it would take two hours for your burger to cook. When you ask why, he answers that the kitchen still has a lot of inefficiencies they need to work through. Would you wait? Probably not. What goes on inside the kitchen isn’t your concern. You want your food delivered hot and fresh.
What Does it Mean to Minify Code?
To minify code means to take out any unnecessary characters that the code doesn’t need to run your website. These characters are added because they make the code readable for humans, but they don’t need to be there for your website to load correctly.
By minifying your code, you can speed up page load times and please your visitors and Google. The things that are removed include:
- New line characters
- White space characters
- Block delimiters
It’s important to point out that minification is not the same as compression. (We get that question a lot!) With compression, the code is smaller than the original and requires an un-compression step. This adds time. Minified code does not have this extra step and can be run as is.
How is Minification Done?
If you do choose to do this step on your own, we highly recommend keeping your original code with all comments and formatting. This way, if you need to look back at the code, it will be there. Also, while you are minifying the code, be sure to save backups often. Test your site using Google’s PageSpeed Tools so that you can keep track of how fast your site is.
Minifying code can make or break your website. To learn more about this process and how it can help your website run faster and rank higher, contact Magna Technology today.