[theme-reviewers] Minified CSS?

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Thu Oct 4 19:19:24 UTC 2012

It would also be a good idea to mention exactly what minifier you used
and any parameters necessary in the readme.txt. This is so that others
can minify it themselves for comparison, or make changes to the dev
version and re-minify, etc.


On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:
> As far as I'm aware, it should be just fine, so long as you provide the
> non-minified version in the Theme package.
> Chip
> On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM, Bruce Wampler <weavertheme at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Just a question about providing Minified CSS files - and specifically the
>> main style.css file (with the standard header still included, of course!)
>> For my theme, if I could provide a minified style.css file, it would
>> result in about 15K total size saving. In the context of an image, that
>> isn't much, but it is also not a trivial amount. (And I really not looking
>> for a debate on why I my theme has a 50K style file - it isn't that hard to
>> do with lots of comments and responsive rules.)
>> As per common practice, one would provide two versions of each minified
>> file: style.css, and style.dev.css. In my tests, the minified file works
>> exactly the same, and doesn't seem to give the Themes admin page any issues
>> since the standard header is there.
>> For my theme in particular, I see two advantages to a minified style.css:
>> 1. It is smaller. (Some of us still have 2G mobile phone service, believe
>> it or not, and even 15K can help on a slow phone connection.)
>> 2. It would discourage users from editing style.css, which is generally a
>> terrible idea - but especially for my theme. The designer either needs to
>> use built-in options from the theme to add custom CSS, or build a child
>> theme.
>> Reasons not to allow:
>> 1. Human unreadable - theme reviewer would have to trust the minified
>> version is the same as the .dev full version. The .dev version or a browser
>> developer tool can be used to examine the rules.
>> 2. Most themes probably don't have 50K style files, so the savings would
>> not usually be all that significant.
>> I don't remember seeing this discussed before, and wondered if it is a
>> permissible thing to do. I know themes and plugins commonly provide dev and
>> minified version of .js files, seems .css isn't that much different.
>> Bruce Wampler
>> Weaver Theme
>> _______________________________________________
>> theme-reviewers mailing list
>> theme-reviewers at lists.wordpress.org
>> http://lists.wordpress.org/mailman/listinfo/theme-reviewers
> _______________________________________________
> theme-reviewers mailing list
> theme-reviewers at lists.wordpress.org
> http://lists.wordpress.org/mailman/listinfo/theme-reviewers

More information about the theme-reviewers mailing list