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What is Minification?

css minification

Web browsers aren’t concerned about the readability of code, when it comes to generating a page or running a script. In order for the file to be executed, minification strips a code file of all data that isn’t required. With minified files, you don’t need to be decompressed before they can be read, modified or executed. This is so much different from traditional compression techniques. If you are a web developer or web designer, you may need to know further information about CSS minification.

After the code for a web application is written, and before the application is deployed, minification is performed. Minification can result in faster response times and lower bandwidth costs, as it sends the minified version instead of the full version. Nowadays, minification can be widely used in many websites ranging from small personal blogs to multi-million user services.

Minification Techniques and Tools

Minify is one of the more comprehensive minification tools. Minify handles minification, caching, and compression of CSS, HTML and JavaScript files. Minify also offers integration with popular web applications and frameworks including WordPress and the Zend Framework.

HTML minification

If you are looking for performance improvements to websites, you can find the PageSpeed Insights Chrome extension in Google. PageSpeed Insights provides a “Minify HTML” rule which generates a minified version of the open website.

CSS minification

Several online tools provide instant CSS minification, since CSS is less likely to change frequently. To get a quick and simple way to minify CSS, Refresh-SF uses multiple tools to minify CSS, HTML and JavaScript.

JavaScript minification

To create a more efficient copy of any JavaScript file, you can use Google’s JavaScript optimization tool, the Closure Compiler. Usually, a developer will use the Closure Compiler to minify the code and make change to a JavaScript file. For a user’s web browser, they can access the new file in the web server.

Example of Minification

The following code block shows an example of plain HTML and CSS:

<html>
       <head>
               <style>
                 #myContent { font-family: Arial }
                #myContent { font-size: 90% }
</style>
</head>

        <body>

                 <!– start myContent –>
                       <div id=”myContent”>
                       <p>Hello world!</p>
                       </div>
                 <!– end myContent –>

        </body>
</html>

Here are the same codes after minification:

<html><head><style>#myContent{font-family:Arial;font-size:90%}</style></head><body><div id=”myContent”><p>Hello world!</p></div></body></html>

Benefits of Minification

  1. As less unnecessary data needs to be downloaded, users can load content faster. Users experience identical service without the additional overhead.
  2. Lower bandwidth costs as less data is transmitted over the network. Developers no longer send the extra content that users don’t care about.
  3. Lower resource usage since less data needs to be processed for each request. The minified content need to be generated once, but can be used for an unlimited number of requests.

Experience a New Way to Design WordPress Visually with Elementor Page Builder

elementor-page-builder

As a web designer, you will notice that the main differentiator between Elementor and other page builder is template library. This template enables you to work faster and more efficient. So, here are two unique benefits that these features mainly hold:

The Ability to Save Your Collection of Designs
Most of the time, you will see that the work of creating websites usually includes some repeating tasks. This is because a website designer somehow will need to reuse some elements in her previous design.

But don’t worry as with Elementor’s template library, now designers can save any page or section they create. Besides, they can reuse the previous design with a click of button on the same site or any other site.  Furthermore, they can customize the color, typography and design to give it unique touch after adding the saved template.

Using Predesigned Templates
You can also find a set of beautifully predesigned templates and UI kits. These templates will help inspiring a new design as it covers a wide range of subjects. They are architecture, restaurants, fitness and more, and also include different pages: landing pages, homepages, services, contact and about. In fact, the amount of templates will keep increasing in the future, so you will never be lack of ideas.

In addition, you can also experience many interesting features. As the team at Elementor recently released the Pro version of Elementor, such as follows:

  1. Live Forms – The first ever frontend form builder that lets you create any form right on the live editor.
  2. Posts & portfolio – These two handy widgets let you display your posts and works in the most beautiful and diverse ways.
  3. Slides – A speedy, easy to use slider widget that helps you create rotating slides much easier.
  4. Global widget – An advanced feature that lets you place widgets on multiple areas across your site. Change it once, and it instantly updates in all areas.
  5. Embed anywhere – With this feature you can embed Elementor inside sidebars, footers, posts, using the WordPress widget area, the Customizer or shortcodes.
  6. Custom CSS – This feature lets you add custom CSS to sections, columns and widgets, and see it render live.

Speed Up Your Web Workflow with Style Guides

Speed Up Your Web Workflow with Style Guides

Any web designers or graphic designers know that style guide somehow is a bit contrast compared to any traditional static web design layout, like Photoshop. Style guide is a set of elements and components that when used together can form a complete layout or parts of that layout. In fact, because of its scalable and flexible, Style Guide is a perfect tool for building responsive designs. Besides, you can also use the terms ‘style guide’ and ‘design system’ interchangeably, since style guide works best when they form a system for managing existing designs and allowing the production of new ones with ease.

So why should we change from traditional design into style guide? Well, with style guide you will be able to get into the browser quicker and spend less time in desktop design tools. Moreover, with traditional approach, all of clients complain about the static layout will be dismissed. Even though you already try your best to make the final product sometimes type rendering and spacing may change which will make the client feels like they have been misled by the Photoshop.

By having style guides as a design deliverable eradicates these difficult discussions with a client which will automatically speed up your workflow. Here are some elements that make a good style guide.

Type

You can do a lot with style guide typographic hierarchy through covering headings, lists, block quotes and paragraph text. It should also cover any variations within these categories, such as captions, drop caps and any other special typographic treatments, and UI contexts like buttons, navigation and form fields.

Grids and Spacing

The grid systems include both horizontal and vertical layout. It even allows you to rapidly prototype and build layouts without the need to take a lot of time of adjustments to spacing and margins.

Color

Your primary color palette, including the main link colors, actions and element colors (for example, buttons, labels and icons). There will also be colors outside of this palette for circumstances outside of the ideal design state, like error and system messages, and validation.

Modules

Your modules should contain elements such as buttons, form fields, tabs and navigation, as well as collections of elements such as captioned images and blog post meta data. They also include combinations of elements working together – for example an article heading, date and introduction paragraph, a tooltip with a small heading and text, and so on. Ideally your style guide should give you everything you need to design and build a page at a moment’s notice, without having to open up Photoshop or Sketch. In regards to the format, a style guide should be live HTML, categorized in a manner that is easily maintainable for you and any other designers that might come into contact with it.