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Smaller: faster websites

Could your website load faster?

The answer is – if you just exported your site from RapidWeaver – yes!
The solution is  'Smaller'  app from Chen Lou.

Smaller will strip out unnecessary code from HTML, PHP, CSS and JavaScript. Depending on the theme you are using, an HTML page from RapidWeaver can be reduced by 25% or more.
What happens, I hear you ask — compare these two screenshots:

Standard RapidWeaver Output

Smaller Output

All Comments and empty lines have been removed, leaving nothing for the browser to filter when rendering your site. The same thing happens with each and every 'web' file. You can drop a whole RW-export folder on to Smaller's main window (or the Dock Icon) and in next to no time, you have a compacted website.

If you have stripped out the colour-profiles from your .jpgs, compressed them to the (acceptable) limit and saved them at the correct size too, visitors to your site will thank you! 
If you don't know Photoshop so well, I highly recommend using Image Optim. You can drop your export folder onto Image Optim too.

Here are the settings I've used for 'Smaller':

  • Choose the file formats that you wish to compress.
  • Output filename should remain the same as input.
  • Output to the same folder.
  • Minify only, do not obfuscate.

Please note that you should publish your site manually using Transmit or Cyberduck, etc.

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