About the CSS Minification Test
A simple tool meant to help site owners verify if their CSS files are minified. Either they are site resources or external resources our tool will identify every script and check if it is minified.
To use our tool simply insert the link to your webpage and hit the "Analyze" button. A list of unminified files will be dsiplayed if they are found.
How uncompressed CSS files affect page speed?
Uncompressed CSS with a large file size can rise a number of concerns that web owners must take into account when they optimse their search results: slower downloads, parsing and rendering, render blocking resource and mobile performance.
- Slower Downloads: Bigger CSS files result in slower download times. Visitors may experience delays while waiting for the CSS to load, which can lead to a poor user experience and higher bounce rates. Search engines take into account page load times, and slower loading pages can negatively impact your SEO rankings.
- Parsing and Rendering: Uncompressed CSS files take longer for browsers to parse and render. The browser must process unnecessary characters and complex code structures, which can delay the rendering of the webpage. Users may see a blank or partially rendered page, creating a frustrating experience.
- Render-Blocking: CSS files are render-blocking resources, meaning that the browser must fetch and process them before rendering the page. Uncompressed CSS exacerbates this problem, as it extends the time it takes for the browser to start rendering content.
- Mobile Performance: On mobile devices, which often have limited processing power and slower connections, the impact of uncompressed CSS files on page speed is more pronounced. Slow-loading pages on mobile can lead to higher bounce rates and lower mobile SEO rankings.
How can Minified CSS files boost performance?
CSS is vital for adding an artistict and pleasing to the eye nuance to webpages but as the complexity of the project grows so does the CSS resource. When minifying or compressing these files certain aspect are diminished or completely removed to reduce redundancy and unused/irrelevant blocks of code. .
A simple way to see the outcome of the minification process is to check the file size before and after. For large files it can be easly seen that the size is substantially reduced. This alone is the aspect that will help browsers load and deliver content faster for the users which are less likely to close the webpage due to high loading time.
Why does page speed matter in SEO?
User behaviour is always the answer regarding speed in SEO. They tend to abandon quickly the page if the load time will exceed their expectations. A longer loading time can and will mostly result in users leaving the page before actually interacting with it. This not only contributes to a poor user experience but also sends a signal to search engines that your content may not be as valuable or relevant as that of your competitors. Consequently, your rankings in search results may suffer.
How can I check if CSS files are minified?
The hard way to do this is to manually check the files your webpage loads via the Developer Tools.
- Right click anywhere on the page and select "Inspect Element".
- If the "Elements" tab of the window is not already oppened, click it.
- Navigate to the head section of the page.
- CSS files are loaded using the <link> tag and it looks like this:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="path/to/css/file.css">
- If the "href" attribute does not contain the domain of the website copy the href contents and paste it next to the web domain in order to get the full path of the file.
- Open a new tab with the full path.
One way to check compressed css files is to look for line breaks. They are usually written in one single line of code so every part of code should be next to another. Another way is to look at the full path of the file. Minifiers usually rename them adding "min" at the end of the path "minified-css-file.min.css".
To avoud all the troublesome work described above, you can use a Minified CSS Chekcer like this one to check ALL your resources for minification.