You can also improve the speed of your Web site through minifying —
involves taking all the files of your Web site and reducing the size by
doing things like
✦ Removing all line breaks and spaces in the file.
✦ Removing all code comments in the file.
✦ Removing unnecessary characters in the file.
✦ Using code shorthand, where possible, to decrease the amount of
characters in the file.
✦ Combining the files into one file, wherever possible; therefore, instead of
making them load faster on your Web site. Obviously, adjusting each of the
existing files on your site to make them smaller would take quite a lot of time
and programming skills that you may or may not possess. Therefore, you
may prefer to use a plugin or program to adjust these files. A good plugin or
program used to minify files can reduce the file to 30–40 percent of its original
size, which greatly improves the response time of your Web site.
Use a WordPress plugin (such as W3 Total Cache (http://wordpress.org/
extend/plugins/w3-total-cache) that has a feature that minifies files,
the original files intact so they are easily readable and editable by you.