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Accurately testing speed performance asset combining plugin [Vanilla 2021.009]


So I've tried writing a plugin that combines, minifies and compresses JS and CSS files used by Vanilla.

(Basically the same idea as https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/consolidate-plugin)

It reduces the number of seperate requests quite a bit, as well as cutting the bandwith by gzipping minified files. Theoretically this should increase page speed.

However, it introduces some overhead - although I've tried my best to keep it at a minimum. This obviously decreases page speed.

Anyone an idea how to test which factor 'wins' out in the end? I don't have an active forum to test it on, but if the effect is negligable then the plugin has no point, and I'd rather not add it to the addon library in that case.

(for those interested, the test version is available on github https://github.com/TMSSassen/AssetCompressor)


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