A client approached me with a WordPress site (100+ pages) that takes over 20 seconds to load. I analyzed the site with lighthouse and other tools and found that there's at least 2mb of useless CSS and other crap loading on the home page.
Looking into the WP setup, it uses an off-the-shelf (theme store) theme with the typical glut of useless crap.
I could go through each page, analyze the unused CSS with browser extensions, then collate the results of those analyses into a (hopefully smaller) theme
style.css This would take hours of repetitive mechanical work, with lots of potential human error.
purifycss are able to statically analyze the final rendered markup for a page and strip the CSS file to only contain used rules. I think it should be very possible to write a plugin that does something like the following on each page load:
- Concat all CSS files together
- Replace all CSS links with the single concatted link
- Render the page
- Run purifycss on the rendered output, saving the minified and optimized CSS to a new file with a hashed name
- Replace the concatted link with a link to the new optimized file
- Serve the page
All of that should happen before the caching plugin.
Does something like this already exist? What about my plan, is it reasonable? Am I ignoring any potential gotchas?