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PHP Compress CSS & JavaScript

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Quick snippets for compressing CSS and JavaScript with PHP’s ob_gzhandler, which will gzip or deflate content depending on browser support.

Compress CSS content

To compress CSS content, add the following code to any PHP file (i.e., .php extension):

<?php // compress CSS
	header("content-type: text/css; charset: utf-8");
	header("cache-control: must-revalidate");
	$offset = 365 * 24 * 60 * 60;
	$expire = "expires: ".gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s", time() + $offset)." GMT";
	header($expire);
	if(!ob_start("ob_gzhandler")) ob_start();
?>

<?php // replace this line with as much CSS code as you want ?>

<?php ob_flush(); ?>

Compress JavaScript content

To compress JavaScript content, add the following code to any PHP file:

<?php // compress JS
	header("content-type: text/javascript; charset: UTF-8");
	header("cache-control: must-revalidate");
	$offset = 365 * 24 * 60 * 60;
	$expire = "expires: ".gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s", time() + $offset)." GMT";
	header($expire);
	if(!ob_start("ob_gzhandler")) ob_start();
?>

<?php // replace this line with as much JavaScript code as you want ?>

<?php ob_flush(); ?>

That’s all there is to it, and to further reduce file size, you should run the actual CSS/JavaScript code through the minifier of your choice.

For more information about either of these methods, check out my articles at Perishable Press:


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