[development] websiteoptimization.com css size

Khalid B kb at 2bits.com
Thu Jan 5 20:34:40 UTC 2006

I agree with Ber completely, and I reported this before too.

My experience that most users are unique, and hence caching of css is
not applicable. As a result, .css files are real bandwidth wasters (at
one point drupal.css was 12% of my bandwidth, with 8% going to my
theme's style).

As a sort of workaround, I compress the CSS from drupal.css as well as from
my theme, using one of these:


I keep the original around or course, in case I need to make modifications,
diffs with newer releases, ...etc.

On 1/5/06, Bèr Kessels <ber at webschuur.com> wrote:
> Op donderdag 05 januari 2006 14:58, schreef andre:
> > CSS files are, of course, cached client side on the very first page view
> > and *Shouldn't* be downloaded time and time again. Yes they can be
> > large - and could use some pruning - but its not a real performance issue.
> I reported this before too.
> ON my server, apparantly, 75% (more even) is a one time visitor. Drupal.css is
> always in the top 10 of most bandwith eating files.
> But too much has been said about this. I beleive nothing will happen to that
> drupal.css file. All threads, all patches, all projects on this died in a
> heated debate. We will have to get to live with it :) /end music
> bèr

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