network requests is just plain dumb. And when a person has 23 plugins, that’s 26 files not even including the theme and core.
And now, just as I did then, I don’t disagree with him. But after sharing the post, several different utilities were shared with me each of which aiming to improve this problem.
JJJ‘s WP Enqueue Masher – a fork of an Automattic project – does exactly this.
WordPress Resource Requests
Given that we know WordPress loads quite a bit of information just to load the core application, everything we’re doing is only going to add to that.
This is where WP Enqueue Masher comes into play. As the project page explains:
WP Enqueue Masher for improving WordPress resource requests.
Naturally, this will decrease the number of requests the browser needs to make to load WordPress assets ultimately enhancing the performance of the application.
Implementations of HTTP/2 in the future should improve the performance of things like this Until then, though, I think this is an excellent project and plugin worth installing.
Note, however, that it’s important to check out the README because there are several steps that you’ll need to take to get the plugin completely setup.
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