JCH logoYour Joomla website, probably like most if not all websites, contains many, many files that "make" your website function.

There are CSS files (Cascading Style Sheets), php files, javascript files.

Joomla itself, and installed extensions, will have these files.

Every-time your website is loaded into your site visitor's browser, the required files have to be loaded.

If there are several files of each file type this loading of multiple files takes time and is one aspect that determines to one extent or another how fast your website loads. Remember waiting for that rotating loading symbol ?

We can reduce the number of files loaded by combining them into the minimal quantity possible. Ideally, this will be one file. realistically this may be one or two files of each file type. This is file optimisation.

So when your visitor views a page the loading speed is reduced. Great news. Your visitor is not so likely to get fed up waiting.

This is a package that is highly configurable with multiple levels of optimisation.

Linking SmallJCH Optimize provides this package to achieve file optimisation by combining files.

Available are two types:

  • Core (Free)
  • Pro (Paid)

The table below gives you a comparison of JCH Optimize Professional version versus Free version features.

As with all extensions, components and plugins - this one also gets updated to reflect new and changing practices and developments.

The comparison table below is based on version: 7.3.3 - the latest available as of: 04th December 2022.

Where there may be any discrepancy between this article and the developer's official website - you are advised to consult Linking SmallJCH Optimize where you can download the free version, have a read, as well as ask the developer pre-sales questions.

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Features Core
(Free)
Pro
(Paid)

Combine CSS Files

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Exclude CSS Files

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

Minify CSS

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Exclude menu items

Selectable options are:
1) 'By URL'
2) 'By menu selection'

Yes Yes

Replace @imports in CSS

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Include in-page CSS

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Exclude CSS files from specific (named) extensions

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

Exclude individual Internal STYLES Declarations

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes
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Features Core
(Free)
Pro
(Paid)

Exclude ALL internal STYLE declarations

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Remove CSS Files

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

Enable Combine Files

Yes Yes

Optimise .htaccess file

Yes Yes

Order plugin

Yes Yes

Generate new cache key

Yes Yes

Clean cache

Yes Yes

Add image attributes

Yes Yes
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Features Core
(Free)
Pro
(Paid)

linkSprite generator

Yes Yes

linkSprite build direction options (x2)

Drop down list of options are:
1) 'Vertical'
2) 'Horizontal'

Yes Yes

linkSprite Generator - wrap images

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

linkSprite Generator - exclude images from sprite

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

linkSprite Generator - include additional images in a sprite

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

HTTP/2 push

Yes Yes

CDN / Cookieless domain options

Max.
1
domain

Max.
3
domains


CDN / Cookieless domain - Scheme options (domain 1)

Drop-down choices are:
1) 'Scheme relative'
2) 'HTTP'
3) 'HTTPs'

Max.
1
domain
Max.
3
domains
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Features Core
(Free)
Pro
(Paid)

CDN / Cookieless domain static file types to include.

Individually selectable per domain - Domains 1, 2 and 3

Checkbox choices are:
1) 'CSS'
2) 'png'
3) 'gif'
4 ) 'ico'
5) 'pdf'
6) 'js'
7) 'jp(e)g'
8) 'bmp'
9) 'webp'
10) 'svg'

Max.
1
domain
Max.
3
domains

linkLazy Load Images

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

linkLazy load images - lazy load iFrames

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

linkLazy load - exclude images

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

linkLazy load images - auto size images

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

linkLazy load images - lazy load background images

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

linkLazy load - audio / video

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

linkLazy load - exclude given folders

(Type or select some options)

No Yes
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Pro
(Paid)

linkLazy load - exclude these classes

(Type or select some options)

No Yes

linkLazy load - Enable effects

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

Optimise CSS delivery

Yes Yes

Optimise CSS delivery

Number of elements selectable from 4 pre-set settings in drop-down list:

1) '200 elements'
2) '400 elements'
3) '600 elements'
4) '800 elements'

Yes Yes

Debug plugin

Yes Yes

Combine Javascript files

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Minify Javascript

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Include in-page Javascripts

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes
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Features Core
(Free)
Pro
(Paid)

Include in-page Javascripts

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Defer or load Javascript asynchronously

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Exclude Javascript while preserving execution order

Exclude Javascript files from extensions

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

Exclude Javascript while preserving execution order

Exclude Javascript files

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

Exclude Javascript while preserving execution order

Exclude individual internal SCRIPT declarations

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

Exclude Javascript while preserving execution order

Exclude ALL internal SCRIPT declarations

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Exclude files without maintaining the original execution order of files on the page

Exclude Javascript files

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

Exclude files without maintaining the original execution order of files on the page

Exclude Exclude Javascript files from extensions

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes
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Exclude files without maintaining the original execution order of files on the page

Exclude individual internal SCRIPT declarations

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

Do not move these files to the bottom of the page

Javascript files

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

Do not move these files to the bottom of the page

inline Scripts

(Type or select some options)

Yes Yes

Cache lifetime can be selected from 10 pre-set options:

1) '15 Minutes'
2) '30 minutes'
3) '1 hour'
4) '3 hours'
5) '6 hours'
6) '12 hours'
7) '1 day'
8) '2 days'
9) '7 days'
10) '2 weeks'

Yes Yes

4 Combined file delivery options available

1) 'Static CSS and javascript files'
2) 'PHP with query'
3) 'PHP using url rewrite with .htaccess'
4) 'PHP using url  rewrite (without Options +FollowSymlinks)'

Yes Yes

Use try-catch

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Gzip Javascript and CSS

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Minify HTML

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes
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Features Core
(Free)
Pro
(Paid)

Include all extensions

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Include all extensions

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Include PHP and external resource Files

This feature is in Beta stage

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

Yes Yes

Miscellaneous - page cache

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

Miscellaneous - page cache type

Selectable from drop-down list:
1) 'System - Page cache'
2) 'LiteSpeed Cache plugin'

No Yes

Add dynamic CSS selectors

(Type or select some options)

No Yes

Optimise Google Fonts

No Yes

HTTP/2 push - exclude deferred files

No Yes
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HTTP/2 push - push CDN files

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

HTTP/2 push - exclude deferred files

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

HTTP/2 push - File types applicable

4 Checkboxes to select from:
1) 'style'
2) 'script'
3) 'font'
4) 'image'

No Yes

HTTP/2 push - include files

(Type or select some options)

No Yes

HTTP/2 push - exclude files

(Type or select some options)

No Yes

CDN / Cookieless domain custom extensions

(Type or select some options)

No
Yes

(Domain
1
only)


CDN / Cookieless domain - preconnect CDNs

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

Optimise images - global options - ignore optimised images

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes
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Optimise images - global options - Next-Gen images

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

Optimise images - global options - Support old browsers

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

Optimise images - global options - Auto resize images

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

Optimise images - global options - manually optimise images - Recurse in subfolders

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

Optimise images - restore original images

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

Optimise images - Delete backup images

Selectable options are:
'Yes' or 'No'

No Yes

Optimise CSS delivery - remove unused CSS

No Yes

Optimise CSS delivery - CSS dynamic selectors

(Type or select some options)

No Yes

Smart combine

No Yes
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Page cache

No Yes

Remove unused CSS

No Yes

Reduce DOM

No Yes

Download ID field

No Yes

Combine CSS and Javascript files

No Yes

Smart combine CSS and Javascript files

No Yes

HTML minification level can be selected from 3 pre-set options:

1) 'Basic'
2) 'Advanced'
3) 'Ultra'

No Yes
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Notes

Lazy loading

The opposite of 'Eager Loading', 'Lazy loading', also known as 'asynchronous loading', is a method used in web development and design to delay initialisation (or delay the display) of an item such as an image until the point at which the image, or item, is needed - typically when it is scrolled into view.

Lazy Loading can contribute to better website efficiency - making it good in cases where website content is accessed and initialisation times need to be reduced, or kept at a minimum.

For example, delaying the loading of images on a webpage until they are needed (such as when they come into view) can make the initial display of the web page faster.

Sprite / Image Sprites

An 'image sprite' is a collection of images put into a single image.

A webpage with many images can take a long time to load and generates multiple web server requests.

Using 'image sprites' will reduce the number of web server requests (and so improve web page loading speed).


As with most "Free versus Pro" extension versioning the Pro version contains features not available in the Free version.

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First, try the Core (Free) version

When you are happy with the functionality and set up process and find you want more - subscribe to the Pro (Paid) version

JCH-Optimize requires an element of configuration. Depending on what other packages you have installed on your Joomla website you may find the need to tweak the settings which includes the ability, when needed, to exclude combining files from other named / specific feature on your website. But this does not have to mean that your site load speed will be "poor".

Remember

If you can:

For example, reduce CSS files from 16 files loaded individually down to 3 or 4 files . . .

you will have made a load speed improvement.

The following Language Translations are available for JCH Optimize, the default language is English.

These language Translations are available from the JCH Optimize website.

Language

deGerman


itItalian


ruRussian


esSpanish


trTurkish

Note

The Language Translation files are provided by third-party translators

The file usefulness and accuracy cannot be guaranteed

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