Need help reformatting CSS files on hosting service

Started by jawadsatti, Mar 10, 2023, 12:03 AM

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jawadsattiTopic starter

Greetings and good morning to you!

I have encountered an issue that I wish to address. There is a hosting service that hosts numerous sites, which are frequently edited. I have noticed that the CSS files uploaded from the server are always compressed, with no formatting, spaces, or comments.

Initially, I did not pay much attention to this, but lately, while making extensive changes to CSS in one of the sites, I realized how problematic it can be to work with compressed CSS. The lack of formatting makes it very time-consuming to make even minor changes to the code.

Thus, I am curious to know if there is a tool available that can help reformat CSS files? Additionally, how should I approach this compression issue? While I understand the benefits of compression, it seems unnecessary for these small projects.


I am fairly confident that the root cause of this issue lies in UNIX/Windows encoding. One uses a special character \n for line breaks, while the other uses \n\r.
Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem in the form of an advanced editor such as Notepad++.

Another option would be to utilize Dreamweaver's Apply Source Formatting tool, found in the Commands menu. In essence, one could maintain an uncompressed version of the file for easier editing.


If you want to experiment with different CSS file formats or try out new features that aren't available on other platforms, then service may be a good choice for you. However, if you're looking for a simpler and more straightforward way to format your CSS files, then may be a better option.


It's important to consider your specific needs and the level of complexity you're comfortable with when choosing between these two services. Ultimately, the decision will depend on your individual preferences and the requirements of your project.


Aptana/Eclipse (ctrl+shift+f)
WebStorm/PyCharm/PhpStorm (ctrl+alt+l)


By optimizing CSS, site work speed can be improved significantly. There are several techniques that can be used to reduce the loading and rendering time of a site in the browser.

Firstly, if some styles are not required on the page, they should be disabled to avoid forcing the user to download unnecessary files. This is especially important when there are many pictures, style files, and scripts on the page, as the number of streams even in modern browsers is limited to ten.

Secondly, styles that block page rendering should not be loaded from unstable external domains. If an external domain stops responding or responds slowly, it can significantly slow down the loading of the site.

Thirdly, CSS needs to be compressed, minimized, and optimized by removing spaces, comments, line breaks, reducing color codes, and other optimizations. Shared styles should also be combined into a single file to improve download speeds.

Fourthly, use GZIP to compress data, as almost all modern browsers can handle CSS styles compressed in GZIP. Finally, cache CSS on the client side to avoid downloading the same file multiple times and reduce cascades in CSS to speed up rendering times, particularly on weaker devices.

By utilizing these tips, site owners can improve their site's performance and optimize their CSS for better loading and rendering times.


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