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Speed up your store by combining, compressing and caching Javascript and CSS files.
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Fooman Speedster

• Combines multiple Javascript and CSS files into a single Javascript file and single CSS file, to enable faster page load times
• Reduces the total size of files to be loaded as well as the number of HTTP requests, for empty and primed caches
• Fully automated once installed, with automatic versioning when Javascript/CSS files are updated
• Compresses files without requiring gzip support on your server
• Creates far future expire headers for the combined Javascript and CSS files
• Multi store capable
• Uses the Minify library by Steve Clay (released under a BSD license)

Fooman Speedster is now controlled by an advanced self testing framework. You can only enable Speedster once the configuration has been set up correctly and all self tests run successfully.

Note that the self test does not include testing for existing Javascript errors on your site - it's still important to do this separately before installing Fooman Speedster (see below for details).

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http://speedster.demo.fooman.co.nz/

Important - Before you Install Fooman Speedster

Please ensure you read and understand all installation and troubleshooting instructions
Ask your Magento developer to install the extension if you don't understand something in the instructions. If you do not follow all steps in the installation and troubleshooting instructions, the installation of Fooman Speedster could fail and generate errors on your site.

Always install Fooman Speedster first on your test site, before installing it on your live site
If any errors occur, it is far preferable to complete our troubleshooting instructions on your test site so your live site will remain unaffected.

Always test for existing Javascript errors on your site before installing Fooman Speedster
Fooman Speedster relies on all Javascript on your store being completely error free. If your store contains existing Javascript errors, these will be magnified when installing Speedster and could cause issues with your store's frontend. The Speedster self test does not include testing for existing Javascript errors on your site. It is important to do this separately before installing Fooman Speedster (you can test with http://jslint.com). If there any existing Javascript errors are identified on your site, ensure these are completely fixed before installing Fooman Speedster.

Ensure your site meets all system requirements (see below)

We provide Fooman Speedster as a free extension to the Magento community. Please be fair to us and do not post negative reviews for errors which can be avoided by following the installation and troubleshooting instructions (these are comprehensive and cover 95% of all issues reported to us since 2008). Unfortunately the majority of recent negative reviews that have been published via Magento Connect describe errors where either system requirements were not met, or instructions were not followed correctly. Please take care to follow all instructions correctly, and if you believe you have found a genuine error, contact us to report it in the first instance rather than leaving a negative review via Magento Connect. Thank you.

We wish you a successful installation and hope that you are impressed by the results Fooman Speedster can deliver on your store.

System Requirements - Is Fooman Speedster right for my Store?

System Requirements
Fooman Speedster works out of the box using an Apache platform run on Linux. In addition:
• Mod_rewrite (a standard Apache module installed by default on most Linux servers) must be enabled
• .htaccess must be supported
• CSS images must be available under the same domain as the store

Note: Several developers have also successfully installed Fooman Speedster on different platforms by adapting the installation process. For further reading see the ISAPI2 and Nginx threads.

Risk of Javascript Errors
Fooman Speedster has been tested with the default Magento themes and successfully installed on tens of thousands of Magento stores since 2008. However, there is always a risk that minifying and combining Javascript files can produce Javascript errors. We do not recommend using Fooman Speedster without thorough testing on a test site if:
• Your store already contains minified files
• Significant Javascript customisation work has been done on your store and the added non-default Javascript files do not follow best practice Javascript (you can test with http://jslint.com/)
• Your store uses Jquery (or has extensions installed which use Jquery) - although a workaround is provided in the instructions, almost 100% of reported errors are from stores which also use Jquery

Speedster Advanced
Fooman Speedster Advanced uses an advanced caching strategy which combines, compresses and caches JS and CSS files. Click here to see if this extension is right for your store.

Installation and Troubleshooting Instructions

Refer to both documents below for instructions on installing and troubleshooting Fooman Speedster:
The Ultimate Guide to Installing Magento Extensions
Fooman Speedster Instructions and Troubleshooting Guide

Support

Feel free to contact us at support@fooman.co.nz to report any suspected bugs with the extension, however please note that we are unable to provide individual support or troubleshooting advice via our support email address - see our general FAQ for more details. If an error still persists after following the troubleshooting advice above, please either contact your Magento developer or disable the extension.

Changelog

See our website (refer to the "Details" tab in the extension listing).

If you find this free extension useful, please share the love by leaving a review on our website or here on Magento Connect. We love hearing your positive feedback about Speedster! Thanks from the Fooman team!


Release Notes

Speed up your store by combining, compressing and caching JS and CSS.

2008-08-02 16:22:26
  • Version number: 0.5.1
  • Stability: Alpha
  • Compatibility: 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6
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Current Caveats:

* This hasn't been widely tested yet (alpha release)
* Currently only activated for most of JS and CSS not all
* since all the paths in CSS need to be rewritten I think this method can currently only be used for one skin at a time
* needs mod_rewrite enabled

Installation:
1. ) Add the following to your .htaccess

############################################
## Compress, Combine and Cache Javascript/CSS
RewriteRule ^minify/(.*\.js) m.php?f=$1
RewriteRule ^index.php/minify/(.*\.js) m.php?f=$1

RewriteRule ^minify/(.*\.css) m.php?f=$1
RewriteRule ^index.php/minify/(.*\.css) m.php?f=$1

Underneath the Rewrite Base Rule

2.) After installing this extension via Magento Connect, edit m.php (should be in your webroot). Change the variable $yourSkinUrl to your setup.

3.) Minifying JS takes a while to compute so you should browse through your site to make sure the cache gets filled up and your customers don't have to wait for it.

Speed up your store by combining, compressing and caching JS and CSS.

2008-08-02 16:08:40
  • Version number: 0.5.0
  • Stability: Alpha
  • Compatibility: 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6
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Current Caveats:

* This hasn't been widely tested yet (alpha release)
* Currently only activated for most of JS and CSS not all
* since all the paths in CSS need to be rewritten I think this method can currently only be used for one skin at a time
* needs mod_rewrite enabled

Installation:
1. ) Add the following to your .htaccess

############################################
## Compress, Combine and Cache Javascript/CSS
RewriteRule ^minify/(.*\.js) m.php?f=$1
RewriteRule ^index.php/minify/(.*\.js) m.php?f=$1

RewriteRule ^minify/(.*\.css) m.php?f=$1
RewriteRule ^index.php/minify/(.*\.css) m.php?f=$1

Underneath the Rewrite Base Rule

2.) After installing this extension via Magento Connect, edit m.php (should be in your webroot). Change the variable $yourSkinUrl to your setup.

3.) Minifying JS takes a while to compute so you should browse through your site to make sure the cache gets filled up and your customers don't have to wait for it.
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For me it doesn't work on the back-end. The url length of the combined css and js files becomes too long. Perhaps this is only a problem on IIS. On the front-end it seems to work OK, so I manually disabled it for the back-end. I also haven't seen any settings in the back-end by the way (I notice other people comment on it as well).. One critical note, I would've liked the plugin more if the url would be shortened. I'm thankful to the developper though! June 8, 2011
Followed each step but i can´t see any settings in my backend. Tried to log out, cleared cach but nothing happens, did a manual install of 2.07. The site works but i can´t see any settings in the backend. May 18, 2011
Thanks, prompt service and great products. my site does seem to be doing better - Page Speed Score's gone up from 67 to 77/100 or 80/100 May 1, 2011
simply beautiful. Size with empty cache has halved for me. yay! April 28, 2011
I tested out on two different shops hosted on two different servers and the result is the same. I got 404 on css and js. I followed the 4-step topic and all was good but i keep getting 404 for js and css. For information, I tested it on magento 1.5.0.1 fresh install (no upgrade). I know this extension work well cause i run it on 1.4, but it seems there's something wrong with 1.5... April 27, 2011
Speedster 2.07, Magento 1.4.1.1 I have gone through all of the docs a couple of times however I am not getting any CSS or JS. I am not getting any errors or anything, just no CSS or JS. I have gone through the troubleshooting steps also and it seems to fail step 1. I get the 404 , Whoops, our bad... page, not a 404, blank page. I know this extension works very well as I have had it working successfully on a different host provider. I would be very grateful for any help getting this extension working. April 18, 2011
Hi, I finally installed this extension, thank you very much. I had all the problems mentions in various blogs. But the solution was very simple. Just go to http://store.fooman.co.nz/extensions/magento-extension-speedster-enterprise.html, download the files, unzip them and upload to you folders. Refresh the cache and it is working like a dream. Thanks a lot for this extension. by the way i'm running 14.0.1 April 3, 2011
Very nice and useful extension! After consulting the troubeshooting guide and doing minor tweaks to my server settings the extension now works like a charm. Helps alot to boost loading speed. Many thanks to the author! March 29, 2011
Thanks Fooman. Was straight forward to install on 1.3.3.0. HTTP requests dropped from 100 to 75. March 25, 2011
Was about to uninstall cause my site got totally warped then I read this http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewreply/148867/ set m.php and lib/minify to 755 now works GREAT and MUCH faster Thanks March 23, 2011
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Fooman Speedster works on all servers. Fooman Speedster Advanced supports a smarter caching strategy and improved speed performance, but requires specific server functionality to realise these gains.

Take the Speedster quiz to determine which version of Fooman Speedster is best suited to your needs:

1. Do you use Magento Version 1.4 or above?
2. Does your server send Far Future Expire Headers?
3. Does your server send gzip content?
4. Did you understand the last two questions?

If you answered 'NO' to any of the four questions, you should install the original Fooman Speedster extension.

If you answered 'YES' to all questions, you should install the Fooman Speedster Advanced extension.
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The following extensions conflict with Fooman Speedster:
• CANONICAL URLs by Yoast
• MXPERTS JQUERY BASE

In both cases, a work-around can be installed during installation - refer to the Installation Instructions file for further information.
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I installed Fooman Speedster it changes my theme path of css thats why i cant see my css images, please give me the solution ,
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Hi kanchan_anand

Fooman Speedster rewrites image locations based on Magento's fallback and/or your settings under
System > Configuration > Web
as appropriate. Please follow the installation instructions and troubleshooting instructions to determine where exactly things start not working as intended.

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i know there's other extensions like Lesti::fpc (http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/lesti-fpc-4534.html)

Should I install both or choose one?

I'm not a developer so I dont understand the differences between them
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Speedster is intended to speed up the delivery and cacheability of your frontend assets (CSS and Javascript files).

Using another extension to speed up the creation of the whole page (usually called full page cache) like the linked to example makes sense.
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Hey there,

I tried installing the Extension via FTP by uploading the unzipped folder (fooman_speedster-3.0.0) to magento root directory, but nothing happens. Do I have to switch Speedster on or do anything?
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Hi there,

Starting with Speedster 3.0 you need to enable it under System > Configuration > Fooman Speedster.

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Hi,

After installing the extension via FTP, all my other menus in the admin page becomes unclickable--there is no response when I click the menus. However after disabling the extension via editing the xml file and manually cleared the cache, everything is back to normal.

Any help would be appreciated

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Had the same issue, strangely though only in live site not in development site…

Anyways anyone facing same problem, I suggest commenting out adminhtml rewrites from file app/code/community/Fooman/Speedster/etc/config.xml

so then css / js won't be compressed in admin side ;)

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Verify Permission ERROR (Step 2)
Verify Minification ERROR: minification does not work (Step 3)
Verify Minification ERROR: there are no files starting with "minify_"

I've posted my full error message here:
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Hi there,

It looks like there's an incorrect file permission settings. Please refer to the "Fooman Speedster Instructions and Troubleshooting Guide" for complete troubleshooting instruction:
http://cdn.fooman.co.nz/media/custom/upload/InstructionsandTroubleshooting-FoomanSpeedster.pdf

For further troubleshooting, please:

* Ensure that your store does not already contains minified files
* Ensure that your store does not contain significant Javascript customisation work has been done on your store and the added non-default Javascript files do not follow best practice Javascript (you can test with "$":http://jslint.com/)
* Follow the installation instructions in "The Ultimate Guide to Installing Magento Extensions":http://cdn.fooman.co.nz/media/custom/upload/TheUltimateGuidetoInstallingMagentoExtensions.pdf
* Ensure that you are not running any conflicting extensions, as this can conflict with CSS

This has a high success rate and usually solves 95% of issues we receive. If an error still persists, please contact your regular Magento developer or uninstall Fooman Speedster.
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Hi there,

Thanks for using Fooman Speedster!

For troubleshooting, please:

* Ensure that your store does not already contains minified files
* Ensure that your store does not contain significant Javascript customisation work has been done on your store and the added non-default Javascript files do not follow best practice Javascript (you can test with "$":http://jslint.com/)
* Follow the installation instructions in "The Ultimate Guide to Installing Magento Extensions":http://cdn.fooman.co.nz/media/custom/upload/TheUltimateGuidetoInstallingMagentoExtensions.pdf
* Follow all troubleshooting steps in the "Fooman Speedster Instructions and Troubleshooting Guide":http://cdn.fooman.co.nz/media/custom/upload/InstructionsandTroubleshooting-FoomanSpeedster.pdf
* Ensure that you are not running any conflicting extensions, as this can conflict with CSS

This has a high success rate and usually solves 95% of issues we receive. If an error still persists, please contact your regular Magento developer or uninstall Fooman Speedster.

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Hello there,

There is no problem using Fooman Speedster with your custom Javascript as long as it conforms to standard Javascript coding.

We suggest testing all Javascript files which are not part of the Magento base/default theme on jslint.com for code quality. If there any existing Javascript errors are identified on your site, ensure these are completely fixed before installing Fooman Speedster.

Fooman Speedster relies on all Javascript on your store being completely error free. If your store contains existing Javascript errors, these will be magnified when installing Speedster and could cause issues with your store's frontend.

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I used this extension when we were on Magento CE v1.3.x. Then it worked fine. Afer that I upgraded Magento to CE v1.8.0 and also the extension to v3.0.5. But then it stopped working.

Actully, it left all the admin menus unclickable, so I disabled the admin block rewrite from config.xml as posted in one of the questions here.

But now the self test fails and the module is not getting enabled.

Can you pls me out with this??
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Hi there,

Our latest release of this extension has been tested on Magento 1.8.1 so there is nothing inheritant in the extension that would cause this. Please check our provided troubleshooting guide to work out where things differ from where it should.

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