A command-line utility to generate critical CSS from a set of URLs. The functionality is useful for a CMS-powered website, where pages are user-defined and and their CSS comes from multiple addons. Because the website layout is generated based on the CMS content, it would be impossible to understand what is Critical CSS at build time, only once the website is moved to production and the "dust settles" on the main pages structure.
Typically, for the best possible performance, you'd want to generate the critical CSS as short as possible and that means one CSS per separate page. But this complicates things: async runners, file refresh, file invalidations, etc, would have to be taken into account. This raises the barrier of entry for the project.
This package tries to keep things really simple by accepting some limitations. A single CSS file is generated based on multiple provided URLs. The CSS is optimized automatically using postcss and cssnano, so duplicated rules are eliminated.
npm install -g @plone/critical-css-cli
Then you can use it like:
Install from this repo
Either install it as a native package with:
yarn install or
Then run the generator like:
bin/critical-cli -o ./out/critical.css https://plone.org
This will generate a file called
critical.css in the
bin/critical-generator -h to see full options.
Use via docker
Alternatively, you can use docker to build and use this package. Pass website
url for which critical css has to be generated as env var to
URL=<website-url> docker-compose up
DIMENSIONS env variable if you want to deliver critical CSS for multiple screen resolutions. Defaults to
1300x900 if you don't want.
URL=<website-url> DIMENSIONS="1220x300,1345x500" docker-compose up
Location to save the
critical.css file. Defaults to
/var/app/output/critical.css (inside the docker container)
URL=<website-url> LOCATION="output/<your-dir>/critical.css" docker-compose up
The location is relative to the current directory.