I am -very- unfamiliar with Magento development. I know how to do things via the graphical interface, but editing any code goes completely over my head. I am familiar with HTML and CSS and I can understand PHP and JS, so code isn't that foreign to me.
Anyway, my store loads very slowly. I ran a Pingdom speed test and it looks like scriptaculous is taking a long time to load.
I did some research and it looks like this has to do with the core functionality of Magento, but some people were asking if they need it? I'm not sure if my store would still work without it.
The URL is http://satcogrowlight.com. I have one theme installed and two extensions, one is Bassi slider and another is Dimensional Shipping.
How can I find out if I need Scriptaculous? If I don't need it, how can I disable it?
(Disclaimer: several things are making my website slow and I am looking into the other sources as well)
Edit: upon further research, looks like compressing it might help? How do I do that (if it's even possible)?
Edit: According to the Google PageSpeed tool, "Your page has 25 blocking script resources and 13 blocking CSS resources. This causes a delay in rendering your page. None of the above-the-fold content on your page could be rendered without waiting for the following resources to load. Try to defer or asynchronously load blocking resources, or inline the critical portions of those resources directly in the HTML."
js/prototype/prototype.js js/lib/ccard.js js/prototype/validation.js js/scriptaculous/builder.js js/scriptaculous/effects.js js/scriptaculous/dragdrop.js js/scriptaculous/controls.js js/scriptaculous/slider.js
Again, my question is: do I need Scriptaculous? If I don't need it, how can I disable it?