I don’t know about you but I often find myself removing third party module’s CSS and sometimes even JS files from loading in my custom themes because I need to change most of the styling and don’t want to add bulk to my site.

Traditionally, I do it using my local.xml as outlined in my previous article. However, it would be good practice if module developers would provide the option right from their module configuration.

This is actually really easy to do, watch this:

1. Create configuration options in system.xml:

    <advanced translate="label">
        <load_css translate="label comment">
            <label>Load Stylesheet</label>
            <comment>Set to No if the supplied stylesheet file should not be loaded.</comment>
        <load_js translate="label comment">
            <label>Load Javascript</label>
            <comment>Set to No if the supplied javascript file should not be loaded.</comment>

Here, I’m only showing the relevant part for brevity. Essentially, I have an Advanced section with two Yes/No drop downs which allow the admin to configure the desired options.

2. Add your conditional includes to your module’s layout XML:

        <reference name="head">
            <action method="addCss" ifconfig="my_config_section/advanced/load_css"><stylesheet>css/my_module/my_module.css</stylesheet></action>
            <action method="addItem" ifconfig="my_config_section/advanced/load_js"><type>skin_js</type><name>js/my_module/my_module.js</name></action>

And there you have it. Your css and js will only be included if the configuration allows it.

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