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Add Compression to your Web Server

by webmonkey - 30 October 2008

Apache logoYour web server should be compressing your files before serving them to your users.

Why? There is no reason not to, 99% of browsers know how to decompress them and if you’re serious about hosting a professional web site, you should know every second it takes to get your content from your web server to your user counts. The visitor’s back button should strike fear into your heart.

When it comes down to your site and another site, sometimes it’s the seconds it takes to load which give can make the difference in your bounce rate. When you have multiple multimedia requests on a single page, those seconds add up.

Here’s a secret to help shave some of those seconds off of download time: It’s very simple, compress the data before it gets sent so you send less kilobytes. The data is decompressed on the client-side. It saves bandwidth and valuable time.

In fact, an average page can be compressed to up to a third of the size. The cost is some CPU time, which is a lot cheaper (and faster) than bandwidth. Best part is, it only requires a little Apache web server know how.

Here’s how to start compressing your transfers automatically.

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