Whilst reading an interesting article about XHTML 1.1 and content type negotiation over at Dive Into Mark, I noticed he mentioned gzip-compressing and featured a link to a gzip encoding checker at leknor.com.
So without hesitation I (g)zipped over there and popped my largest page into the box: The results were encouraging; Content-Length: 42350. When I loaded the page in my browser and saved it to disk it was a massive 243 KB (249,232 bytes)! BTW, that page has an incredible 846 links on it!
So, the gzipped output is a mere 17% of the original size! That’s a huge saving in download time. Recommended!
Find out more about gzip, mod_gzip, and which browsers support it.
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