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CrossNodes: Get More Out of Your Pipe with Apache and mod_gzip

Jun 25, 2004, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Some Web sites seem like they are designed to annoy and alienate visitors. Teeny tiny fixed fonts, weirdo fixed page widths, ad servers on Mars, and the content won't load until the ads do, and all kinds of dynamic jiggery-pokery that does everything but quickly deliver a nice, readable page.

"Webmasters who are serious about running high-performance Web servers, and who want pleased and delighted visitors, have a great tool in Apache 1.3's mod_gzip. mod_gzip compresses pages on the fly, reducing their size considerably. Depending on the types of files served, you'll see size reductions ranging from 20%- 80%, and a nice increase in server efficiency. Nothing is needed on the client side, except sane modern Web browsers like Mozilla, Firefox, Opera, Galeon, and Konqueror. Mozilla, Firefox, and Opera are nice cross-platform browsers with all kinds of neat features, so don't be afraid to standardize on one of them. You won't be sorry. Internet Explorer more or less supports mod_gzip, but some file formats, such as .pdf, don't always render correctly, and it's a big security hole anyway. You'll want to check out the Resources section below for links that clarify some of the issues assorted browsers have with gzipped content..."

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