CrossNodes: Get More Out of Your Pipe with Apache and mod_gzip
Jun 25, 2004, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"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..."