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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Compressing web pages [updated]

From the unsolicited advice department. If your blog or web site is hosted on an Apache server that has PHP enabled, there are a couple ways to reduce your bandwidth usage and speed up the time your web pages load.

The most obvious and easy way is to cut down the size of the main index page.

The least obvious and most fun way is to implement web page compression a/k/a gzip content encoding. Instead of me explaining how to do this, just see: Scriptygoddess: Compressing Webpages for Fun and Profit. I highly recommend doing this on the main index page and at least individual archive pages.

This unsolicited advice is dedicated to:

All of whom are running ads to help pay the costs of running their blogs.

That's all.

EDIT: There's a minor issue with blogs running on WordPress. The problem is detailed and a correction provided in Weblog Tools Collection.

Posted by Marie at October 18, 2005 10:43 PM


Thanks for the tip!

Posted by: IlliniPundit at October 19, 2005 8:29 AM

Agreed. I did it this AM. Notice any difference?

Posted by: Bill Dennis at October 19, 2005 2:32 PM