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How to setup webserver content compression

Often when we think our site is so kickass and so ready to win over the world, we find ourselves getting an F grade from tools such as yslow. One of the areas that yslow checks is compression, why is this important we might ask ourselves; well this is quite important for many factors and I could do an whole article on why you want your files compressed, but I for now I will opt to just point out three factors rather than discussing them in detail and focus my energy on showing you how to enable compression.

Reduced file transfer time:
  Compress files are smaller and therefore reduce the transfer time.
Data Security:
Compressed files are in a sence encrypted data in the since you need the whole file to decode the content.

SEO benefits:
Search engines like fast sites and will rank your site higher if it is lightning fast.


How does it work?

The content compression mechanism is quite simple , your web server will compress your files and place them in the servers response to the GET request from the web browser if the web browser has identified that I supports encoding. The Headers will look something like this.

  • Browser header : Acccep-Encoding :gzip , deflate
  • Server header : Content-Encoding: gzip

The server will then compress the files and send them compressed to the browser.

Webserver Content Compression will take some CPU resources from your server. And older machines have been known to have a high CPU load if mod_gzip is used.

What Is needed:

Your web server needs to support some kind of compression, both of the giants on the market do so(apache , IIS).

Apache has tow content compression mechanism’s mod_Gzip and the mod_Deflate modules.
According to the Apache2 manual mod_gzip has a checksum in its header and therefor a little slower than mod_deflate.
However, other than that the modules are pretty much the same and use the same Gzip compression to compress the files. Mod_Deflate is also a little easier to use and comes preinstalled with Apache 2.

In order to get content compression started for your site in Apache you will need to alter your .htaccess file if you have one (if you are working with any sort of CMS you most likely have one)


If you use mod_deflate your configuration might look like this.

AddType text/css .css
AddType text/javascript .js
# compress text, html, javascript, css, xml:
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/javascript
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/javascript

if you use mod_gzip your .htaccess file might look something like this.

mod_gzip_on Yes
mod_gzip_dechunk Yes
mod_gzip_item_include file .(html?|txt|css|js|php|pl)$
mod_gzip_item_include handler ^cgi-script$
mod_gzip_item_include mime ^text/.*
mod_gzip_item_include mime ^application/x-javascript.*
mod_gzip_item_exclude mime ^image/.*
mod_gzip_item_exclude rspheader ^Content-Encoding:.*gzip.*

First you would need to add the Web-Dyn-Compression feature to your server in order to get Conten Compression working.
Startup PowerShell with administrative rights and execute the following on your server.

Import-Module ServerManager
Add-WindowsFeature Web-Dyn-Compression
Once done, you want to enable the compression for your webserver
C:\windows\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config /section:urlCompression /doDynamicCompression:True
Restart your IIS Sever with the command IISreset /noforce

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