Gzip (itty-do-da)

May 1, 2012 - By

Gzip is a GNU zip compression that can be applied to files (according to this Wikipedia article that made me cross-eyed by the second sentence). I’ve seen it lots in various tools for exporting data, but did you know that you can use it to compress JS / CSS on your sites? Simply pop in a block of code into your htaccess file and suddenly your site will see much smaller files being called.

The somewhat crass service Gzip WTF will crawl your site to show you what’s going on. Here’s a before and after for ArleyM.com. 

Before Gzip was entered into the htaccess

After Gzip was added to htaccess

It’s a lovely 2 second implementation that can add up to some serious savings.

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