What exactly is GZIP compression?

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  1. NPH

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    Should I enable it on some forums? :confused:
     
  2. TheDarkHorizon

    TheDarkHorizon \xC0\xFF\xEE

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    The file is compressed on the server side. The benefit is it uses less bandwidth and is quicker to transfer. The downside is that it puts an additional load on the server. I would enable it.
     
  3. DouggieJ

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    I would only enable it if you have a modem connection. If you have dsl or cable it'll probably make it slower.
     
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    :ugh: What the fuck?
     
  5. whup

    whup I wish you had children and.. so that I could step

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    This is correct.

    All reasonably recent versions of the major browsers support it.

    You benefit from stuff that compresses down easily e.g. text (rendered pages, javascript, css, json). Don't bother gzipping binary stuff like images, as they're not going to compress down much at all (they might even get bigger after being gzipped) and being mostly bigger in original size than text docs, will probably have a bad impact on performance too for no bandwidth savings.
     

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