Compressed httpd data

Enabling zlib compression makes a huge difference to a http server. I stress tested this server using Apache Bench. Before compression was enabled I managed just over 1-2 requests of (large) pages per second, but with compression that rose to 10 requests per second! Just add this to a .htaccess file if you’re using PHP 4.

php_flag zlib.output_compression On

Update – Enabling compression that way here causes too many problems. I’ll have to try and convince Colm to install mod_gzip which works everywhere else I’ve used it.

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

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