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Serving Gzip-compressed pages with PHP

I’ve had nothing but problems with PHP’s built in zlib.output_compression feature: the most common issue is that it holds connections open for a very long time, introducing long delays (and largely negating the point).

But using mod_deflate in Apache achieves the same thing with none of the negatives, as far as I’ve seen. In your VirtualHost definition:

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/css text/javascript

And you can expand that text/html list to a lot of different content-types. I usually add text/plain, text/xml, and application/rss+xml.

I’ve been using this solidly for years, but I forgot to add it to my SSL VirtualHost definition on Instapaper with the new server until last night, and it makes a huge difference in load times.

Throwing this into Google, for whatever it’s worth.