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Check request compression savings

Gzip compression is almost universally recommended as a basic step to improving site performance. It basically uses a little bit of extra processing on the server and client to significantly reduce the transfer size of most text responses. In Apache, this is done with mod_deflate (see the H5BP config for an example of how to set this up).

A while back, I was setting gzip up on my server, and wanted a simple way to verify that it was working and check how much transfer was saved. One simple way to verify it is working is with curl on the command line. If you run curl -I -H 'Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate' and see the header Content-Encoding: gzip, compression is working. To test the transfer savings, I wrote a simple script using PHP’s curl library. It makes a request with and without the Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate header, and compares the transfer data info provided by curl_getinfo().

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