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GZIP - How & Will it Overload a Server?

Posted on 2008-10-30
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An engineer I work with recommended we use GZIP for our web pages.  

A service tech at our web hosting company said we could set our server to use GZIP but that doing so will probably overload the server and said we should not.  The server is

MEMORY 1024 MB Memory
STORAGE 80 GB SATA
MOTHERBOARD PowerEdge 860
CPU Dual-core Pentium
STORAGE SATA Dual-core

A few issues, please:

What code should we add to the pages so that they utilize GZIP?  (Or, is it just a total server setting - all pages on a server get GZIPPED once its activated?)

Second - who is right?  Will it overload our server? Or, is it a partiality question - GZIP the biggest pages / busiest pages versus GZIPPING them all.

Finally - is it worth it?  Can users see significant speed enhancements if the site they are visiting is GZIPPED?

THanks!!!!!!!!!

Ubee...

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> What code should we add to the pages
none
you need to configure your web server to deliver data gzip'd

> .. who is right?
both
if you have one request per hour there will be no overload
if you have 100 request per second you most likely run into performance problems

> Can users see significant speed enhancements if the site
depends
if the user has modern hardware and software it will be an significant improvement
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Thanks SO much... sorry to overload the question but you handled it GREAT!
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