WordPress 2.5 is being released in less than three weeks. While it has a lot of exciting new features, it is also missing a feature that’s been part of WordPress for a while: the option to compress page content for browsers that support compression. Up to version 2.3.3 of WordPress, you could select this option in the admin menu under Options > Reading:
I’ve found that letting WordPress gzip pages significantly improves performance, typically slashing the size of the text to a fourth. For my home page, that’s a 30% reduction of total page size—including images, ads, etc. A 30% reduction in bandwidth is nothing to sniff at.
So I’ve written a little plugin to restore the gzip compression for WordPress blogs. It’s not necessary if you’re using WordPress 2.3.3 or earlier, but you can go ahead and install it for previous versions in anticipation of upgrading, as it won’t cause any conflicts.
Filosofo GZIP Plugin 1.1 | May 3, 2008
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