What is http compression and which module to use for http compression?
Compressing data before transmitting to the browsers and then uncompressing the data before displaying. The module that is responsible for http compression is called mod_deflate.The main advantage of mod_deflate is that it saves a lot of bandwidth and loads the pages faster.
On a Plesk server, the mod_deflate module is installed by default, however it may be disabled in the Apache configuration file. To enable the mod_deflate module in Plesk edit the Apache configuration file
# vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
Search the line that says,
#LoadModule deflate_module modules/mod_deflate.so
and uncomment it i.e. remove the ‘#’ mark
LoadModule deflate_module modules/mod_deflate.so
Now, create a /etc/httpd/conf.d/deflate.conf file. Apache reads all the .conf files from the /etc/httpd/conf.d directory on a Plesk server.
# vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/deflate.conf
and place the following code in it
<Location /> SetOutputFilter DEFLATE SetEnvIfNoCase Request_URI \ \.(?:gif|jpe?g|png)$ no-gzip dont-vary </Location>
Save the file and restart Apache.
# service httpd restart
This compression code will compress all the files except the .gif, .jpe, .jpeg and .png files before sending them to the browser. To test the compression, use the tool
To enable compression for a specific directory or domain, specify the directory path in the <Location> directive in deflate.conf and restart the Apache server.