The faster your site loads, the better it is all around. In addition to being a major influence on how satisfied your visitors are with your site, the speed at which pages load also impacts how highly it is ranked in search engines.
Why is it important to fix uncompressed files
Generally, the server that delivers the files to the end user is responsible for performing the compression. As a result, this makes the files much smaller and quicker to download, reducing the website load time.
Check out Google PageSpeed Tools to learn more about boosting website speed. Your website’s speed can be improved in other areas, and this tool can show you just where.
You have to check for GZIP compression to determine whether or not the website’s pages and files have been compressed. You can view this information in the ‘Network’ tab of the developer tools that are built into your browser. If the content encoding for the response headers displays GZIP, then the files have been compressed using the gzip format.
Here’s a visual example of encoding in the response headers for reference:
You can also copy and paste a link to the file into a tool like checkgzipcompression, which will do the test on your behalf and provide you with the results
- If the CSS and JS files used on your web page are not compressed and are hosted on another website, you should get in touch with the owner of that website and request that they enable compression on their server.
If uncompressed files aren’t slowing down your page’s speed you can take a wait and see approach. However, the situation needs to be closely monitored, and if pages get slower compression will be needed.
Final word on uncompress files