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Help with my test results
10-02-2013, 01:46 AM
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RE: Help with my test results
Rob, thanks. All of this is helpful. Didn't know about the G-zip setting in PHPBB. Wasn't aware that Gzip is best only for text files. I've been aware that my background image is too large. I purchased the background and it never came to mind, to use photoshop or another tool to downgrade the quality for a smaller file size. Good advice. I tried the tile idea with a smaller file size, but it looked awful and extremely disconnected between tiles.

(10-01-2013 10:19 PM)robzilla Wrote:  You should only use server-side gzip compression for text files. It's pointless for binary files such as images, which you should compress offline (plenty of tools available for that). You get a warning for your JPG background image because you apparently saved it with a near-maximum quality setting, resulting in a large file to download. You could cut nearly 700 KB off its size by setting the quality to 6-7, without too much of a loss in terms of visible quality. Furthermore, it appears to be a background pattern that is repeated even within this one background image (it's hard to tell exactly); if you can manage to make a smaller pattern, of say 100x100 pixels, and save it as a PNG, you could probably get the size down to about 10 KB, maybe even less. This will take some experimentation. There's no excuse for having this large a background image, though, and it's an easy win.

As for gzip compression of text files, you can enable this for your forum within the phpBB control panel. See this thread at
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Help with my test results - adminvts - 09-28-2013, 07:20 PM
RE: Help with my test results - acairo - 10-01-2013, 08:17 AM
RE: Help with my test results - adminvts - 10-01-2013, 10:33 AM
RE: Help with my test results - robzilla - 10-01-2013, 10:19 PM
RE: Help with my test results - adminvts - 10-02-2013 01:46 AM
RE: Help with my test results - robzilla - 10-02-2013, 03:16 AM

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