The answer is Yes, but you might want to make sure and wait for another person to confirm this as I am not confident. Better yet, why don't you e-mail the iPage guys because they can answer your iPage question better...
Aannnnnddddd there is my lifever carine again.
I have a VERY fast server which is running ONLY the webshop and no other websites from anyone else is on that server since it is my own one..
I think that server load is not really an issue in this case is it ???.
What would you reccommend in my case as now I have it set on 5 [compression].
Thans once again for the help you are offering [i was already afraid I was invisible for a while.
I would think that your typical customers would also be into downloading music (high bandwidth) and perhaps also online (high bandwidth) gamers (fast processors)..
Have you setup the performance logging on your server ? .
I would try to see what the effect is when browsing your catalog with different settings (1 / 5 / 9).
Having a dedicated server; you still need to estimate how many concurrent users you are going to have..
Also howmany processers does your server have ? .
Say, with compression 9 it takes 1sec to prepare the compressed page on the server, assume I'm fetching page 1 and someone else tries to fetch page 2 just a split second after me. Person2 will have to wait (1-split second)+1sec to get the page, as the server can only handle one request at a time..
For concurrent person 3, it would mean almost 3 secs..
If with compression 5, pages take 0.5 sec; person 3 would get his page in ~1.5 secs..
This is a little simplified, but these are the basics you need to consider, which also means that sometimes you are better of with a slower 2-CPU system as you can handle 2 users concurrently ....
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You can try it. Extra backup never hurts.
This will compress your backup file and usually very well (5-10 times). Just the same way, as you could compress it using WinZip or whatever archiver you use..
Do you need to use it?.
Not really, use it if.. if you would use WinZip..
Okay thanks to the both of you..
Now things are a bit more clear..
I never suspected the setting vs loading times vs customers or server thingie..
I just had a higher setting  and thought that it would be a benefit for all customers, but now [as I am understanding correctly from carine] I found out that it can actually make the ste appear slower due to the handling of the servers requests instead of faster !.
So now I have settled with setting 2, which I thnk would be a safe setting for my dual pentium 4 big baddass dell server.
Someone suggested setting the gzip to 1 in the admin..
As you can set it anywhere from 0 till 9, I was wondering why it was suggested to put it at 1 in stead of , say 5 or even 9 ??? [should give the highest compression = speed ????].
Anybody knows the in depth of the Gzip setting and can explain it here perhaps ? .
Also what's anybodies idea about the database backup using gzip [never done it, too scared too try.
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Things to consider.
- the higher the compression rate; the more processing power it takes on the server..
- uncompressing takes processing power on the client (customer PC).
The speed with which a page loads depends on your server performance; the speed of the network from server - customer pc and then customer PC performance..
If you have a slow network (low bandwith) usually higher compression ratio makes the page load overall faster..
If however, like is mostly the case in belgium (pretty much every customer having broadband via fiber optic or ADSL) customer bandwith and speed is pretty high, it might not be worthwile taking more processing time on server and client pc to reduce the total data package being sent from your shop to the browser..
On the otherhand in the UK and US I think more people are using ISDN and might benefit greatly from more compression...