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gleddy
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first, what is it?

I am using the Speed Reports in 'Tools' in the Firefox Web Developer toolbar. This analyzes page weight from this url:

http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/

and then returns out a file size and break down of your site.

thing is, they are compressed file sizes (using gzip).

So my questions are:

1) Are the gzip sizes o.k.? do they include images, etc for a reliable count?

2) If I want to know uncompressed sizes then how do I find these out accurately?

3) one way I have been told is to empty cache, download the website then check size of all downloaded files to your cache. Is this a reliable count even?

cheers for any advice! Laughing out loud

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TRUE page weight

It sounds like your webserver is serving up the pages compressed, that is the sensible way to do it. In which case the compressed page weight is the one to use.

The speed report identifies the images and other retrieved page elements separately. The page, the images, the CSS files, any javascript files, flash objects, other objects are all separate http gets - at least it does for me Smile

I am not sure if the size of the file in the cache is reliable as I don't think it will take into account any extra overhead involved in the file transmission.

If you run your own apache webserver you can configure it to not use mod_deflate and all pages will be sent uncompressed.

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TRUE page weight

*edit... just asked a question that Chris asked for me above. oops!

cheers mate!