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Chapter 18. Compressing the Web > Proxy Server-Based Content Compression

Proxy Server-Based Content Compression

Compression does not necessarily need to be done by the web server. It can be implemented as a proxy server installed on the same or on a standalone server. Such a server can work with any web server. It can run on a different platform under a different operating system.

If you can install a compression server on the server side and decompression on the client side, you can use better compression algorithms. Proxy-based solutions give you real power, but they usually are more sophisticated. I recommend that you use them only in the following cases:


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