Every byte matters, especially when you pay for it. That’s the reason we were so excited to learn about Brotli, a library developed by Google promising even better compression than Gzip.
We started testing Brotli even before its official support in browsers and couldn’t have waited for the widespread client-side adoption. CDN77 has proudly become the first CDN provider to support Brotli. This is a great addition to our support of Gzip which already saves up to 70% of data transferred.
Since you only pay for the data transferred with us, this should bring you not only an improvement in speed of your content delivery but also significant savings.
Brotli is a compression algorithm introduced in September 2015 by Google. It has had a predecessor Zopfli – an algorithm which has been created in 2013 and served mainly for compression of web fonts.
We planned to bring Brotli to you about 2 months earlier, but we realized that some major browsers weren’t ready. And what’s the point in providing Brotli support without your users being able to take advantage of it, right? While deploying, we found a bug in the code but the awesome guys from Chrome development team fixed it in light speed. So even thanks to them you can enjoy Brotli in Chrome today.
How to test Brotli?
Anything that makes your content delivery faster and cheaper is a high priority for us. That’s why we now offer the Brotli support for free to all clients. If you are our customer, there is no need to activate the functionality, it’s ON by default. Gzip and non-compressed transfers of course remain intact.
You can see enabled compression algorithms by checking content-encoding response header.
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