Compressing an HTML File

Your website will grow to contain more interactive, customized content. The HTML volume of your website will increase exponentially. What does this mean? The result? This is where compressing HTML files can help.

This article will explain how to compress HTML files. This post will explain the differences between compression and minification and how to begin compressing HTML files. It also describes your options.

What is the difference between minification and compressing HTML?

You may have heard of compression and minification when looking for ways to reduce the size of your HTML files. While they have some similarities (e.g., they can both reduce the HTML file’s size), they are not interchangeable. They use distinct methods to accomplish their goals.

Minification eliminates lines and characters from source HTML code. Minification reduces the file size but doesn’t affect the function of the code. First-generation minification tools required users to remove duplicate code manually. Newer, automated solutions streamline the process.

It is different from compressing HTML. The file size shrinks, but references to the original information replace redundant code. This is known as “lossless compression.” It doesn’t cause data loss but results in a smaller file.

Lossless compression is used to identify repeated words, phrases, or characters. It eliminates them and creates numerical reference points tied to the first instance of their content in the file. This allows decompression tools to reconstruct the original format.

This is a crucial distinction: Although compression and minification produce similar file sizes, compressed files can usually not be used in their reduced format. They will need to be decompressed before they can perform their essential functions.

Why compress an HTML file?

You may now be asking yourself why compressing HTML files is possible. There are two main benefits. The primary benefits of compressing HTML files are speeding up your website and reducing bandwidth usage. These are why they are so important.

Increase website speed

Consider a website that uses large amounts of HTML code. Every time a visitor visits your website, their browser sends an HTTPS request to specific pages. The browser then locates the pages and sends them back to the browser.

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