Update As pointed out in the comments, the html for this site is being delivered as gzip. The css isn’t which is why YSlow is complaining. I need to remember to look to see what YSlow is complaining about before jumping to conclusions. I also have no explanation for why I read their FAQ multiple times and didn’t see the note that they support mod_deflate. So I take it all back. Disregard this entire post.
As those who attended my presentation on site speed know, I recently changed providers for my blog to MediaTemple because I was interested in their scalable grid structure.
Unfortunately, I forgot to check until after I had signed up and moved everything to MediaTemple before I found out that MediaTemple does not support mod_gzip for Apache.
I finally remembered to send them a support request asking if they had it in the plans or if it was just too difficult to implement on a grid server.
Absent good news from their support team, I’m afraid I’m going to have to move to another hosting solution. I love the service and system that MediaTemple has, but I feel like a hypocrite when I talk about site speed when I can’t optimize my own blog. It is frustrating.
At least my web site for our pet friendly vacation rental on the Oregon coast gets a “A” rating on the YSlow plugin. Thank god for small victories.