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Wondering how to improve "Start Render" number.

Here's my test:
http://www.webpagetest.org/result/100422...1/details/
.811 seconds

Here I noticed css is not compressed:
http://www.webpagetest.org/result/100422...imization/

Here's my htaccess for moddeflate. Does that look right?
Why is it showing css file is not compressed?

# Compress output
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/css text/plain text/xml application/x-javascript application/xml application/javascript application/x-httpd-php
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4.0[678] no-gzip
BrowserMatch bMSIE !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html
The last line disables it for all IE builds - if you refine that you can have gzip enabled for IE7 and 8:

BrowserMatch bMSIEs(7|8) !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html


That is already quite an impressive start render time though. Gzip will help slightly but to really improve the time you'll have to move the css to be inline in the page itself and eliminate the additional request (maybe shave 0.2 sec off).
added that line (in htaccess) but I'm still not getting the css file compressed:
http://www.webpagetest.org/result/100422...imization/

Did I miss something?

# Compress output
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/css text/plain text/xml application/x-javascript application/xml application/javascript application/x-httpd-php
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4.0[678] no-gzip
BrowserMatch bMSIEs(7|8) !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html

I've also run some of the jpg's thru yahoo smushit and it's saying I can't compress it any further, but I have a nice bix x in front of it. eg. http://www.funcabinrentals.com/images/specials.jpg

FAILED (12.0 KB, target = 4.7 KB - savings of 7.3 KB)- http://www.funcabinrentals.com/images/specials.jpg
Try removing all of the BrowserMatch lines just to see if it is working at all? If that fixes it then it needs to be tweaked - if not, then there's either something wrong with the .htaccess or apache install/Mod Deflate.

I don't think smushit will re-compress jpeg's at a lower quality setting. It will strip out the meta data but what you need is for the files to be re-compressed. It would be best if you could do it off of the original uncompresssed files but worst case the jpeg's could just be compressed again. We generally use a "save for web" quality setting of 50 in Photoshop as the benchmark but play with it some to see how small you can make it without noticing the image degrade.

If you shoot me the images (pmeenan@webpagetest.org) I can do it for you and send the smaller files back.

-Pat
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