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Overweight Travel Sites Delay Holiday Travelers / Use HTTP Compression

Optimization Week Issue #5, Dec. 4, 2003

Holiday travelers are increasingly turning to the Internet to book their dream vacations. But are they waiting unnecessarily for their online travel needs? We tested three popular travel site home pages for speed and accessibility. We found some surprises along the way, including HTTP compression. Our Speed Tweak of the Week discusses HTTP compression and how it can save time and bandwidth costs.

If you've got an idea for a speed review we want to hear from you. If you've found a site that you find particularly fast or slow let us know about it and it just might appear in a future issue.

Overweight Travel Sites Delay Holiday Travelers
The Shangri-La of travel sites would feature speed and ease. Years after the first travel site appeared on the Internet we have to ask: "Are we there yet?" To find out, we compared the home pages of Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity for speed and accessibility. You may be surprised at the results.
Use HTTP Compression
Compression can reduce frustration and save on bandwidth costs. Learn how content encoding can help speed up your site.