Gzip static assets in PhoenixJuly 14, 2016
Recently I've been playing with Phoenix, the hot framework for Elixir. While it has a definite Rails vibe there's also a very different flavour because of the nature of it being written in a functional language. Oddly enough reading Refactoring to Collections, a book written mainly for the PHP community, has eased the transition to functional coding.
Having just deployed my first example app on Heroku I was seeing some pretty good speeds - page loads in under 1s. But not the wow I was expecting from moving to Phoenix. Turns out, there's a quick tweak you can make to your Phoenix application so that your assets are gzipped in production. Simply edit your
plug Plug.Static, at: "/", from: :lunchmates, gzip: true, only: ~w(css fonts images js favicon.ico robots.txt)
It's mentioned in the comment above it, but by enabling the
gzip option (which is off by default), you'll get a significant performance boost out of your static assets.
On a related note, despite the fact that Phoenix hashes your static assets filenames' so they can be cachebusted, it still adds a
?vsn=n query string to the end of the path. There was an issue and related PR to remove this, or make it optional, but it was rejected. I do hope at some point they'll reconsider this, because having it there is unneccessary, and a little ugly.
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