Gzip Compression WordPress

by Mike Lugar
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Enabling Gzip compression in WordPress is one of the simplest adjustments you can make to speed up website load time, and even increase your Google Page Speed score.

What is Gzip Compression?

Gzip compression allows you to save bandwidth resources by compressing website text, script, and images on the web server. After compression, the resources are sent directly to the client browser to be uncompressed. Gzip compression is widely adopted and used on many modern websites.

How to Enable Gzip Compression

Gzip can be enabled manually through editing the websites .htaccess file, or by using a WordPress plugin.

Manually Editing .htaccess

Add the below code to your .htaccess file (be sure not to remove any existing WordPress code):

 

Enabling Gzip Through a Caching Plugin

You can easily enable Gzip compression through many of the popular caching plugins. Below is an example showing the Advanced ‘compress pages’ setting in WP Super Cache which will enabled Gzip compression site-wide.

Make Sure It’s Working

Once you have enabled Gzip through your preferred method, be sure to check that it is functioning properly. One of the easiest is to utilize the Google Page Speed Insights tool to ensure that compression is enabled for your website content.

Mike Lugar
Mike is the managing member at MSLtek and is an avid web consultant and web developer. He enjoys solving complex problems and helping businesses connect with technology.
Posted on February 3, 2017

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