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GZip Compression in WordPress

Gzip compression is a technique that can be used to reduce the size of the files that are sent from a web server to a browser. By compressing these files, the page load time for the user can be significantly reduced.

When a browser requests a file from a web server, the server can compress the file before sending it to the browser. The browser can then decompress the file and display it to the user. This process can save a lot of time and bandwidth, especially for larger files like images and stylesheets.

There are a few ways to enable Gzip compression for a website:

  1. Using a plugin: Some popular WordPress caching plugins, such as W3 Total Cache and WP Fastest Cache, include an option to enable Gzip compression.
  2. Modifying the .htaccess file: If you have access to your website’s .htaccess file, you can add the following code to enable Gzip compression:
Copy code<ifModule mod_deflate.c>
  # Compress HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Text, XML and fonts
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/javascript
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/vnd.ms-fontobject
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font-opentype
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font-otf
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font-truetype
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font-ttf
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font/opentype
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font/otf
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font/ttf
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/svg+xml
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/x-icon
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/javascript
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml
</ifModule>
  1. Configuring the server: If you have access to the server configuration, you can enable Gzip compression by adding the following code to your configuration file:
Copy codemod_deflate.c

It’s important to test the website after enabling Gzip compression to make sure that it is working correctly and that the files are being compressed as expected. Some tools like GTmetrix, Google PageSpeed Insights or webpagetest can help you to check and test the Gzip compression.

Enabling Gzip compression can have a significant impact on the page load time of a website and should be considered as a best practice for website performance optimization.

NDDT
NDDThttps://nddt-webdevelopment.de
I am a passionate Webdeveloper and Programmer.
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