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Does gzip compression improve web Does in WordPress
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Gzip compression is important for website performance as it reduces data size with minimal memory usage. You can achieve compression of between 70% to 90% depending on the data size which leads to improved page load speed. 

NOTE: Some web hosting platforms like WPEngine, Kinsta, DreamHost, etc. have Gzip compression enabled by default in their server. 

How to check if Gzip compression is enabled

You can use Gzip compression checker tool to find out if Gzip compression is enabled in your blog.

The tool may report that Gzip compression is not enabled even when it is enabled if you are using external URLs with data that is not Gzip compressed. You can either remove the URL or ignore the warning.

How to enable Gzip compression  

You can enable Gzip compression by either using a plugin or .htaccess file. 

Option 1: Use .htaccess file

If your website is running on Apache Web server, then you can add the code below to .htaccess file to enable gzip compression.   

<IfModule mod_deflate.c>

         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>

Option 2: Use a plugin 


WordPress cache plugins like WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, WP Rocket, WP Fastest Cache, WP-Optimize, etc., have the option to enable Gzip compression.
 

 

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