Speed up your website with gzip compression

enable gzip compression

What is GZIP Compression

You need to enable GZIP compression on your website to reduce load time of your website. Sharp website development and aggressive search engine optimization (SEO) is vital for every website but adding heap of content takes it tool on your website’s viewership. Research shows that your website will leave your website if it made them more than 20 seconds. Modern website designs are incomplete without CSS, Java scripts, PHP and images but sometimes these things piles so much that they choke the bandwidth of the consumer and consumers leave your website disgruntled after your website loading lower than the speed of a snail.

Benefit of Enabling GZIP Compression

By enabling compression for your website, it’ll simply compress the items browser needs to download to load your website. It will reduce the webpage load by 50 to 70% and it will keep your customer or viewer keep stuck to your website.

How enable GZIP Compression?

If your website is running on apache webserver, you can enable compression for your website by just copying the following code and paste it in your .htaccess file (can be found in the www or public html directory of your website.


#Enable Compression

<ifModule mod_gzip.c>

mod_gzip_on Yes

mod_gzip_dechunk Yes

mod_gzip_item_include file .(html?|txt|css|js|php|pl)$

mod_gzip_item_include handler ^cgi-script$

mod_gzip_item_include mime ^text/.*

mod_gzip_item_include mime ^application/x-javascript.*

mod_gzip_item_exclude mime ^image/.*

mod_gzip_item_exclude rspheader ^Content-Encoding:.*gzip.*


Give the code time of 2-3 hours to propagate itself and then check upon your website if it has enabled or not.If code given above doesn’t work out, remove the above code and add the code given below instead.


AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/javascript

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript


You can reach Waqas Yousaf through twitter @wiqi.

Waqas Yousaf is Freelance Web Developer, Blogger, start-up manager and Co-Founder of wishdd.com.

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