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Boosting Your WordPress Site’s Performance By Enabling GZIP Compression

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Ever heard of GZIP? It is a simple software application that compresses/decompresses files based on an algorithm named DEFLATE. It works by finding similar strings in a text file and replacing them temporarily to make the overall file size smaller which would drastically improve the performance of your website. The algorithm perfectly works with CSS and HTML filetypes which typically contain repetitions of whitespaces, tags, and strings.

Enabling GZIP compression on your WordPress site is straightforward. You do not need to tamper your .htaccess file or download any WordPress plugin. The steps below explain how to enable GZIP compression on a WordPress site hosted in Bluehost.

    1.  Enabling PHP5 (FastCGI)
      1. Navigate to Bluehost.com and login to the Control Panel.
      2. On the Control Panel main screen, click on PHP Config under Software/Services.
      3. Select PHP5 (FastCGI) and click “Save Changes”.
  1. Editing php.ini file and enabling compression
    1. On the Control Panel main screen, click on File Manager under File Management.
    2. Select the root directory of your site and click GO.
    3. On the File Manager window, navigate to public_html folder.
    4. Left-click on php.ini file and select Edit.
    5. Search for the following lines:

      zlib.output_compression = Off
      zlib.output_compression_level = -1

    6. Replace with:

      zlib.output_compression = On
      zlib.output_compression_level = 1

    7. Save the changes and close the file.
  2. Verify GZIP compression is working by analyzing the performance of your site using GTMetrix. You should see the green results in the screenshot below.

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Ihab Sarieddine

Ihab Sarieddine is a senior IT software engineer and a project manager with over 8 years of professional experience in managing and delivering IT banking projects and services for organizations primarily in the Middle Eastern and Asian regions. He is a PMP certified and an ITIL Release, Control, and Validation (RCV) V3 practitioner, and have a Masters degree in IT management.
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  1. October 14th, 2013 at 16:19 | #1

    Saw your post on Google+. Great one. Thanks :)

  2. January 27th, 2014 at 05:11 | #2

    I tried all possible ways with the .htaccess file before finding your post with no success (including the code from WP Codex). Unfortunately, even after making the exact above changes in my BlueHost CP, the Gzip compression does not take effect. GTMetrix keeps giving me a rank of 44 and the page is dead slow. Please advise. Thanks.

  3. February 2nd, 2014 at 00:21 | #3

    Unfortunately, Bluehost doesn’t allow gzipping JS or CSS on the fly.

  4. February 22nd, 2014 at 10:37 | #4

    I have a current affairs website and govt jobs website.. Although it has no traffic but still I want css and js files to be compressed using gzip, but bluehost is not giving this facility, pls guide me..

  5. February 25th, 2014 at 09:09 | #5

    @ Current Affairs
    Use Cloudflare, Works very well with Bluehost, and takes care of gzipping everything, Super easy to set up, too.

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