1 min read(Last Updated On: December 31, 2017)

Hey, Hoz here. Today’s hack is how to set up gzip htaccess style. If you use WordPress, doing it this way will save you having to use a plugin, although most cache plugins now come with this feature, so remember to turn it off in the plugin if you’re going to do it the htaccess way.

If you need it, here’s a video showing you how to get to that point:

Gzip compression will significantly improve the performance of your website and is a great way to make WordPress faster.

Before you roll up your sleeves and get stuck into this, make sure you’ve taken the necessary precautions beforehand, so that you have a way to roll back should the worst happen. Let’s not screw up your website.

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Those precautions are:

  1. backup your website
  2. download a copy of your htaccess file

Once you’ve got that out the way, here’s all you do:

  • Step 1: edit your htacess file and paste the code below.
  • Step 2: press save.
  • Step 3: check your website hasn’t exploded.

And here’s the code:

Gzip htaccess code


AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/text text/html text/plain text/xml text/css application/x-javascript application/javascript


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