Check GZIP compression

Fix Google PageSpeed enable compression in PHP and htaccess

Enabling gzip compression on your script / webserver will not only help you achieving a greater score on Google PageSpeed Enable compression [1] test, but also allow a faster rendering time on your visitors browser.

Optimizing encoding and transfer size of text-based assets -- Web Fundamentals

Zlib compress example

The easiest way to achieve it, providing your are using PHP, is to add a few lines at the beginning of your PHP script to activate zlib output compression [2] and Check the GZIP compression on Google PageSpeed test:

ini_set("zlib.output_compression", "On");
ini_set("zlib.output_compression_level", "-1");
PHP: Runtime Configuration - Manual

A good way to check if it works, is to perform a before / after test on gidnetwork (Fig 1) [3] for example.

GIDZipTest: Web Page Compression (Deflate / Gzip) Test - GIDNetwork

Enable compression htaccess

You can also add the following piece in your htaccess file, which will tell Apache to compress the corresponding files, providing the mod_deflate is activated on your server:

#Compression<br/> <IfModule mod_deflate.c><br/> AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/text text/html text/plain text/xml text/css text/javascript application/javascript<br/> </IfModule>

For more details on Apache compression, please see the great articles about this subject on [4] or [5].

How To Optimize Your Site With GZIP Compression | BetterExplained
Mod_deflate compressing html javascript and css files | cloudtech GmbH

For example, this allowed me to pass the Google PageSpeed [6] test Enable Compression [1] on a website, going up from a score of 72 on mobile (Fig 2) to 89 (Fig 3), and up from 79 (Fig 4) to 89 on desktop (Fig 5).

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