GZipper WordPress plugin
Recently I set out to check the performance of a couple of WordPress websites that I am responsible for or help out with. I used tools such as GTMetrix. One of the red-flags that showed up was that I was not using any gzip compression on my website. Using compression on your website all webpages and most content on your website get compressed on the server and then decompressed again in the browser. This typically saves a lot of internet traffic. It easily saves 50% to 75% for a regular website. Typically images and movies are already compressed so they are left alone.
Installation and use
- First check whether your webpages are already being compressed. You can do this with this online tool: Check GZIP compression.
- If compression works, you are done! If not, please follow the instructions to enable gzip compression on your webserver. You will have to do this as this also takes care of compressing static content. Your website will send a lot of static content to the browser, so you will want to have this!
- Check again. If compression works, congratulations, you do not need my plugin. You are done!
- Download the plugin (a small zip file).
- Now go to your WordPress admin area, go to Plugins and add a new plugin by uploading the zip file.
- Activate the plugin.
- Check again.
- If compression does not work, then this plugin does not solve the issue for you. You can de-active and uninstall the plugin. If it now works, hurrah!, you have just made your website significantly faster.