Check GZIP compression
If you want your business to survive and flourish in this competitive online world, then you need to make sure you are keeping two essential points in your mind. One is search engine optimization, and the other is user-friendliness.
Properly optimizing your website for search engines will give you a lot of traffic, and many will turn into your customers. But if your website’s user interface is terrible, then you cannot expect them to stay on your site, instead make a purchase.
One of the essential factors of user-friendliness is the site load time. Let us assume that you did the best on-page and off-page SEO and made your website heaven for visitors, but on the cost of the load time, then put yourself in visitor’s shoes and think: Will I stay on a website which takes forever to load? The answer probably will be “no” unless you have a lot of patience and want to test it.
Now that I got your attention regarding the importance of considering your site’s loading time, you probably are thinking of methods by which you can analyze and improve your loading time so that you can keep visitors happy.
I won’t leave you hanging in the middle, guys. We have some great tools at your disposal, which can help you improve your website’s loading speed. One of them is Page Speed Insights, which can help you analyze the most common factors which are hindering the loading time of your website, and the other one is the Check GZIP Compression tool.
What is GZIP compression?
GZIP is a method of compression of site files, thereby making them smaller in size and easily deliverable by the server to the user taking less time to load. It is also a file format. You can save approximately 70% of space using GZIP compression.
Now that you guys know the importance of GZIP compression let’s see how you can use our tool to check whether your site has GZIP enabled or not and how can you enable it and leverage the benefits of GZIP.
How to Use Check GZIP Compression Tool
- Enter the URL, which you need to analyze and Check Gzip Compression information.
- Fill in the simple captcha. It is in place to keep bots and scripts from crashing our servers with too many requests.
- Click on the “Submit” button for the tool to show the results.
How to enable GZIP compression for your site?
If you see from our Check Gzip Compression tool that GZIP isn’t enabled on your site, then you are missing a key point to make your site load faster. Don’t worry, though, I will help you enable GZIP on your website. Follow the steps below:
If you are on WordPress CMS:
- Install any caching plugin (W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache or WP Rocket) and enable it.
- That’s it. GZIP will be enabled for your site. That’s the beauty of WordPress.
If you aren’t on WordPress:
You can enable GZIP by entering the following code in your .htaccess file. We highly recommend taking a backup before messing with your .htaccess file as one error can cause a lot of issues.
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_exclude mime ^image/.*
mod_gzip_item_exclude rspheader ^Content-Encoding:.*gzip.*