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WordPress Compression – Faster Loading WordPress Pages – WordPress Caching Compression

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Published: August 9, 2010
Updated: August 9, 2010

The orginal question was regarding which WordPress compression plugin was the best one to use for the fastest page loading.  The answer lists a couple of good WordPress caching plugins that will compress and cache WordPress pages for faster load times.

Not sure which WordPress plugin is the specifically best for just gzip compression, but if you want to significantly reduce the load time of your WordPress site you should use a WordPress caching plugin like WP-Cache or WP Super Cache. Also if you have the default setting of 10 posts per page loading on one “page” then you can reduce the number of posts displayed per “page” under the Settings panel > Reading > Blog pages show at most 10 posts. Personally I think the max should be set at 3 posts per page, but it all depends on how big your posts are and any other factors that come into play.

There could be conflicts created if you use a WordPress gzip compression plugin with a WordPress caching plugin. Try the cache plugin first. If you’re happy with the load time after you have installed a cache plugin then don’t even mess around with a gzip WordPress plugin.

To manually add gzip compression to your WordPress website you would just add this line of code at the very top of your header.php theme file. This line of code comes first before any other code in your header.php file. This is just an FYI. I’m pretty sure once you add a cache plugin to your WordPress site you won’t be interested in gzip. 😉

<? ob_start(“ob_gzhandler”); ?>

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