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  1. #1
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    Cool How to enable GZIP through .httaccess file.

    I am new to this forum. My name is Wilfred Cooray from Sri Lanka.

    I have a problem in enabling GZIP of my website The Bible, Inspired Word of Eternal God".

    My .httaccess file content is as follows.

    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^lovingword\.eu3.biz$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.lovingword.eu3.biz/$1 [R=301,L]
    RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^.*/index.html
    RewriteRule ^(.*)index.html$ http://www.lvingword.eu3.biz/$1 [R=301,L]

    <ifModule mod_gzip.c>
    mod_gzip_on Yes
    mod_gzip_dechunk Yes
    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_include mime ^application/x-javascript.*
    mod_gzip_item_exclude mime ^image/.*
    mod_gzip_item_exclude rspheader ^Content-Encoding:.*gzip.*

    Thank you.

    Wilfred Cooray

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    Hi, do you have GZip enabled on the server itself? If so are you running cPanel ?
    If a php file only has php code within it you do not need to use the closing php tag
    A good way to remember objects from arrays is you shoot objects with arrows Example: $name->id; then Arrays are $name['id'];
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    Cool GZip enabling throug .httacces file

    Quote Originally Posted by durangod View Post
    Hi, do you have GZip enabled on the server itself? If so are you running cPanel ?
    Well I am running a CPanel. There in the root I have the .htaccess file. Can I enable GZip through this file. The code I have entered to activate GZip is in this file I have submitted in my Forum question.

    But when I tested There was a message to say file did not get enable.

    Thank you.


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    gzip compression from .htaccess only does STATIC files. .php are not a static files, they are dynamically executed when you call them. To gzip compress the PHP you have to do it IN the PHP files, typically with the output buffer commands.

    <?php ob_start("ob_gzhandler"); ?>

    Apache and .htaccess don't even play into it. To that end including PHP in this line:

    mod_gzip_item_include file .(html?|txt|css|js|php|pl)$

    Does not a blasted thing, ever... well, unless php is not present/enabled/recognized by Apache and the code ends up sent as plaintext client-side instead of being run. Aka something that in normal practice should NEVER happen.

    side note -- that said your site has some serious usability and accessibility concerns, in particular in regards to the gibberish nonsensical markup that makes my braille reader spit out the page as if it were a single run-on sentence.

    <body style="font-family:Verdana;">
    <div style="background-color:#ffffff;padding:15px;">
     <img src="/Images/wbannernew.jpg" alt="Word of God" width="1200" height="150"> 
    <div style="overflow:auto">
      <div class="menu">
        <div class="menuitem"><a href="http://www.lovingword.eu3.biz/p.php">Prayer</a></div>
        <div class="menuitem"><a href="http://www.lovingword.eu3.biz/heal.php">Healing</a></div>
        <div class="menuitem"><a href="http://www.lovingword.eu3.biz/find.php">Research</a></div>
        <div class="menuitem"><a href="http://www.lovingword.eu3.biz/help.php">Help</a></div>
        <div class="menuitem"><a href="http://www.lovingword.eu3.biz/a.php">About</a></div>
        <div class="menuitem"><a href="https://inspiredwordoflovinggod.blogspot.com">My blog</a></div>
        <a href="http://www.esvbible.org/devotions/daily-reading-bible" target="_blank"><img src="/Images/biblereadjp.jpg" width="180" height="150" alt='Daily Bible Reading'></a>
        <h4>Daily Bible Reading</h4>
    No... just... NO! Endless pointless DIV for nothing, image doing H1's job, DIV doing ul's job, DIV+classes doing LI's job, absolute URI's for nothing, attributes like target that haven't had any business on websites since 1997, H4 with no H3, H2, or H1 preceding it...

    If you're worried about gzip compression to save bandwidth, first you might want to focus on semantic markup and leveraging selectors to reduce the amount of HTML used and improve accessibility.

    Coded PROPERLY that would read more like this:

    <div id="top">
    	<h1>The Bible, Inspired Word of Eternal God</h1>
    	<ul id="mainMenu">
    		<li><a href="/p.php">Prayer</a></li>
    		<li><a href="/heal.php">Healing</a></li>
    		<li><a href="/find.php">Research</a></li>
    		<li><a href="/help.php">Help</a></li>
    		<li><a href="/a.php">About</a></li>
    		<li><a href="https://inspiredwordoflovinggod.blogspot.com">My blog</a></li>
    	<div id="extras">
    		<a href="http://www.esvbible.org/devotions/daily-reading-bible">
    				alt="Daily Bible Reading"
    		<h2>Daily Bible Reading</h2>
    589 bytes vs your original's 1061 bytes. If your markup wasn't a bloated non-semantic mess you probably wouldn't need to be playing around with compression of the markup!

    LIKEWISE you might want to get all the static style and scripting out of the HTML so you can also leverage caching models. You're basically wasting 30k of HTML on your home page's code to deliver 5.4k of plaintext and only one image I would treat as content -- aka what has no excuse to be significantly more than around 12k of markup, and could possibly be done in as little as 8k.

    Even your keywords meta is utterly banjaxed, it's supposed to be seven or eight single words that exist between <body> and </body> as plaintext, not a place to blindly stuff endless word-jumbles of the SAME WORDS! ... and then people wonder why it ends up ignored. Used PROPERLY even Google will still pay attention to it despite wild claims to the contrary even by their own staff. You'd think NOBODY was using it properly!
    Last edited by deathshadow; Jan 13th, 2018 at 06:11 AM.
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    Sorry for the delay in replying you deathshadow. I am very much impressed with your reply. Compression is a subject I did not want to touch thinking I might make a mistake. You have taken lot of trouble to visit my site and given me an example on how to compress without the help from .htaccess file and GZIP..

    I will edit menu as you have shown.

    Regarding the keywords and content I agree with you. I do not understand how to get the most suitable keywords to my niche. The net result was the long line of keywords. i also agree with you about google. As you said Google is still interested in keywords.

    Thank you.

    In the begging of your reply you have mentioned about To gzip compress the PHP you have to do it IN the PHP files, typically with the output buffer commands.

    <?php ob_start("ob_gzhandler"); ?>

    Can you elaborate it more. Or do you recommend any tutorial for this. I would be very much grateful if you would help me in this regard.

    Once again I am very much grateful to you. Hope you will assist me more.


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