Boost your wordpress site using htaccess optimization methods
October 21, 2016 Comments 0 386 Views

Boost your wordpress site using htaccess optimization methods

You can optmize your wordpress website using htaccess file techniques. Only enabling the Compression, Setting up Header Expiry, Setting Header Cache controls can do wonders with your page loading speed. Below is the explanation of each section which can be added to htaccess to get eye catching result for your websites.

Speed up wordpress site using htaccess optimization techniques to increase web performance.

Website performance are getting more attention from web developers and website owners, because it is important and is one of the hottest topics in web development and search engine optimization.

First and foremost, loading speed is more than a feature. Speed of your website is the most important feature for the customers. If your website or blog is slow then it will get hard for the visitors to stay on your page longer and you will get too many bounce back which will not be good for your website health. Lets make your website optimized by adding bunch of code in htaccess file.

What is .htaccess file ?

.htaccess is short name for Hypertext Access. This file act as an configuration file between your website and Apache web server, so you can alter the configuration using this file without any need of changing the server configuration. The htaccess file is named as exactly “.htaccess” and it control the directory it lives in and also control all sub directories underneath.

How .htaccess can help in website optimization

With htaccess file you can alter server configuration and we will add some bunch of code which will change server setting to get the website optimized. Settings we are going to change are Adding Compression, Setting up Header Expiry, Setting Header Cache controls inside htaccess file.

Get rid of ETags (Entity Tags) :

Add below one line code to your htaccess file and get rid of ETag from your server config. This will disable ETag header since we are going to use Expires.

Adding DEFLATE Compression :

Copy below code to your .htaccess file to activate the compression. It will simply reduce the size of document. Compression ins useful and mostly affect your website HTML FIles, CSS Files and JavaScripts. Compression can reduce the sizes by 50% to 80% which indirectly reduce the page size and server bandwidth. We can enable the compression using the module “mod_deflate” OR “mod_gzip” any one method can be used to enable the compression for your website. Below code will compress HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Text, XML and fonts.

Set Browser Caching :

Website must have the caching set properly to get pages load faster. Not having a cache will put load on your server and website will always do complex execution to load your website pages every time. A first-time visitor to your page will make several HTTP requests to download all your site’s files, but by using the Expires and Cache-Control headers you make those files cache-able. This avoids unnecessary HTTP requests on subsequent page views. We can use Apache modules – mod_expires and mod_headers for setting up caching and cache expiry. Paste below code to your htaccess file.

Add all above codes to your htaccess file and share your experience in comments. Any suggestion are welcome and will be updated to this article if it help increasing the website performance using htaccess techniques.

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