How to Enable Gzip Page Compression in Joomla?

Posted on March 4th, 2017

Gzip is a compression algorithm originally developed for UNIX systems. It allows us to send smaller files over the network for better speed. The Gzip is also a file format that you can use to compress or decompress files. As the speed matters on the internet, Gzip got popular on the internet for improving the speed of the websites.

With Gzip compression, you can improve the speed of your websites. How? Let’s say the total size of your page is 1MB. Whenever a visitor visits your site, your server has to transfer 1MB of data to your visitor’s browser. Using Gzip, we can compress that 1MB page to 0.8MB or 0.7MB or whatever the compression rate may be. In short, if you have small data to transfer, the speed of transfer will be faster.

It means that you can enable the Gzip compression to improve the speed of your site as well as save bandwidth. If you are using Joomla, You can easily enable Gzip compression on your site directly from the admin panel. In this tutorial, I am going to demonstrate the same. So, Let’s get started.

Enable Gzip Compression in Joomla

First of all, log in to the admin panel of your Joomla site and click on the System -> Global Configuration option from the top-menu. It will allow you to update the most important settings on your site.

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On this page, you will see multiple tabs like Site, System, Server, Permissions and Text Filters. Click on the Server tab to see and update all the server-level settings.

FTP Settings in Joomla

Now, find out the Server Settings section and enable the switch with the table Gzip Page Compression. Make sure it is on the Yes side.


Finally, Click on the Save button given at the top-left corner of the page to save changes and enable the Gzip compression on your Joomla site.

Enable Gzip

So, this is how we can enable Gzip compression on Joomla. Gzip compression can improve the user experience if your site is a bit slow right now. It will also save the bandwidth of your server.

If you have any questions regarding Gzip compression in Joomla, please let us know in the comment section given below. If you are an active InterServer customer, please contact our awesome support department!

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