Aug 042014
 
Plugin version: 1.4
Last updated: July 12, 2018 (3 months ago)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.9.8
Downloaded: 103,105
Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Description


This plugin offers a few lightweight features to speed up your WordPress site without much hassle.

Far Future Expiry

When the feature is enabled, this plugin will modify your .htaccess file by inserting code which will add expires headers for common static file types.

Expiry header specifies a time far enough in the future so that browsers won’t try to re-fetch images, CSS, javascript etc files that haven’t changed (this reduces the number of HTTP requests) and hence the performance improvement on subsequent page views.

Gzip Compression

You can also enable Gzip compression on your site using this plugin. Gzip compression will speed up your WordPress site by compressing the page output and sending it to your visitors browser.

When enabled, the plugin will do gzip compression if the visitor’s browser can handle it.

This feature may conflict with a few other plugins. So disable this feature if you need to use a plugin which doesn’t work with gzip compression.

Usage

To use this plugin do the following:

1) Ensure that the “mod_expires” module is enabled from your host’s main configuration file

2) Check with your hosting provider or if you have access to the httpd.conf file the following line should be uncommented:
LoadModule expires_module modules/mod_expires.so

3) Enable the “Far Future Expiration” checkbox

4) Set the number of days till expiry

5) Select the file types you wish to enable the “far future expiration” feature for by using the checkboxes in the “File Types” section

NOTE: When you use this plugin, the file selected file types are cached in the browser until they expire. Therefore you should not use this on files that change frequently.



FAQ


Installation Instructions

  1. Upload the far-future-expiration.zip file from the Plugins -> Add New page in the WordPress administration panel.
  2. Activate the plugin through the “Plugins” menu in the WordPress administration panel.

Can I set a far future expiry header with this plugin?

Yes

Can I eanble gzip compression on my site using this plugin?

yes



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Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • The far future expiry is written using days instead of hours so GT metrix can read it better.


Tags:


cache, expires header, expiry, expiry header, far future expiration

+ Jason's Comments

This plug-in modifies a special access file to inform web browsers to use their previously loaded images and files, to speed up page loading. Google Page Speed acknowledges the browser cache reminder as a faster method. Made by Tips and Tricks who have some pretty nifty premium plug-ins.


Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and recommend a schedule for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization.

Optimization is best applied together with website security and protection and backup and maintenance.

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