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Why do I continually have to Enable Compression for my website?

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guido49
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2013-08-30 2:28 pm EST

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Seems like every month or so, I have to re-enable compression on my site.
Any clue as to why this would be happening?

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JacobIMH
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2013-08-30 3:11 pm EST
Hello guido49, and thanks for your question.

Not sure why you would need to continually re-enable compression on your site. How are you going about accomplishing this? Did you follow our guide on <a href="http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/what-is/how-to-enable-gzip-moddeflate" target="_blank">mod_deflate with gzip compression</a> and used the <strong>Website Optimization</strong> icon in cPanel?

If so, this adds the <strong>mod_deflate</strong> code to your <strong>.htaccess</strong> at the very root of your website, or <strong>/home/userna5/</strong>, instead of to the one in your <strong>/home/userna5/public_html</strong> directory.

It looks like that file was last modified <strong>June 29th</strong>, and the <strong>.htaccess</strong> in your <strong>/public_html</strong> directory was on <strong>July 10th</strong>. Currently your website is serving compressed content which can be tested <a href="http://www.whatsmyip.org/http-compression-test/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a>.

The only thing I can think of for needing to re-enable the compression, is if you've manually edited either of your <strong>.htaccess</strong> files and it overwrote the information to turn on compression. Or possibly you have a setting in your software that is manually turning compression off in the code.

Please let us know if you have any other questions at all.

- Jacob

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