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First thing you need to do is to find out how to access your “.htaccess” file in your server. Please note the following tricks are only for Apache Servers.It is usually either in the home directory or some file management systems put it in a higher directory not accessible through your domain name. If you use cPanel the “.htaccess” file is hidden so you need to view the hidden files in your directory. Once you find your “.htaccess” file you need to open it up for editing, now lets start with Gzipping some components. Doing this makes some things have a smaller file size, its like compressing a file but with Gzip it’s still accessible. Put the following in the top of your “.htaccess” file:
Please note that if you use pretty permalinks in wordpress there will already be some code at the top of your “.htaccess” file you MUST put all of your new code under it.
<IfModule mod_deflate.c> <FilesMatch ".(js|css)$"> SetOutputFilter DEFLATE </FilesMatch> </IfModule>
This deflates all of the .js and .css files in your server, you can add “.jpg|.gif|.png|.tiff|.ico” or whatever you want to compress other file types, too.
<FilesMatch ".(ico|pdf|flv|jpg|jpeg|png|gif|swf)$"> Header set Expires "Wed, 21 May 2010 20:00:00 GMT" </FilesMatch>
You can if you want to add “js|css” to the file types but I do not suggest it as I did not do this to my “.htaccess” file.
Thats all for “.htaccess” tricks, now lets start on some more simple tricks.
Make few http:// requests.
Don’t make so many requests for other domains. Do not put petty little link backs to myspace or your favorite youtube video. Put only about one blog ranking chicklet on your site if you have to, do not have an “Add To Any” chicklet on every single section on your web page. If you are a blogger and you like to have quick images in your posts to relate to the article, do not just copy and paste the image location. If it means so much to you to have an image upload it to your server. Try to have 95% of everything your site uses within one domain.
If you want more information feel free to email me or leave a comment I will get back to you!