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    [COLOR=rgb(57, 57, 57)]Hello,

    I am going to be making some changes to the httpd.cong file for one of my websites to make it load faster. Right now, I'm focusing on 1) enabling gzipping for text-type files via mod_deflate and 2) leveraging browser caching for static files (e.g., images, css style sheets) via mod_expires.

    After doing a fair amount of reading up on the subject, I have come up with what I think is suitable code. I also set up a test folder on my website with its own .htaccess file and ran Google's Page Speed, Web Page Test, and several other online testers, and so far as I can tell, things look pretty good. At some point, I would like to update my website's httpd.conf file to include the code from my test folder's .htaccess file, but before I do so, I would like to get a second opinion to see if it can be improved upon. This code is in the attachment (myhtaccessfilefortesting.txt).

    So far as the gzipping part is concerned, a Tech Support person who works for (where my website is hosted) published a post on their blog with some suggestions on what to add to your website's httpd.conf file to enable gzipping. Since this advice is coming from someone technical who is on the staff of, I feel reasonably certain it should work on my website as that is where it is hosted - but unfortunately, the code in this post does not include any lines that deal with older browsers (e.g., IE 6.0) that don't recognize gzipping.

    What I am looking for is someone who is familiar with Apache and .htaccess to look over what I've written to tell me whether or not my code looks all right.

    What I would like to know in particular is

    1) My code seems to work as a .htaccess file, but can I include it as is, line for line, in my website's httpd.comf file, or are there any modifications I need to make?
    2) Will the three lines starting with "BrowserMatch" handle older browsers such as IE Explorer 6.0 than cannot handle gzipping?
    3) Does the block of code starting with "Module mod_expires.c" look alright?

    Thank you!

    Below is a copy past of my file.[/COLOR]

    # BEGIN
    <IfModule mod_expires.c>
    <Filesmatch "\.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif|js|pdf|css|flv|swf|ico)$" >
    ExpiresActive on
    ExpiresDefault "access plus 1 month"
    # All the following statements between the opening and closing IfModule tags (except for the BrowserMatch statements) are from
    # Nick Venturella's WestHost blog post dated 2009-06-09. Note: I left out his statements for xml because there are other clients (e.g., RSS
    # readers) besides browsers that can access xml and I'm not 100% sure they can all handle gzipping.
    # The BrowserMatch statements (from are for certain antiquated browsers
    # that have problems with gzipping.
    <IfModule mod_deflate.c>
    SetInputFilter DEFLATE
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/rtf
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/javascript
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/postscript
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/msword
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/
    BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html
    BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4\.0[678] no-gzip
    BrowserMatch \bMSIE !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html
    # END
    [COLOR=rgb(57, 57, 57)][/COLOR]


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