Far Future Expiry Header

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.

Installation

  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.

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

Reviews

Great simple tag header manager

excellent, very useful, tag manager. Very simple and reliable in use. Thank you to the developers for the wonderful free plugin. Totally recommended!

Huge BUG but here’s the fix

Login to your wordpress admin dashboard
Navigate to Settings > FarFutureExpiry

Here, make sure Enable Far Future Expiration is checked ON
Set # of days to 60
Check all of the boxes for the File Types to ON
Enable Gzip Compression

Now, you will save, and gtmetrix will still give you an error.

The reason is that when you look at your .htacess file
it says:

ExpiresDefault “access plus 1440 hours”

Change it to say:

ExpiresDefault “access plus 60 days”

Once you do this, gtmetrix will give you a good rating.

Wow! Effective and Fast

In about three minutes, this plugin took my website from a YSlow score of “D” to an “A” and my page load times went from 7.1 seconds to 0.3! Exceptional results, simple as pie to use.

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Contributors & Developers

“Far Future Expiry Header” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.4

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

1.3

  • Added a new feature to enable gzip compression on the site

1.2

  • Fixed a minor bug with the htacess rules.

1.1

  • First commit to wp repo