I just wondered what this row in the Wordpress Database refers to?

32  gzipcompression 0

I stumbled upon it in the WP options table. What if I set the value to 1.

I do already have gzipcompression enabled via htaccess, so I simply wondered what this is?

Thank you for your answer.


It's set in schema.php, the WordPress Administration Scheme API. You can also find it in the Codex.

As you can see from a search through core, there's (as far as my search went) exactly no use case for it, aside from defining it as 0 when adding that option to the DB.

If you want to know if it's working on your site, just enter your URL here.


This option was used years ago to activate a handler for output buffering. It was off by default, and it didn’t work very good when enabled. Will be removed completely eventually.

See Ticket #12996.

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