How to Enable GZip on HostGator

by Diana Braun

HostGator is a Web hosting company founded and headquartered in Houston, Texas. Users can register domain names and host websites through HostGator. A website consists of many files that are hosted on a server and shared over the Internet. Files vary in size from a few small kilobytes to several large gigabytes. GZip is software used to compress and uncompress large files, and HostGator supports compressing and uncompressing files on a shared server using GZip. HostGator also supports sending GZip files.

Log in to your HostGator cPanel (see Resources). Enter your username and password, and then click "Login." Your username and password can be found in your welcome email from HostGator when you registered your hosting account.

Click "File Manager" from the cPanel dashboard.

Select any file or folder from the "File Manager" window, and then click the "Compress" link located in the top right of the page.

Select any file or folder from the "File Manager" window. Click the "Extract" link located on the top right of the page to uncompress a file or folder. The "Uncompress Window" launches, and a progress bar indicates how far along the uncompression is. The process can take several seconds to several minutes to complete. An "Uncompress Complete" message appears when the process is finished.

About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.