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Vary: Accept-Encoding

I've been deep diving into performance tweaks for Pingdom's report is saying:


The following publicly cacheable, compressible resources should have a "Vary: Accept-Encoding" header:




I have added the following to my .htaccess file and purged the cache but it doesn't seem to take. Anybody else able to get this working?


  <FilesMatch ".(js|css|xml|gz|html)$">
    Header append Vary: Accept-Encoding




Hey @frankstallone,


Any luck on your end with this yet? Afraid I don't have any specific documentation on this, but I did find another discussion forum topic on this that might help if you still need it. 


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No, I haven't had any luck. I don't have access to this server like I do a dedicated virtual to go deeper so 'luck' is all I do have and since that isn't working I am stuck.


Your link discussed what, 'Vary: Accept-Encoding' is. I know what it is. I want to enable it on my sites. In the OP I posted the code I am using in attempt to enable it. It's not working (you can use the same link I have to re-test).


Let me try a more pointed question. GoDaddy how do I get Vary: Accept-Encoding headers enabled on my sites?

Hi Frankstallone,


I am having issues with this as well. Have you found a solution yet and care to share it?



I am at a loss. I have exhausted all resources and GoDaddy hasn't responded to this message so I presume they either do not know, cannot be bothered, or this is slipping between the cracks.

Im having this same problem.  Getting at F at Pingdom and Gmetrix.  Have the prescribed code in my htaccess.  But when I test my site with other resources it does respond with:

Vary: Accept-Encoding, User-Agent

Using this site: