I'd like a second opinion as what i'm being told contradicts everything i'm reading.
I have a Wordpress site running on an Apache server. I want to enable GZIP compression. I have not been successful in doing so via Wordpress plugins, so I want to try it via adding the appropriate lines to .htaccess. I am being told I should not do this, and that Wordpress should "be responsible for creating the GZIP files".
This sounds wrong to me and I would like some input. Thanks!
Your instincts are correct, what you have been told is wrong. Apache can handle GZIP compression with no issues.
Please see the .htaccess instructions here: https://technumero.com/gzip-compression-in-wordpress/