mod_deflate: Best way to compress? Via Cpanel vs .htaccess vs php snippet? Im trying to speed up my site. compression is one of the ways i intend to do it. Those are all the ways I've found. What are the plus and minuses of each? Do you prefer one way over the other and why? Thanks!

Ps. Hostgator only uses mod_deflate as far as I know. O is that just in the Cpanel way. Maybe I could gzip or other using one of the other methods??