How To Install, Setup and Configure WP Super Cache Plugin
WP Super Cache Settings: One of the many important search engine ranking factors that a search engine consider is website speed or website load time.
One way to optimize and reduce site load speed is by caching website by using a cache plugin. There are many best cache plugin and WP super Cache is one of them.
WP Super Cache is a simple plugin that unlike W3 Total Cache it doesn't require technical knowledge for proper configuration.
It's important that you must use only one cache plugin instead of using WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache together.
I would recommend choosing that cache plugin for WordPress that suits your needs.
Having many WordPress plugins may slow down your WordPress blog and it is recommended to disable plugins that your don't need.
So In this guide, I will discuss why you need to use WP Super cache and how to install and setup WP Super Cache.
Why WP Super Cache Plugin?
For smooth functioning of WordPress sites especially WordPress sites that are hosted on shared hosting must have a caching mechanism.
Caching mechanism saves server execution time and thus reduce load time.
For these caching mechanisms, we use cache plugin in our WordPress site and thus improves our WordPress Site performance and many of you know that site load time is a website ranking factor used by search engines.
Cache plugins like WP Super Cache run caching mechanism by creating static pages of your WordPress site that greatly reduces page serving time and generate less number of PHP calls.
WP Super Cache WordPress plugin optimizes the database by generating static HTML files that are used to serve the request.
Whenever a page is requested from your WordPress blog, static page will be served instead of processing all PHP scripts decreasing your site load time, as a result of which prevents from crashing your Website servers.
After you are completed with the activation, we shall now configure WP Super Cache and do use screenshots for quickly setting up this cache plugin.
Configure WP Super Cache Step By Step
For settings up WP Super Cache go to "Settings" > "WP Super Cache".
Now I will mention the settings for different tabs one by one that you should enable for the faster serving of your pages.
WP Super Cache Easy Tab Configuration
To enable caching Under Easy tab, check "Caching on (Recommended)" and click on update status.
WP Super Cache Advanced Tab Configuration
WP super cache a powerful but simple cache plugin comes with many useful advanced options that further enhances your WordPress site’s performance. Go to Settings > WP Super Cache and under "Advanced" tab check mark the following:
Cache hits to this website for quick access. (Recommended)
Use mod_rewrite to serve cache files. (Recommended)
Compress pages so they’re served more quickly to visitors. (Recommended)
Cache rebuild. Serve a super cache file to anonymous users while a new file is being generated. (Recommended)
Mobile device support.
Click on Update options. Once you click on update options, WP Super Cache will show a notification that "Mod_Rewrite Rules must be updated".
Now scroll down to the page till "Mod Rewrite Rules" and click on "Update Mod_Rewrite Rules" to update these rules. Once Mod_Rewrite Rules are updated this section will turn green.
Now lets us look at few more advanced settings and its about garbage collection. In the same "Advanced" tab, scroll down to "Expiry Time & Garbage Collection".
Set up time and frequency for garbage collection of cached files on your server. Have a look at the screenshots for better garbage collection settings.
WP Super Cache Preload Tab Configuration
Preload tab in WP Super Cache allows you to create super cache static files for all WordPress posts and pages and that serve a static WordPress website.
It is a highly recommended setting as it helps to conserve server resources, improve site speed by serving static content only.
Also, it is highly useful to serve those old sites that are not being updated anymore now. Make sure you are having same settings as in the screenshot below.
Test Or Check WP Super Cache WordPress Working
Once you are done with the successful setup of WP super cache now it's time to check if WP Super Cache plugin is working fine and serving cached file or not.
To check simply Go to the Easy tab. Now you can click on "Test Cache" button to check if it's working.
WP super cache will test your cached website by fetching your WordPress website twice and will compare the time stamps of both pages.
Now if “The timestamps on both pages match!” appears like in the screenshot then it means that caching is working on your WordPress site.
Hoped that this guide helped you setup WP Super Cache on your WordPress website.
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