These days, site speed has become one of the crucial SEO factors. Search engines are ranking pages according to the Page Speed of the website. If your website isn’t fast, it may affect your Search engine rankings.
There are the number of ways to speed up your WordPress website however a caching plugin contributes the most. Here at 3nions, we are using W3 Total Cache plugin which is also good. But for now, lets talk about WP super cache. WP Super Cache is the best WordPress optimisation plugin. It has n number of features for speeding up your website. One of our regular readers asked us to write about WP Super Cache Plugin’s settings & configuration Guide, as it is little complicated to install and use. Hence in this post, I will give you the complete tutorial on How to install and setup WP Super Cache plugin on your WordPress site.
I have already written a separate blog post on Best WordPress Cache Plugins in past days. In that post, I’ve also listed WP Super Cache plugin.
Now the question will come in your mind that which is the best WordPress cache plugin, WP Super cache or W3 Total Cache ?
Both of these plugins are free and have a lot of active installations. Both have limitless features. But I will recommend that, if you own a big website like eCommerce or marketplace, you should go for WP Super cache plugin. And Simply if you own a small blog or website, you should go for W3 total cache plugin. You can install any one of them according to your needs.
Read this: Gzip Compression: Speed up WordPress site
WP Super Cache is the best FREE caching plugin according to WordPress. But I don’t understand it when I was the beginner on WordPress. I think it is a little bit hard for newbies. But anyways it has 1 million plus active installs means people are really using it. Now let us not waste more time and begin with the installation of WP Super Cache plugin.
How to install WP Super Cache plugin?
If you are intermediate WordPress user then you should skip this paragraph and go to Setup WP Super Cache plugin. So Beginners, take a look at the screenshot given below.
If this screenshot isn’t explaining enough Go to your WordPress Dashboard. There you will see your site overview, post count, and other kinds of stuff. This post has nothing to do with that. Follow the steps below.
- Click on “Plugins” and after that “Add New” in your WordPress dashboard (refer the step 1 in the screenshot).
- After that, Search for “WP Super Cache” in the search bar present in the right upper corner of the page (refer step 2 in the screenshot). On searching, you will get many results. The original plugin has 1 million active installs.
- Refer to the step 3 in the screenshot (recognize the plugin) and click “Install Now”. After installing click “Activate Plugin“
- Congratulations! you’re done installing WP Super cache plugin on your WordPress site. Now lets set it up.
How to Setup WP Super Cache plugin ?
I think, Setting up WP Super Cache plugin is nearly easy as you do not have to configure it much. Let us start it.
Now Go to the settings on your WordPress Dashboard and click on WP Super Cache. It will open WP Super Cache settings page where you can change your default settings. There are some simple settings for absolute beginners. For more details, take a look at the screenshot below.
WP Super Cache Easy Settings
On the easy tab under settings page of WP Super Cache, you will come to see the caching ON, OFF option. Of Course, you have to turn ON Caching which is recommended. After that, Click on “Update Status” button which will Turn ON caching for your WordPress site.
When the cache becomes old and you want a fresher version of it, click “Delete Cache” button merely present below the “Update Status button”. There are also some recommended links and plugins on that page, you may wish to install.
After Turing ON caching you have to click on the Advanced tab to make it more effective. On Advanced tab, you will see a large amount of check boxes, from which you have to check some of them. See the screenshot given below and check the similar boxes on your WP Super Cache’s Advanced tab (They are marked with the red boxes). In simple words, Copy Me.
Let me explain to you what you’ve just done 🙂
Cache hits to this website for quick access option does the same thing as the “ON” option on the easy tab. Just make sure that it is checked if you have made any changes in the advanced tab.
Use mod_rewrite to serve cache files option will enable the fastest method to serve cache to your visitors. But the developer has recommended PHP method for advanced users as well as newbies. By the way, Mod_rewrite is fastest. PHP is fast and easy. While legacy caching is slower.
Cache Rebuild will serve static HTML files to anonymous users while a new file is being generated. Those files can also be called as super cache files.
Mobile device Support will generate cached files for mobile users and enable caching for mobile devices as well.
If you have selected all of these options, Go to the bottom of the page and hit “Update Status” button to save all the settings. If you will face any issues like the difference in mod_rewrite or .htaccess rule don’t panic. Just click on Update mod_Rewrite rules under the Advanced tab.
Done ? Now let’s check whether this plugin is working or not. Move on to the Easy tab. Click on the “test cache” button under cache tester. If everything is okay, you’ve successfully installed and setup WP Super Cache plugin.
WP Super Cache CDN features
This is not for Beginners.
What is CDN ? : A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a globally distributed network of proxy servers deployed in multiple data centers.
Was that weird ? 😉
In simple words, It increases website speed. They create the static (HTML) version of your most visited page which can be further served to the visitors without retrieving data from your web server or database. Hence, the requests to your server or database gradually decrease. It also prevents website overloading. It also saves your Bandwidth.
Here at 3nions, we are using CloudFlare CDN. As it is free and comes with a free DDoS protection. There are some cache plugins which can support Cloudflare on your WordPress site.
For enabling CDN on WP Super cache plugin, check “enable CDN support” under CDN tab. Enter your Off-site URL. For Example, http://cdn.3nions.com. Make sure that you have selected this option, “Skip https URLs to avoid “mixed content” errors“. You can also add additional CNAMES to improve your site performance on different browsers. Click on save changes.
The other tabs are for advanced users, so I’m not going for that right now. I want this post to be beginner friendly. Going in deep settings may not be grasped by normal users. And the settings I’ve explained above are only recommended and important.
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