At present, more and more webmasters have realized the importance of page loading speed, for it not only affects the reading experience for readers, but also impacts the site ranking on the searching result page. In this case, we have already introduced some useful tricks concerning about how to speed up WordPress for WordPress users. This time, we’d like to introduce another method – the utilization of WP Super Cache.
In fact, WordPress community has offered a large number of plugins helping users optimize their sites and expand the functions in different areas. Among these tools, the plugin named as WP Super Cache is a powerful one used to enhance the website performance greatly. In the following, we’d like to come out a tutorial about it telling you how to configure WP Super Cache settings properly to maximize its functions for your website.
WP Super Cache Overall
In fact, WP Super Cache is one of the featured plugins recommended by WordPress.org. Since now, it has been downloaded for more than 5 million times all over the world, along with a high rating among users.
It acts as a caching engine to speed up your website by creating HTML file that is already static. The file is served for all your readers who have entered into your site. The next time they visit your website, they no longer need to wait for processing the PHP scripts, but can view the cached files quickly. In addition, this plugin can ease the heavy burden of your web server, especially when your site is experiencing a traffic peak.
To install this plugin, you firstly need to make sure that you have the mod-rewrite Apache module installed and the WordPress fancy permalinks opened on your web server. Generally, these can be done automatically by the reliable WordPress hosting. Then, you can start installing this plugin on your website.
To install it, you can go for this page for download or simply via your WordPress dashboard < Plugins < Search. After typing the name of plugin into the blank space and clicking the search button, you can get its installation link along with the version, rating, and brief descriptions.
Upon the success installation, you also need to activate this plugin in the next page by clicking the Active button. Then, you can start configuring the settings and using WP Super Cache to benefit your site.
How to Configure WP Super Cache Settings
In fact, WP Super Cache is turned off by default, so the first thing you need to do is to turn it on. Once you finish the plugin installation and activation, you can see a message as the following displayed image. From this, there is a link directing to the plugin admin page. You can click this link to cache on this plugin. Also, you can go to setting page manually from Dashboard < Settings < WP Super Cache.
Then, click the Easy Tab, check the box before the Caching On option, and finally click the Update Status button.
The next step is to click the Advanced tab to configure some advanced settings. This page contained three parts: Caching, Miscellaneous, and Advanced. You simply need to choose all the options that are recommended by this plugin, for these are the best settings suggested by plugin developer. Of course, if you have some special needs, you can configure this aspect based on your own needs. After configuring, don’t forget to click the Update Status button.
Then, there is a yellow box appeared immediately containing some lines of coding. In fact, this is the .htaccess file of your server. Simply ignore them and click the Update Mod_Rewrite Rules. If the update is successful, then the box can turn green.
More Setting Configurations
The preload setting allows the caching for every published blog posts and webpages. You can decide the refreshing interval of the preloaded cache files, choose whether to preload and mode tags, categories, and taxonomies, and choose whether to notify you of the refreshing along with the frequency.
If you want to get the caching stats of your website, you can configure the Content tab. After clicking the Regenerate Cache Stats button, you know the number of your cached posts and pages clearly.
Besides, if you want to integrate your CDN provider, simply resort to the CDN tab and enable the support of CDN. After that, enter your CDN URL and other information required, and click Save Changes button.