Setting up WordPress caching is by far the most important thing that you will have to do so you can keep your website running. You must have a clear idea of why it is important and why you need to do this immediately on your WordPress website.
When you are setting up WordPress caching, there are few things that you need to do straight away. First of all, you must update your WordPress version to the latest one. The other thing that you will have to do is to download the latest version of the WP Super Cache plugin from the WordPress plugin repository. Once you have updated your WordPress version and downloaded the plugin, you can then proceed to set up WordPress caching.
Setting Up WordPress Caching
Installing WP Super Cache
Installing WP Super Cache plugin is easy. You can either download the plugin, upload it manually or you can visit WordPress plugin directory and search for it. First, you need to go to the Dashboard > Plugins and search for the WP Super Cache for setting up WordPress caching. You can click install the plugin and then activate it by going to Dashboard > Plugins. Once you have activated the plugin, you are done.
From there on, you will have to follow few basic steps to set up caching on your WordPress site. You can go to Dashboard > Settings > WP Super Cache and you will be able to find all the settings of the plugin.
Then, you will have to go the advanced settings tab of the WP Super Cache plugin and you will be able to see three options including Caching, Miscellaneous, and Advanced.
When you are checking the advanced setting tab, you will see multiple checkboxes there. This is where you can set up caching settings. Check the image to get the recommended settings for setting up caching. Moreover, you don’t need to worry about these settings because they work with most of the hosting environments. It is the best way to setting up WordPress caching.
Check all these boxes and then update the status. A yellow box will appear after updating a status.
These are the settings of your server’s .htaccess file. From there, you need to click the button, ‘Update Mod_Rewrite Rules’. If your .htaccess file is writable, then it will turn green and overwrite the settings. After completing this configuration, you can move to the configurations of Preload tab.
When you are visiting preload settings tab, you will have multiple options there. You will have to configure the time interval between each cache refresh. When you are setting the time interval, make sure that you are setting it according to the server’s environment and your requirements.
Also, it depends on the type of hosting you are using. If you have shared web hosting, then you should set it to once a day. If you are updating your website twice a day, then you set it to 720 minutes between every cache refresh. For updating once a day, you should set it to 1440 minutes.
Once you have set it, you can update settings and then click the button that says, ‘Preload Cache Now’. Once you have clicked the button, you will have to wait for 10 minutes to move to the contents tab.
After moving to the contents tab, you will be able to see all the pages that you have cached. More importantly, you will be able to see the age of the pages which is measured in seconds.
Data you will see in this tab is related to the time interval that you have set in the previous tab. For a detailed look, you can check out the option for ‘List all cached files’ and you will be able to see the list of the cached files.
Check to see if it is working
Once you have set it up nicely, you can check it as well if it is working or not. You can head back to the first tab that states ‘Easy’ in the WP Super Cache Settings. You will be able to see the option for test cache. You can click that button to see if everything is working fine or not.