If you want the fastest load time for your WordPress site, you need to implement caching on the page. This is one of the factors most likely to affect website performance, and it is an essential tool for optimizing page loading and other settings on the server.
Today we will see how to implement the WP Super Cache Plugin in your WordPress installation. This is one of the most popular caching plugins available, and it is almost guaranteed to help you improve your site’s loading speeds.
What is Cache and Why It Matters
Web page caching is nothing more than saving previously compiled pages in a static way, similar to opening pages created only in HTML format. When visitors come to your page, they will see this cached version instead of generating it again in the entire WordPress system. This reduces the amount of processing required by WordPress and helps to provide the page to visitors faster; there is no need to dynamically generate the page through PHP or retrieve the requested information through the database.
Of course, your website is dynamic and will get updated with new content from time to time, so caching tools are cleaning regularly the cache version to always stay with the latest version. Otherwise, a cached page could contain outdated information and hide new entries from the visitor.
All these features can are available in plugins like WP Super Cache. This plugin can be downloaded from the official WordPress repository and is responsible for implementing all the above systems to speed up page access and reduce resource consumption.
How to Use WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is a relatively simple plugin. For those who do not have too advanced knowledge about using this type of tool, it will be quite easy to understand. The first step to get it up and running is to download it from the plugin repository, and activate it. Once it is up and running, it will notify you that the cache is not activated and that you need to configure it.
Follow the below steps to download and activate the plugin.
1. Log in to your WordPress administration panel.
2. Click on Plugins and Add New.
3. Search for WP Super Cache, and click Install.
4. Once installed, click on Activate.
Once this is done, go to Settings > WP Super Cache. There you will see several tabs that you can use to configure the plugin.
Easy Mode: Just speed up your website with a simple click.
The Easy section has a quite appropriate name: it allows you to activate or deactivate the main cache options with a single and simple change. Although the plugin comes with a pretty acceptable configuration and could be simply activated from this section, we recommend to familiarize yourself with the rest of the settings to fully understand how your pages will be served to the public.
If you don’t want to go any deeper, and want to speed up the loading time of your website adding complexity, you can simply use this feature. However, we recommend to browse the other tabs and select the recommended options to further improve performance.
Advanced: an additional feature to reduce further the load time of your website.
In the Advanced tab, there are many more options that we can use to control the cache of your pages. Here is where you can tweak the plugin’s configuration to suit your site needs, as it will depend on the type of content you offer.
The rest, we would leave it the same, without making any changes. If you have correctly configured the plugin, the difference in loading speeds should be noticeable. Making use of the cache to serve your pages will not only make your site speed up considerably but may even be rated better by the search engines. It may also reduce the processing load on your server by not having to access your database on every page you display to your visitors.
You can use this tool to check the current load time of the website, and the load time after the plugin is installed.
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