In the list of best cache plugins, WP Super Cache is one of the top recommended plugins for its functionality and simplicity.
Unlike W3 Total Cache, which requires advanced configuration, WP Super Cache is plug and play.
Why do you need the WP Super Cache plugin?
Whenever we talk about performance in WordPress, we know caching mechanisms help a lot to save server execution time and reduce the overall load time of a page.
A plugin like WP Super Cache creates static pages of your site, which reduces the page serving time and also performs a fewer number of PHP calls; without caching your page, load times will increase significantly. Having a caching mechanism on WordPress (especially if you’re on shared hosting) is essential for the smooth running of your site.
If you’re using a lot of plugins, you also may face load time issues.
- Related read: How Many WordPress Plugins Should We Use?
The WP Super Cache WordPress plugin is one such plugin that helps you optimize your database by generating static HTML files, which are used to serve the request. This way, when any page is requested from your blog, static pages will be served instead of processing all of the PHP scripts.
In particular, on shared hosting where there are lots of limitations, the best advice is to optimize your WordPress blog before you end up crashing your server, or your blog starts showing page-load errors.
How to install and configure WP Super Cache:
As I mentioned above, WP Super Cache is a simple plug and play plugin, and you hardly need to configure anything.
I’ll show you my WP Super Cache configuration, and you can copy these settings and use them for your own website.
First, install the WP Super Cache plugin from the WP dashboard, or from here.
If you need help, check out this guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Once installed, you need to switch on the cache by going to Settings > WP Super Cache.
They offer many features, but for non-technical people, this will get you started:
Easy > Cache On > Update Status
- Cache hits to this website for quick access. (Recommended)
- Use Mod_rewrite to save cache files. (Recommended)
- Compress pages so they’re served more quickly to visitors. (Recommended)
- Cache rebuild. Serve a supercache file to anonymous users while a new file is being generated. (Recommended)
- Mobile device support.
Click on “Update Options”.
If you get an error like “difference in mod_rewrite” or “.htaccess rule”, under the “Advanced” tab, go to “Mod Rewrites rule” and click on “Update mod_Rewrite rules”.
Here is a video tutorial to learn how to set up the WP Super Cache plugin:
Once you have set up both tabs, it’s time to check if Super Cache is serving cached files or not. Simply go to the “Easy” tab and use the option to test the cache under “Cache tester”. And if everything goes fine, your Super Cache setup is finally done.
Let me know: Which cache plugin are you using? Have you used WP Super Cache before? Let me know your experience in the comments below.
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