When we compiled the list of Best cache plugin, WP Super Cache is one of the top recommended plugins for it’s simplicity.
Unlike W3 total cache, which requires advance configuration, WP Super cache is plug and play plugin.
Why you need WP Super Cache plugin?
Whenever we talk about performance in WordPress, we know caching mechanism helps a lot to save server execution time and reduce the load time. A plugin like WP Super Cache creates the static pages of your site, which reduces the page serving time and also less number of PHP calls, as without caching your page load will increase significantly. Having a caching mechanism on WordPress in a shared hosting is essential for smooth running of your WP site.
The basic idea of the last post was to give you a picture that using lots of WordPress plugin might slow down your WordPress blog and in case if you are expecting lots of traffic, it’s better to disable few plugins to limit your SQL queries.
WP super cache WordPress plugin is one such plugin that helps you optimizing your database by generating static HTML files and which is used to serve the request. This way when any page is requested from your blog, static page will be served instead of processing all PHP scripts.
Especially if you are on shared hosting, where we have lots of limitations like no of processor usage at the single instance, the best advice is to optimize your WordPress blog before you end up crashing your server or showing page loading error.
How to Install and configure WP Super Cache:
As I mentioned above, Super cache is a simple plug and play plugin, and you hardly need to configure anything. Here I’m adding the screenshot of my Super Cache plugin configuration, which will help you to set up cache plugin quickly.
If you know how to Install WordPress plugin, simply search for “Super cache” and install & activate it on your WordPress site. 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 here are some settings, which will help you to get started: I’m mentioning the option in different tab, which you should enable for faster serving of your pages:
Easy option: Cache on > Update Status
- Cache hits to this website for quick access. (Recommended)
- Use Mod_rewrite
- Compress pages so they’re served more quickly to visitors. (Recommended)
- Cache rebuild. Serve a super cache file to anonymous users while a new file is being generated.
- Mobile device support.
- Click on Update options
If you get an error like difference in mod_rewrite or .htaccess rule, under advance tab option comes to Mod rewrites rule and click on “Update mod_Rewrite rules.”
Here is a video tutorial to learn how to setup WP Super Cache plugin:
Once you have set up both the tabs, it’s time to check if Super Cache plugin is serving cached file or not. Simply go to the Easy tab and use the option of test cache under “Cache tester“. And if everything goes fine, your Super cache setup is finally done.
So, which cache plugin are you using? Have you used Super cache before? How’s your experience with them?