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    WP super cache : WordPress optimization plugin

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    When we compiled out list of Best cache plugin, Wp Super cache is one of the recommended plugin in the list. There are many other plugins out there, but Super cache stands out among them because of it’s simplicity. Unlike W3 total cache, which need technical how to for proper configuration, where as Super cache is more like a plug and run plugin.

    Why you need Wp Super cache plugin?

    When ever we talk about performance in WordPress, we know caching mechanism helps a lot to save server execution time and reduce the load time. 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 increases significantly. Having a caching mechanism on WordPress in a shared hosting is essential for smooth running of your WP site.

    Read: How many plugins we should use?

    The basic idea of the last post was 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 which helps you optimizing your database by generating static HTML files and which is use 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.

    Specially 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 will 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 quickly set up cache plugin.

    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

    Wp Super cache settings WP super cache : Wordpress optimization plugin

    Advance option:

    • 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 supercache 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 advnace tab option comes to Mod rewrites rule and click on “Update mod_Rewrite rules”

    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 Easy tab and use option of test cache under “Cache tester“. And if everything goes fine, your Super cache setup is finally done.

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    So, which cache plugin are you using? have you used Super cache before? How’s your experience with them?

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    { 9 comments… read them below or add one }

    George Serradinho

    I love this plug-in, really needed by many websites now days.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Very true George.. This is one of the highly recommended plugin for most of the wordpress blogs

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    Curious Little Person

    Never heard of this one, but if static pages are used – it’s definitely a good option

    Thanks, Will try this out!

    Cheers
    Sandeep

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    Harsh Agrawal

    This is one of the must have wordpress plugin.
    I will compile a list of must have wordpress plugin soon..

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    Tanuj Lakhina

    I already have this plugin installed but my page still takes around 26 seconds to load. Anything that I should do further to reduce load time?

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    Deepanshu

    harsh plz help me..i m confused between wp super cache and wp total..i m absolute newbie :-( plz have a look at my site and suggest which will be better..my site loading timing sucks at the moment :-(

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Deepanshu W3 total cache is better now as they have added lots of options..
    If you have super cache installed, I would suggest uninstall it completely and then install W3 total cache.
    You can use this post as a reference for Installing w3 total cache:
    http://www.shoutmeloud.com/how-to-install-configure-w3-total-cache-wordpress-plugin.html

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    Deepanshu

    thanks…i tried total cache but it broke my theme ..maybe i couldnt configure it properly…anyways wp super cache isnt bad also.. :-P

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    rajan

    Done all you said but confused thinking about other settings like content, CDN & other..how to deal with them..?

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