Video transcript: Setting up Super Cache Plugin
Hey guys, Harsh here, welcome to another video episode of ShoutMeLoud, so today we will learn how to enable the cache on your WordPress blog. By default, when you install WordPress blog, it’s quite fast but having a cache mechanism will make sure that your blog will load faster.
So there are various cache plugin available in the market, the one I really recommend W3TotalCache or SuperCache, the one which I use on my blog is WProcket, it’s a premium plugin so for this you need to pay some money but if you are running a general blog, you are okay with W3 Total Cache or Super Cache WordPress plugin, don’t install both the plugin at the same time, use only one of them, so for this video, I’ll be using super cache plugin because that’s a very easy to configure plugin, in the next video, I’ll also show you how to configure w3 total cache.
So let’s start the process now, before I install the plugin, let me quickly show you. So this is the blog where I’ll be installing the super cache and right now the page size is 1.2 MBPS and load time is 5.51 sec which is not good at all, so what we will do, we’ll go to the blog, install the plugin, so once the plugin is installed, click on activate plugin, this will activate the plugin and we will go to the setting and configure the plugin.
You can go to settings super cache and this is where you will configure all the settings for this plugin. the very first thing is, click on caching on, click on update status, then go to click on advance and make some changes here, so very first thing, the recommended setting is to use mod_rewrite, we’ll use that, ‘compress pages’, this option is very important because that will reduce the loading time of your blog by at least a second. Select all the recommended settings.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a very easy to configure plugin, you don’t have to do much, simply plug and play and that’s it. Once that is done, click on update status and so pretty much, that’s it. Now after that what we will do, we will go back to easy and click on test cache. This will check if our blog is reading the cache or not, so that’s it, the time stamps matches and that’s it, your cache is working fine; your plugin is configured properly. Now if you are getting this error which says ‘Re write rules must be updated’, click on advanced and select this option where it says update mod_rewrite rules, it will update your HT access files automatically and that’s it, your plugin is configured, now everything is fixed, your plugin is started working and what we can do, we’ll just open the whole page once so that it will start cache.
Now let’s do the same speed test and see how our blog is performing. Click on ‘test now’, so it started loading my blog and let’s see what the report is this time. So this time the blog loaded in 3.79 time seconds and after people started browsing your site, the more cache will be built and your blog will load much faster. Well this is one plugin you can compare the difference here, the loading time was 5.51 seconds and there was 80 requests in this case, one less request but the loading time has increased a lot.
There are few more things that you can do like integrate CloudFlare, free CDN on your blog, that will improve your loading time a lot, so that’s about the super cache plugin. If you have any questions regarding configuring super cache plugin, feel free to ask me via comments, or subscribe to my video channel for more similar updates, in the upcoming videos I will share how you can configure w3 total cache plugin.
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