Here you’ll discover how to install and setup the best caching plugin for WordPress.
WP Super Cache is easy to setup and will give your self-hosted WordPress site a speed boost that will be good for your visitors as well as search engines.
What is caching?
WordPress is a dynamic, database driven system that puts extra work on your server. This can be a problem if your hosting is underpowered or has put restrictions on your bandwidth or CPU usage.
Caching is a process where visitors are served static, fast-loading HTML pages instead of having to call the database every time it needs to create a page.
WP Super Cache creates a separate set of files for visitors that makes your pages load much faster that also update when new content is added to your site.
Using a caching plugin with WordPress gives you the best of both worlds. Dynamic content and speed.
Why speed matters
The page loading speed of your site matters for 2 reasons:
- User experience – People are busy and impatient.
- SEO and Google ranking – A slow loading site ranks lower in results.
Relevance is still the primary SEO factor but all things being equal, the faster site will come up higher in the results. Watch Is speed more important than relevance? (Google webmaster help video)
Test your sites speed:
If you have a self-hosted WordPress site, you need to have this plugin working for you to improve the reader experience as well as your SEO ranking.
How to setup WP Super Cache
1. Navigate to Plugins >> Add New and enter ‘WP Super Cache’ into the search field.
2. Activate the plugin then go to Settings >> WP Super Cache, in the Easy tab, turn caching on and click the Update Status button.
3. Navigate to the Advanced tab, select all the indicated buttons on that page and click the Update Status button.
The plugin will most likely make a fuss about Mod_Rewrite Rules. Ignore the terror that comes up when you hear terms like that and just scroll down a little ways on the page.
4. Find the Update Mod_Rewrite Rules button and click it.
5. Test the speed of your site in a different browser (not logged in to WordPress).
Navigate through a few different pages. It should speed up a little as the plugin creates more files that will speed up the browsing experience.
Now test your website’s load times again to see the difference this plugin has made!
Any issues or questions with using this plugin? Let us know in the comments. 🙂