WordPress Caching with WP Super Cache

WordPress Caching with WP Super Cache

Objectives of this article:

Understand what a cache plugin is and what it does Know how to use WP Super Cache In this article, we will take a detailed look at what a cache plugin is and what it actually does to improve the performance of our website or blog .

What is caching?

To begin with, when you browse a website whose content is generated by a CMS (Content Management System in good French) and you want to view a page or an article, the CMS in question will perform several actions related to these data and it takes time (loading):Search for information in a database Retrieve the information corresponding to the web page Compile the information to display the web page Therefore, caching is the process of “skipping” these steps by storing the information in a database or on a computer and displaying static pages .It is therefore essential to cache your site to improve the performance of your website or blog . Caching notably makes it possible to increase the loading speed of the site in question because it is present in several places in the world.Note that Google but also your visitors prefer a website that is fast or even very fast rather than a slow site. The loading speed of a site is one of Google’s selection criteria so it is better to pay attention to it.As you will have understood, caching your website only improves the comfort of your users as well as your notoriety in the eyes of Google and therefore indirectly your natural referencing .Finally, let’s see how to cache our WordPress site with the well-known plugin WP Super Cache.

What is WP Super Cache?

WP Super Cache is the benchmark WordPress caching plugin . It is the most famous and one (or the) most downloaded cache plugin. To be honest, it is even the startup Automattic (creators of WordPress) that manages the plugin.Wp Super Cache does not really require technical skills to set it up.

How to install WP Super Cache?

To install the WP Super Cache plugin, it’s very simple, you just need to go to your dashboard and go to Extensions > Add .Thus, once here, we see that it appears directly without any action on our part. But in case it does not appear, I invite you to go look for it using the search bar at the top left. Just type in WP Super Cache and you will see it appear. Then click on “Install” then “Activate”.Once the plugin is activated, you will be redirected to the page where all your plugins are installed. Look for Wp Super Cache and click on “Options” or go directly to Settings > Wp Super Cache so that you can enable caching.Finally, when you have enabled website caching, test the cache to verify that it is working properly.Next, let’s move on to the more technical configuration of the WP Super Cache plugin.

How to configure WP Super Cache?

The configuration of WP Super Cache is quite simple but let’s see in detail the different things to do according to the plugin support for maximum efficiency .First, go to the “Advanced” tab and check the following boxes:Enable Caching: Enable caching Simple (Recommended) Do not cache pages for known users (Recommended). To avoid caching items that were already cached when you last visited the site. Compress pages so that they are served faster (Recommended) Cache Rebuild (Recommended) Serves a SuperCache file to anonymous users while a new file is generated. Used to show the last caching since the last modification of the page (comment on an article for example). 304 Not Modified browser caching. Indicates when a page has not been modified since the last request. Mobile device support. For mobile device support.

Then go further down and check:

Extra homepage checks. Gives higher importance on homepage caching. Please update the statutes to save your changes.And finally, go to the “CDN” tab and just check “Enable CDN Support” to enable CDN support. The CDN provides access to images, Javascript and CSS files from another site. This therefore improves the loading speed.

Final test and review

Now let’s take a look at GTmetrix’s percentage ratings to understand what’s changing or not changing with the addition of our site caching plugin.To start with, here is the result given when I don’t have a cache plugin:We see that the PageSpeed ​​Score is 66% and the YSlow is 69%, which gives us a D. Then the loading time is 3.6 seconds.Now let’s see the result when I add and configure the WP Super Cache plugin.We see that the PageSpeed ​​Scode and the YSlow are the same as before but that the loading time has greatly reduced. We saved 0.8 seconds of loading time.The contract is therefore fulfilled, the loading speed of our website has decreased . Our site is faster .To wrap up, I could say that the WP Super Cache cache plugin is great for novices and people who don’t feel like digging into it too much.

How to improve the natural referencing of your site?

To improve the natural referencing of your site, you simply have to offer quality to search engines. That’s all.How? ‘Or’ What ? You need a site with clean code, fast loading speed, no dead links, quality backlinks, and SEO optimized articles.