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How to Install and Setup WP Super Cache for Beginners

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Do you want to install WP Super Cache on WordPress?

Google and other search engines now consider site speed an important ranking factor. WP Super Cache will make your site faster, improve your SEO and enhance the user experience.

This article will show you how to set up WP Super Cache and install it on your site.

What is WP Super Cache and Why You Should Use It?

WP Super Cache is one of the most popular and the best WordPress caching plugins. It is a free plugin with over 2,000,000 active installations.

WP Super Cache makes a copy of each page on your site in the form of a static HTML file. This ensures that your website is served quickly to anyone who visits it.

As a result, your WordPress site’s speed and performance improve dramatically. To ensure your visitors won’t wait for pages to open, the cache plugin bypasses many steps.

With a fast-loading website, you can see a boost in your WordPress SEO and search engine rankings. Google offers a significant advantage for faster websites because it considers website speed as a ranking factor.

You’ll also make your visitors’ experience better. People will visit your site more often if it loads quickly. You will get more visitors and converts if your pages load quickly.

Are you ready to install WP Super Cache? Let’s see.

Setting Up WP Super Cache – The Easy Way

The first thing you need to do is install and activate WP Super Cache plugin on your website. For more details, you can follow our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

WP Super Cache will alert you when your activation is complete that caching has not been enabled for your site at the moment.

To enable cache, go to settings >> WP Super Cache. Next, click the Easy tab and select the ‘Caching on’ option. After you have done this, click on the “Update Status” button.

Enable caching in WP Super Cache

To verify that the cache is functioning, turn it on. Scroll down to the Cache Tester section. Click on the “Test Cache” button.

Test the cache

WP Super Cache will fetch your WordPress site twice and will compare the timestamps of both pages. If the timestamps match then caching is active on your site.

WP Super Cache Advanced Set up

It is a powerful WordPress plugin that comes with many advanced options. These options will further enhance your site’s performance and give you more control over how the plugin caches your site.

Enable Caching

Go to the Advanced tab of the WP Super Cache plugin. Next, check the box for “Enable Caching.”

WP Super Cache advanced settings

You’ll find options for Cache Delivery Method below caching. If you are a novice and don’t know how to edit your server files, we recommend the ‘Simple” option.

Enable Compression in WP Super Cache

It can compress cached files to make them more accessible. This improves the load time. Because they are smaller, browsers can download these files faster.

Scroll down to the Miscellaneous section to enable compression. Check the box that says “Compress pages” to make them more responsive to visitors.

Miscellaneous advanced cache settings

Enable Dynamic Caching

It is a plugin that allows you to cache certain pages dynamically.

You can enable dynamic caching by going to the Advanced section, and clicking the checkbox that says “Enable dynamic caching.”

Enable dynamic caching

You can enable dynamic caching in certain circumstances, especially pages with frequently changing content. Dynamic caching can be used to speed up ads-laden pages.

Set Up Expiry Time & Garbage Collection

Its lets you set up the expiry time and frequency of deleting cached pages from your server.

To begin, scroll down to the section ‘Expiry Time & Garbage Collection’ under the Advanced tab.

Set up Expiry time and garbage collection

The plugin will remove the cached page from the server and create a new cache. It will default to 1800 seconds, which is great for websites with high traffic.

If you don’t have a lot of traffic to your website, 3600 seconds might be a good start.

You can also schedule a time when the plugin will check for cached files and then remove them.

Specify Pages You Don’t Want to be Cached

The plugin will automatically cache all pages on your website. This can increase your cache file size and consume more resources. WP Super Cache lets you add pages you don’t want cached.

Scroll down to the Advanced tab section titled ‘Rejected URL Strings.’ Enter the URL string for the pages you do not want the plugin to cache in the text box.

For example, if you have an eCommerce store, then you can exclude pages that visitors don’t often visit and save server resources. These pages can include the account page, checkout page, and thank-you page.

Add page URLs to remove from caching

After you are done, click the “Save Strings” button.

Setting up CDN with WP Super Cache

Many content websites provide many static files along with every page request.

These files include JavaScripts and images as well as stylesheets. Unlike your WordPress posts which are dynamically generated by PHP, these files can be served using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) service.

A CDN is a network that contains servers located in different locations. This allows you to quickly distribute content to your visitors.

NotificationSetup a CDN using WP Super Cache requires some technical knowledge. Cloudflare, a free CDN provider, is an option that you may prefer.

Click on the CDN tab to set up CDN using WP Super Cache. Next, check the box next to the “Enable CDN support” option.

Enter your offsite URL. This will be your pull zone URL. A pull zone is a way for the CDN to locate your files and to provide them to you. For example, you can enter the following: https://cdn.wpbeginner.com

Enable CDN support

You can also enter additional CNAMEs that you have added to your pull zone in the Additional CNAMEs section. For example, http://cdn1.wpbeginner.com, http://cdn2.itheaven.net, http://cdn3.http://cdn2.itheaven.net .

Other settings can be left as default. Finally, make sure to check the box that says “Skip HTTPS URLs in order to avoid mixed content errors” and then save your changes.

Click the skip HTTPS URLs option

Your website can now serve static content via a CDN.

Serve a Static Site with WP Super Cache

It’s preload mode allows you to create static files in super cache for all pages and posts, and then serve them as static websites. Your content will load fast when someone visits your website.

Super cache static files help conserve server resources, serve old sites that are not being updated anymore, improve site speed, and only allow static content to be served.

First, go to the “Preload” tab of the WP Super Cache plugin. Next, you can choose the time to refresh the cache files.

The default setting is 600 minutes. However, you can reduce the time by publishing multiple articles per day.

Remember that preloading your entire WordPress website takes time and uses a lot of server resources. If you don’t want your static files to expire, you can set them to 0.

Preload super cache file

Next, check the boxes to enable ‘Preload mode (garbage collection disabled). It is recommended that you enable preloads for other tags, categories, and taxonomies on the website.

You can also opt to receive email alerts when your files are updated using the plugin. It defaults to using the “No Email” setting. However, you can choose an option from the dropdown menu to change this setting.

Once you are done, save your settings and click the “Preload Cache Now” button.

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