Do you know that page loading time is one of the ranking factors?
Have you ever tried to check your page loading time?
If not, You should check it out now:
If your site is taking ages for loading a single page then your readers must be getting away without reading your content.
In that case, you may be facing loss in terms of readership and capital.
If this is happening with you?
There could be possibly 3 main reasons:
- Using bad hosting provider
- Not optimizing images
- Not using caching mechanism
If you are using a bad hosting then I recommend you to move to Siteground, because they are Fast, Secure and provide Incredible customer support.
You can reduce page loading time of your site by using Caching Plugins.
There are large numbers free and premium Caching plugins available out there Eg WP Rocket, W3 Total Cache, WP Fastest Cache etc.
WP Rocket is one of the best caching plugins and but it is paid one. An alternative of this is W3 Total Cache but it is not newbie friendly.
In this post, I am using Wp Super Cache WordPress plugin because wp super cache is free and easy to set up.
So in this post, I will show you how to install and configure it to speed up your site.
What is Caching?
Caching is a process of storing data in a temporary storage so next time when same data is requested it will be transferred at faster rates. Caching can be done on images, font, Html, Php etc.
When you install caching plugin it creates a static page of your site/blog and when someone makes a request for a page from your site/blog static page is served to readers which will reduce page loading time.
Why WP super cache plugin?
Wp super Cache plugin helps you out in:
- Reduce page loading time
- Increasing your rankings on search engines
- Reduce bounce rates
- Save Bandwidth
How to install wp super cache plugins:
You can install Wp super cache plugins in two ways:-
- Search for Wp super cache plugin in WordPress plugin directory.
Click On Install.
Now click on Activate.
- Download Wp super cache plugin from here.
login WordPress admin panel.
Click on: Plugin> Add New> Upload Plugin> Choose File > Install Now > Activate Now.
How to configure Wp super cache plugin:
After installing and activating Wp super cache plugin you need to enable caching.
To enable caching:
Go to Setting> Wp super cache > Select caching on> Click on Update status.
After that click on test cache to check is it working fine or not.In advance option:
In advance option:
In cache delivery method select simple(Recommended)
Under Miscellaneous option enable following option:
- Don’t cache pages for known users.
- Don’t cache pages with GET parameters.
- Cache rebuild. Serve a Super cache file to anonymous users while a new file is being generated.
Under Advanced option enable following option:
- Clear all cache files when a post or page is published or updated.
- Extra Homepage checks.
With these settings, you have completely configured the WP super cache plugin.
Caching plugins can help you to reduce page loading time of your site/blog and reduce bandwidth usage. But if you have not configured the plugin correctly then it can cause the problems.
When you made some changes in site layout it does not reflect if you have enabled the caching.
So, in that case, disable the cache plugins and delete all cache from your browser