What is WordPress Caching?
WordPress caching is used to improve the website page load and render speed. Caching your WordPress site will also reduce the server load as caching will save a copy of the website generated from sql queries and convert this into a html page.
After this plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog, it will then start to serve the html file instead of processing the comparatively heavier WordPress PHP scripts to every new visitor. You can configure how often caching takes place, but by default it will be once every hour. This means your PHP scripts and SQL queries run only once an hour which reduces server load and speeds up loading times for your visitors.
Two of the top WordPress Caching plugins:
WP Super Cache – Very simple WordPress Caching plugin with few options but works well. We recommended this for beginners.
W3 Total Cache – A more complex caching plugin, offering content delivery network support and object caching. It might be overwhelming for newbie, but useful for experienced bloggers.
Installing and Configuring WordPress Caching
- Log in to your WordPress website
- Hover over plugins and select ADD NEW
- Search or either of the plugins listed above, Most people should use WP Super Cache
- Click install
- Once installed you will find the plugin under settings->WP Super Cache
- First thing to do is to enable caching
- For most people the following enabled options will do fine, tweak as required
Should you require any assistance with installing or configuring caching on your WordPress installation, please contact the Raid Host support team.