Speeding up your site

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  • Keymaster
    February 1, 2015 at 2:38 am #2334

    For speeding up WordPress sites, a plugin that we’ve started to recommend is W3 Total Cache. Once installed, activated, and tweaked a little, this plugin speeds up your website by serving cached versions to your website visitors (anyone who isn’t logged in). This can drastically speed up your site and decrease the strain on your server, so we definitely recommend it (because search engines love fast loading websites).

    Once you install and activate that plugin, the only option we really recommend using is the Page Cache feature. To enable it, you’ll go toWordPress Admin > Performance > General Settings and in the second section, tick the box to enable Page Cache and choose “Disk: Enhanced” for Page Cache Method.

    One thing to be mindful of here: once you’ve done this, the plugin will begin serving cached versions to customers who aren’t logged in. This means that whenever you make an essential change (like editing the homepage or adding a new post), you’ll want to reset the cache (so that website visitors aren’t seeing outdated content). To do so, while logged into WordPress, look to the top admin bar, mouse over “Performance”, and click “Empty all Caches”. Or, if your changes only affect one page/post, click “Purge from Cache” while viewing that page.

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