Optimizing WordPress with W3 Total Cache pluginWritten by Jacob Nicholson
However if you need more advanced caching options such as the ability to serve a static 404 error page the steps below will walk you through installing and configuring the W3 Total Cache plugin for WordPress.
- Hover over Plugins in the left-hand menu, then click Add New.
- In the Search box, type in w3 total cache and click on Search Plugins.
- Under W3 Total Cache click on Install Now.
- Click OK in the installation pop-up.
- Click Activate Plugin.
- You should now see Plugin activated.
- From the left-hand menu, you should now have a new Performance section, hover over this and click on General Settings.
- Scroll down the general settings page ensuring that each main section is enabled.
These would be:
Browser Cache, after enabling this option click on Save all settings
- Hover over Performance again in the left-hand menu, and click on Page Cache.
- Ensure that these options have a checkmark beside them, then click on Save all settings:
Cache home page
Cache feeds: site, categories, tags, comments
Cache requests only for yourdomain.com hostname
Don't cache pages for logged in users
- Finally to confirm that you've setup everything correctly, in your web-browser open up your site and hit (Ctrl-U), or go to View -> Page source to view the source of the page. Scroll to the very bottom of the page and you should see the W3 Total Cache banner letting you know the page has been optimized.
Once you've confirmed that W3 Total Cache is up and running properly on your website you're done. Now you can enjoy quicker page loads, and reduced resource usage from your WordPress site! For more information on this course please visit Recommended Plugins.