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How to Configure WP Super Cache Settings for Maximum WordPress Speed Optimization

updated on Dec 29, 2014
How to Configure WP Super Cache Settings for Maximum WordPress Speed Optimization We have worked out a comprehensive tutorial to teach you how to configure WP Super Cache settings to speed up your WordPress websites. WP Super Cache is a useful WordPress plugin, which is widely used by millions of WordPress users around the world. In addition, this plugin is free for anyone to use.

There are many methods to speed up your WordPress sites, such as installing a WordPress cache plugin, optimizing images, using a Content Delivery Network, and so on. Besides, choosing a fast WordPress hosting company to host your site is a good option.

One of the best methods to maximize the speed of your WordPress websites is installing WP Super Cache plugin from your dashboard under the section of Plugins. After installing this plugin, you need to configure its settings, including general settings, mod_rewrite rules, garbage collection and rejected user agents. In below, we have listed the main steps for configuring these settings. Proceed to the details as follows.

Configure General Settings

Once you have logged into your WordPress dashboard, go to the "Plugins" section and choose WP Super Cache plugin. Then, go to "Advanced" tab. At this time, you can see several parts under this tab, including "Caching", "Miscellaneous" and "Advanced". If you want to learn more about this plugin, you need to scroll down to the "Note" section, and click "Super Cache readme file".

If you have any problem, you can click "support forum" to look for the answer you need.If you can't find teh answer, you can write the details of your issue and wait for a reply from experts and experienced users.

As you can see in the following screenshot, there are multiple buttons and 1 box under "Caching", and the last button is selected by default. Then, you need to check the box and click the first button. Besides, 6 boxes are lying under "Miscellaneous", and 7 boxes are under "Advanced" part. Next step is to check the first 3 boxes under "Miscellaneous". After this, click the Blue button of "Update Status" in the lower-left corner of this tab to finish this step.

WP Super Cache Settings - general settings

Configure Mod_Rewrite Rules

After finishing the general settings, you are able to see a yellow box as follows. The fastest way to caching is to use modrewrite rules. Then, the only thing you need to do is to click "Update ModRewrite Rules" to configure mod_rewrite rules.

WP Super Cache Settings - mod_rewrite rules

Configure Garbage Collection

Scroll down to the section of "Expiry Time & Garbage Collection" and type "3600" in left of "Cache Timeout", which allows the cache files to being removed every hour. However, if you don't often update content of your site and there are less than 1,000 posts at your site, you can enter a number larger than 3,600. If you are running a site that has more than 2,500 posts, you need to make a lower setting, such as 1,800 or lower to prevent CPU issues caused by the quantities of files.

Next, click "Change Expiration" to complete garbage collection setting.

WP Super Cache Settings - garbage collection

Configure Rejected User Agents

We suggest you keeping the default user agents of the list to ensure the bots from pages and caching content won't appear, which are even not usually seen by your visitors. You should know that your site visitors don't like to waste time on the useless resources. Besides, this also can help you make your site run faster.

WP Super Cache Settings - rejected user agents