If you’re looking for ways to speed up your website, this is one of the easiest ways you can do so. My favorite caching plugin, W3 Total Cache, can take care of many different things to reduce your site load time.
W3 Total Cache has a plethora of options to pick and choose, and it can be very confusing to know which ones to turn on. I’m going to walk you through setting up W3 Total Cache for WordPress today!
The first thing you’ll need to do is log in to your WordPress dashboard and install the W3 Total Cache plugin. Once you activate it, there will be a new Performance button on the left hand side of the dashboard. Click on that to bring up the options page.
You’ll see a yellow bar at the top of the screen that says “Preview mode is active: Changed settings will not take effect until preview mode is deploy or disable. Click on the disable button. You can now begin to tweak your settings.
Check the Enable box under the following sections and save your changes:
- Page Cache
- Database Cache
Next, click the Minify link at the top. Check the following boxes under the HTML & XML section, then click Save All Settings:
- Inline CSS minification
- Inline JS minification
- Don’t minify feeds
- Line break removal
You’re almost done! Click on the Browser Cache link at the top. Check the following boxes under the General section, then Save All Settings:
- Set expires header
- Set cache control header
- Set entity tag (eTag)
- Do not process 404 errors for static objects with WordPress
The last thing you’ll need to do is empty the page cache. Just click the button in the yellow bar that appeared as you were adjusting settings.
You’re done setting up the plugin! This should help decrease your site load time even more. What other tips do you have for decreasing load time?