Speed up WordPress in 10 minutes with Quick Cache

Speed up WordPress with the Quick Cache plugin

The need for speed is crucial in modern webdesign. To speed up WordPress performance, caching plugins are very popular.

Introducing a caching plugin in WordPress means faster page download, better user interaction, better SEO performance, and reduced usage of server resources. It’s obvious why this is important.

In this post we’ll take a closer look at the relatively new cache plugin – Quick Cache. The impressive thing about Quick Cache is that it works great out of the box, which makes it interesting for you, if you haven’t tried caching plugins for WordPress yet, or if you’re having trouble getting some of the other plugins to work.

Why caching

The highly dynamic and customizable structure in WordPress makes it extremely easy to create exact the type of blog enviromment that you’re looking for without coding the pages yourself.

The disadvantage of this dynamic architecture is that very single page displayed in WordPress requires a massive amount of database and php requests, which requires server resources, and might slow down the site.

To reduce the resources required, several caching plugins has been developed for WordPress that can store pre processed versions of the most  frequently requested pages.

You can find plenty of caching plugins for WordPress, however many of these solutions can be complex to configure, or require access to very specific server settings to work efficiently.

The Quick Cache plugin has a few big advantages compared to other caching plugins:

  • It’s very easy to enable and configure.
  • The user interface is very intuitive, and the more advanced features has very good explanations
  • Performance out-of-the-box is significantly better than the default WordPress setup

Getting started

First you need to download and install the Quick Cache plugin.

Before you activate the Quick Cache plugin, please ensure that you have uninstalled all other WordPress Caching plugins. Having more than one caching plugin might slow down your system significantly, or even worse, make the system instabile.

Then you need to configure and activate the plugin.

Simply navigate to Plugins -> Quick Cache, where you’ll see the configuration page for Quick Cache

Wordpress Quick Cache configuration overview

To get started, simply click the “+” next to “Quick Cache (On/Off)”.

This will unfold the control panel for enabling Quick Cache. As you can see in the image below, all options in the Quick Cache configuration comes with a comprehensive explanmation.

enable quick cache for wordpress

In this case you’ll just need to set “Caching Enabled” to “on”, and then you’re up and running.

Testing

Next thing is to test if the plugin works.

First you need to logout from the admin account in WordPress, since Quick Cache don’t use cached pages for logged in users. You can change this in the “Logged In Users” section in the configuration page if this is a problem for you.

Next you should try to navigato to a random page on you blog, and view the source.

If Quick Cache is fully functional, you’ll see the following  code at the end of the html code of your page


</body>
</html>
<!-- This Quick Cache file was built for ( tips4php.net/2011/05/speed-up-your-site-with-cdn-javascript/ ) in 3.02772 seconds, on Dec 27th, 2011 at 7:49 pm UTC. -->
<!-- This Quick Cache file will automatically expire ( and be re-built automatically ) on Dec 27th, 2011 at 8:49 pm UTC -->
<!-- ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ -->
<!-- Quick Cache Is Fully Functional :-) ... A Quick Cache file was just served for ( tips4php.net/2011/05/speed-up-your-site-with-cdn-javascript/ ) in 0.00063 seconds, on Dec 27th, 2011 at 8:43 pm UTC. -->

If you don’t see this code you should try to following:

  • Ensure that you’re logged out of the WordPress admin page
  • Ensure that all other caching plugins has been uninstalled
  • Ensure that Quick Cache is enabled
Then you’re up and running. Gettign the first version installed and fully functional shouldn’t be more than a 10 min job. Then you can start to play around with the other tweaking options to see if you can get even further speed improvements.

Conclusion

If you should spend 10 minutes to get a significant speed improvement, increased SEO benefits and better user response shouldn’t be a tough question.

Quick Cache works great out of the box, and is really easy to get up and running. If you aren’t a hard core website optimization expert, this plugin is a great start, that can give your site a great uplift in speed without investing too much time or money.

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About the author
Jørgen Nicolaisen has been passionately interested in everything online since 1995. His experience is based on working with small hobby projects as well as high volume websites. Jørgen is currently focused on the PHP based programming framework - Codeigniter, and WordPress naturally

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