Looking for a WP Super Cache tutorial to help you get up and running with this popular WordPress caching plugin? Below, we’ll take you through every setting and action you need to take to properly speed up your WordPress site with WP Super Cache.
Complete WP Super Cache tutorial
Let’s get right into the WP Super Cache tutorial.
Once you install and activate the plugin, go to the Settings → WP Super Cache tab to start configuring the plugin.
Step 1: Configure the plugin’s general settings
By default, WP Super Cache turns off caching until you manually enable it, and it’s the option you’ll see when you delve into the plugin’s settings:
Below this section, you’ll find an overview of your current plugin configuration.
At this stage, you might want to wait to turn the plugin on, as there are a few settings you’ll want to configure that affect how the caching functions. When you’re done, remember to return to the Easy tab to turn on caching.
Next, you can move on to step two in our WP Super Cache tutorial.
Step 2: Go over the plugin’s advanced cache configuration
Next, move over to the Advanced tab.
Here, you can choose which Cache Delivery Method to use. The default (Simple) uses PHP to serve cached static files. In contrast, the Expert option uses an Apache module for serving those files:
The Apache method requires you tweak your .htaccess file and set up the mod_rewrite module. If your website uses custom permalinks, the module should already be set up. On the other hand, if you’re an Nginx user, you’ll have to set up custom rules for your server if you want to use this method.
Overall, although the Apache method is a bit faster, the Simple option should do the trick for most websites – and it’s far less likely to cause errors.
For that reason, we recommend starting with the Simple option unless you feel comfortable editing your site’s .htaccess file.
Next, scroll down to the Cache Restrictions settings under the Miscellaneous heading: