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When it comes to WordPress blog speed, there are so many factors which affect it:
- Web hosting servers – The server decides almost the 40% of your blog speed especially a better server shall respond quickly by delivering content at high-speed to the user browser. It also decides how it handles the load when the traffic spikes on your WordPress blog and the load time impact.
- WordPress theme – Almost 20% of the speed is dependent on your WordPress theme. If you are using a lightweight theme then for sure your blog loads faster. I used Avada WordPress theme and its one of the best selling WordPress theme from Themeforest in the industry trusted by more than 300k+ WordPress blogs. The theme is well coded and can be customized to be lightweight enabling faster download from the server to browser.
- Content caching – The remaining 40% of the speed is dependent on Content Caching. There are different ways to enable content caching for your WordPress blog. The easiest way is to use a plugin like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache. However, when you are with SiteGround, you don’t need to configure any such plugins instead SiteGround directly offers content caching at different levels.
In this article, I will take you through the steps to enable SuperCacher in SiteGround.
Method #1: Enabling SuperCacher directly from SiteGround cPanel.
Let’s see the detailed steps to enable SuperCacher.
- Login to your SiteGround account.
- Go to My Account – cPanel Home.
- Under WordPress Tools, select SuperCacher.
- Now you can see all the levels of cache options available.
- Select Level 1: Static Cache and choose on under manage domain cache.
- Select Level 3: Memcached and choose on.
- For enabling Level 2, you can follow the Method #2.
Method #2: Enabling SuperCacher using the SG Optimizer Plugin.
From the cPanel, you can enable the Static Cache and Memcached options. In order to enable the Dynamic Cache, you can use the SG Optimizer WordPress plugin.
Let’s see the detailed steps to enable SuperCacher using WordPress Plugin:
- Login to your WordPress dashboard.
- Go to Plugins – Add New and search for “SG optimizer”.
- Click on Install Now and then Activate.
- Once Installed, go to SG Optimizer – SuperCacher Config page.
- Click on Dynamic Cache as shown in the screenshot.
Now your WordPress blog is enabled with all the 3 levels of cache options: Static Cache, Dynamic Cache, Memcached.
Head-on to Pingdom tools and do a speed test, you will be surprised by the reduced loading time of your blog.
I did a test today and the result follows (BlashO loads around ~1 second only):
The SG Optimizer plugin has many other options:
- You can purge (clean) all the cached data.
- You can exclude certain pages from being cached.
- Enable/Disable Memcached option.
- Choose the PHP version to use.
- Enable HTTPS configuration etc.
I will cover all the features of the SG Optimizer plugin in a different blog post.
The steps are simple, I hope you are able to enable Super Cacher for your WordPress blog using my help.
In case, if you face any problems in enabling the cache options, you can contact SiteGround support they will be able to help you quickly.
In case, if you are not using SiteGround between go for it and you can amazingly improve the speed of your WordPress blog without much hard work.