When it comes to WordPress cache, there are a lot of plugins available in the market. In fact, you will be confused to decide which cache plugin to use in order to speed up your blog.

You will be hearing from other folks that, use W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, WP Rocket etc. plugins.

As of today, BlashO is hosted on SiteGround and you don’t really need any other cache plugin. Because SiteGround has its own caching plugin that’s the SG Optimizer.

I have enabled SG Optimizer and the results are awesome. I don’t need to speak about it, you can see below screenshot showing the load time (it’s around 1 second only).loading time after enabling super cacher using SiteGround

Since the plugin is developed by SiteGround, it is specially made to work with their web hosting servers. Technically, it will be compatible 100% to the web server and hence the performance of your blog will top notch.

No doubt.

You can read my detailed SiteGround review where I have discussed each and every feature of their WordPress web hosting.

In this article, I will take you through the details of SG Optimizer caching plugin and help you to understand how it helps to reduce the loading time of your blog.SiteGround WordPress Plugin Review

How to Install SG Optimizer WordPress Plugin?

The plugin is available in the official WordPress directory and also, available for download from your SiteGround cPanel.

  1. Login to your web hosting account.
  2. Go to cPanelSuperCacher.
  3. Select Level 2: Dynamic Cache.
  4. Click Download plugin.
  5. Follow the manual plugin installation method.

The following screenshot shows from where to download it through the cPanel:Download SG Optimizer
The easiest way to install the plugin directly from the WordPress dashboard, just search for “SG Optimizer” from the PluginsAdd New page, install and activate the plugin.SG Optimizer

Setup SG Optimizer plugin to Enable SuperCacher on your blog.

Using the plugin, you can setup the Dynamic Cache and Memcached (that’s called the SuperCacher).

  • When Dynamic Cache is enabled, it stores the entire page in the servers RAM as a cache for the first time request and afterward, serves the content quickly for your visitors. You can also exclude certain pages from the cache system so that it will be always served from the original source instead of serving directly from the servers RAM cache.
  • When Memcached is enabled, it uses the server’s memory to store the frequently executed queries from the database for a faster access on a later use.

Both the above options can be enabled/disabled using the SG Optimizer plugin.

Further,  using SG Optimizer you can also:

  • purge the cache, that means you get the option to remove SiteGround cache
  • enable automatic cache flushing, that means whenever a change in content (for example, you edit a blog post) cache gets flushed automatically

The following screenshot shows the dynamic cache option:WordPress Dynamic Cache Setup

The following screenshot shows the memcached option:WordPress Memcached Setup

You can enable both these options using the plugin and static cache has to be enabled from the SiteGround cPanel.

Hence when you use SiteGround you don’t even need a cache plugin like WP Rocket or W3 Total Cache.

Configuring PHP version directly from the blog.

Time to time SiteGround recommends the PHP version to use for your WordPress blog. When you visit the below page, you can see the recommended version of PHP and also, it has an option to choose the PHP version.Recommended PHP Version

It is always good to choose the recommended version of PHP based on WordPress requirements.

Configuring HTTPS directly from the blog.

Using SG Optimizer, you can enable HTTPS connection for your entire blog.

The following are the various options available with this plugin:

  • force HTTPS so that every connection will go through HTTPS and always ensures a secure connection to your server
  • avoids the mixed content warning, that means every URL (even external domains) will be https based, the plugin changes it at runtime
  • it is recommended to disable other methods of forcing HTTPS when you use SG Optimizer plugin

The screenshot below shows the HTTPS option:enable https in WordPress using SiteGround

Conclusion.

As stated earlier, there are a lot of caching plugins available in the market like WP Rocket, W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache. When you use SiteGround, you don’t need any other plugin instead you can use the only SG optimizer plugin which works closely with the web server better.

For BlashO, currently, it is hosted with SiteGround, using the SG Optimizer + W3 Total Cache plugin in order to achieve a reduced loading time of around 1 second.

If you are really serious about the loading time of your blog better move SiteGround + use the SG Optimizer plugin.

Let me know, what kind of cache system you use on your WordPress blog? which is your favorite web hosting?

2018-01-13T23:03:35+00:00

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