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.
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).
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.
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.
How to Install SG Optimizer WordPress Plugin?
- Login to your web hosting account.
- Go to cPanel – SuperCacher.
- Select Level 2: Dynamic Cache.
- Click Download plugin.
- Follow the manual plugin installation method.
The following screenshot shows from where to download it through the cPanel:
The easiest way to install the plugin directly from the WordPress dashboard, just search for “SG Optimizer” from the Plugins – Add New page, install and activate the plugin.
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:
The following screenshot shows the memcached option:
You can enable both these options using the plugin and static cache has to be enabled from the SiteGround cPanel.
- Learn how to enable SuperCacher? on your WordPress blog.
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.
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:
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.
Let me know, what kind of cache system you use on your WordPress blog? which is your favorite web hosting?