You may know that a slight improvement in site loading time can affect your overall sales, revenue, and ranking. Only a top cache plugin can do these things for you. But you have to configure the plugin properly to get the best result. That’s why we are going to provide the details about configuring the WP Fastest Cache settings in this article.
While setup a WP website, increasing the loading speed can be a kind of tough task. But the WP Fastest Cache settings are super easy when comparing to the other existing cache plugins. Anybody can set up this plugin very quickly. You have to do some clicks to get this work; the plugin will do itself all other stuff.
What is WP Fastest Cache plugin?
Before we proceed, we should know some necessary information about WP Fastest Cache plugin. It is a kind of web performance plugin which helps the web administrators to manage cache inside the WordPress CMS. This is a very decent plugin that is used for website optimizations. WP Fastest Cache has the unbeaten algorithm for caching. It comes with a default feature for combining the StackPath CDN and also other web performance features.
It can be a great solution to enable cache on your WordPress blog and boost the loading speed of your site. If you manage a website on WordPress, then you should use this plugin to improve your website caching and speed. WP Fastest Cache plugin is so easy to configure, and it will not break your website after the activation.
Once you configure the WP Fastest Cache settings, you may able to get 0.5s Pingdom load times. It also has options to add StackPath and Cloudflare’s CDN, which can further improve the grades for a faster website. Your website should load much quicker if you can combine this with a fast hosting service.
The only disadvantage of this cache plugin is that it does not support WordPress multisite so far.
How To Configure WP Fastest Cache settings?
Note: Make sure that there is no other cache plugin installed on your site before you start. If you found any plugins there, please uninstall and delete them properly. Otherwise, the code may conflict of your website. We will also recommend you to test the performance of your website using the “Pingdom Tools” or “Google Page Speed” for a before and after performance comparison.
To implement the WP Fastest Cache settings, you have to follow the steps below.
Step 1. Installation and Activation
At first, you have to log into your WordPress admin panel. Then go to the “Plugins” menu and click on the “Add New” button. Now you need to type “WP Fastest Cache” in the search box and press the “Enter” button from your keyboard. You will see a few WP plugins as the screenshot below; the first one is the desired one. Next, click on the “Install Now” button.
A prompt dialog box should open to ask if you are sure to install the plugin or not. To install the plugin, click “OK” button.
Just press the “Activate” button to activate the plugin after installing it.
Step 2. Configuration
You will see eight tabs from the menu of WP Fastest Cache in your admin panel after completing the activation. We will configure each of these tabs. So let’s start to set the WP Fastest Cache settings.
You should found the main plugin settings on the left side. At first, click there for configuring the plugin.
Now, you should enable all the general plugin settings. Configure the first tab with the following default settings. Use the settings below if you don’t want to use the StackPath or Cloudflare. Take a glance at the screenshot below to get better knowledge.
Before you enable or disable these options, you should know the content type of your website included Images, CSS, and source HTML. The first solution is compressing the loading speed to minimum size and put them into the browser cache for next loading, which can reduce the time for seconds loading.
Usually, the settings tab contains most of the cache settings. Some features might be disabled by default if you are using the free version. You should buy the premium version to get the maximum benefit of the plugin. We are presenting you a basic setup of the settings tab in the FREE Version.
- Cache System: Firstly check this box and enable the cache. You have to allow the content type which will be applied for the cache before enabling “Cache” option.
- Widget Cache: It’s a premium feature that can cache your widgets. So you would not be able to use this option if you use the FREE version.
- Preload: This feature can create the cache of all the site automatically. If you use the shared web hosting, then you should use 4-6. Otherwise, VPS users can set it 10 to 12 to get better performance.
- Logged-in Users: We will suggest you enable this feature because it doesn’t show the cached version for logged-in users. You may leave this checked if only you are running your website. But it would be unchecked if multiple users can be logged in.
- Mobile: Select this option to don’t show the cached version for the desktop to mobile devices.
- Mobile Theme: This is a premium feature that caches the mobile theme.
- New Post: When a post or page is published, it will clear the cache files or clear your website cache.
- Update Post: If you enable this feature, it will also remove the cache files when a post or page is updated.
- Minify HTML: This option helps to decrease or reduce the size of your page and improve speed. Because it will clear all the duplicate whitespace and break line on HTML source code when loading.
- Minify HTML Plus: This is a more powerful minify HTML option, which is a premium feature.
- Minify Css: It’s almost similar to the “Minify HTML” feature. By enabling this, all the CSS file will be minified for removing the white space, comment line, and the line break. That’s how it decreases the size of CSS files and helps to reduce the size of every stylesheet.
- Minify Css Plus: It is also a more powerful minify CSS feature which is available for premium versions only.
- Combine Css: This feature will merge all the CSS files into one file to reduce the HTTP requests and reduce the time loading. It can load a one-time CSS file in place of multiple files.
- Minify Js: It’s a premium feature that can decrease the size of JS files.
- Combine Js: This option is so same as the “Combine CSS” option. It can reduce the HTTP requests by combining all the JS files into one without minify.
- Combine Js Plus: This is another premium feature that can minify the combined JS files.
- Gzip: Must enable this compression feature. It compresses the file size of the pages and resources before sending them from your server. So it reduces the transfer time between server and browser.
- Browser Caching: Also enable it to reduce the load time for repeat visitors. It helps the repeated visitors to see your WP site faster than new visitors.
- Disable Emojis: This option will improve the speed by reducing the HTTP requests.
- Google Fonts: This is a premium feature for optimizing the Google fonts asynchronously.
Now, make sure that you have saved these settings.
Note: The configuration for this “Settings” tab is not tested on all the themes and websites. So specific sites might need a different configuration.
Delete Cache Tab:
You are not permitted to obtain the “Cache Statistics” in the free version. You only can delete the cache here.
You may want to consider to delete the cache and minified CSS and JS files if you recently saved or updated your plugin settings. After configuring the “Settings” tab, you can clear the cache from this section. You will get two manual options to delete the cache files in this tab.
- Delete cache: You can easily remove the Cache by clicking this button.
- Delete Cache and Minify CSS/JS: Either you can delete the cache and minified CSS or JS files in this option.
Cache Timeout Tab:
By using this feature, you can define your rules to clear the cache as you want. Here you may delete the cache of the home page, the complete site, custom pages, few pages or the posts that start with something.
You will found the existing rule options under “REQUEST_URI” menu. Select any criteria that you preferred and then define the exact timeframe. You have many choices from one single minute to a month. There will be no rules in this tab by default. So you have to create a rule here.
In this “Cache Timeout” tab, you can set up how long the cache file will be deleted automatically. You can simply add a new rule there to cache your homepage once a day when it’s not set as default. You may set up the rule for a page or all the pages. Follow this setup to complete as we did.
Here is the completed rule that we added for a home page. At first, you need to choose the “REQUEST_URI” as your homepage and then select the interval or timeframe as Once a Day.
If you want to withdraw any rule from the cache timeout, you have to click on the “Rule” that you created. After that, click on the “Remove Rule” button in the bottom left corner. Then your rule will be removed permanently.
Image Optimization Tab:
It’s a premium feature that does not come with the free version plugin. So this settings is only available for premium plugin users which losslessly compresses the images.
The losslessly compressing images can fix the “optimize images” issues in the speed test tools. This task also can be done by using some of the image optimizing plugins.
In this “Premium” tab, you may upgrade the free version to a premium plugin. One premium membership can be used for only one site. You can’t upgrade your plugin to a premium version at any other place instead of this.
You have to spend only 39.99$ if you want to upgrade your plugin version. Then they will send you a download link via email that you can manually upload in your plugins menu. You should keep both the free and premium version activated to get so many extra cool features.
You may have to exclude your checkout page from being cached if you have an E-Commerce website. You can do it from this WP Fastest Cache settings page. This feature allows you to add the exclude rules.
You should leave this tab as default. But you may setup it here with rules, in case you want to disable cache for a post or URL. The admin and login pages are excluded by default. Also, you can add your own page rules to exclude. It will help to keep the plugin stability.
While setting up the plugin, some broken may occur, which is so rare. It can happen because of the Stylesheet. If it is, then you can exclude your Stylesheet via the “Exclude” tab and check the website. In this section, you are permitted to exclude the User-agents, Cookies, CSS, and JS, except pages.
This feature can make your WP website faster by hosting it on the multiple servers around the world, instead of one origin server. It reduces the geographical distance and then takes your content to reach the visitors.
You can integrate a CDN like StackPath, KeyCDN or CloudFlare with your cache plugin if you are using any one of these. CDN (Content Delivery Network) will help you to load your website faster than previous.
So you should enable the CDN service for your site. The WP Fastest Cache plugin supports most of the CDN providers. It allows you to configure any CDN that you are using. To integrate the plugin with CDN’s, all you need is the registered email address and the API key.
Cleaning your database helps to remove the unnecessary junk files and makes the site load faster.
As it comes with the premium versions only, it’s not available for the free version theme. If you are a premium user, you may do a database cleanup here.
On the other hand, you may use free plugins like “WP-Optimize” for optimizing your website database. In this way, upgrading is not necessary for this feature.
You can easily clean up your WP website database like the screenshot above in the “WP-Optimize” FREE plugin. Here you will get these options to enable or disable.
So, that’s all from the WP fastest cache settings.
In the whole article, we have tried our best to expose you the ideal WP Fastest Cache settings and configurations. We think it’s one of the simplest cache plugins which is easy to set up and not like the other complicated plugins.
If you found any confusing section in this post, please send us your feedback. We hope you enjoyed this article, thanks for reading.