How to Install & Configure ZenCache for WordPress
Hello and welcome to the guide to the ZenCache WordPress plugin guide. The ZenCache plugin is an advanced WordPress caching plugin that can speed up your site using a fast and reliable WordPress cache.
Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 2) On the Dashboard of your website, scroll down the left-hand sidebar and click on Plugins
Step 3) From the Installed Plugins page, click on Add New at the top of the page. Alternatively, click on Add New from the dropdown menu under Plugins on the sidebar.
Step 4) On the Add Plugins page, type in the name of your plugin in the search box on the right hand side, at the top of the page.
Step 5) From the Search Results page, scroll down to your chosen plugin and click the button marked Install Now. If you would like to learn more about your plugin, click the blue link marked More Details
Step 6) The plugin is now installed and unpacked into your website. The last thing to do now is click Activate Plugin
Step 7) Once activated, you will be redirected to the Installed Plugins page. From here, you can read all the info about your plugins, and deactivate and delete it if you no longer need it.
Step 8) The next step is to configure the plugin. Head back to your Admin Panel and choose ZenCache from the sidebar, then scroll down and tick the box marked Yes, enable ZenCache to enable the plugin.
Step 9) Once you have enabled the plugin, all the settings will automatically be set to get the best from the plugin, and ZenCache advises that you should only adjust them if you are an Advanced User and know what you’re doing. We’ll take a look at each section anyway, just so you’re aware of what’s available to you.
The first port of call is to enable notes in the source code. This will allow you to see whether or not the plugin is working. You can turn this off, but it is recommended that you leave it as enabled.
Step 10) The Plugin Deletion Safeguards are in place so that, when users delete or uninstall the plugin, nothing is lost. You can leave this as it is, or change it so that everything is deleted when you uninstall or delete the plugin.
Step 11) The Directory/Expiration Time is used to create a directory and time for which the cached version of your site lasts for before it is deleted. The default is 7 days, but you can change it to 30 seconds, 2 hours, 6 months and one year, too.
Step 12) You can allow or disallow double-caching on the client-side of your site. For membership sites with multiple users, disallowing this will prevent multiple versions of the site being created, and slow your site down considerably. It is recommended that you set this to No, although sites with one user who rarely logs out can improve speed by setting it to Yes.
Step 13) The Caching Enabled for GET (Query String) requests section should always be set to no, unless you are using unfriendly permalinks that contain query strings in the URLs (e.g. /?key=value). However, you really shouldn’t have URLs with query strings, as they don’t do well in the search engines, so consider changing them if you don’t have them, and set this to NO.
Step 14) 404 requests don’t need to be served a cache file, so the 404 Requests section should be set to No, especially on sites that have a lot of traffic. Caching 404s on high-traffic sites can slow it down considerably.
Step 15) Unless you wish to cache your feeds – including RSS, RDF and Atom Feeds – caching for the section shown below should always be set to No, especially as the option affects all feeds run by WordPress – including comments, author feeds, search feeds and more.
Step 16) The GZIP Compression section is used to compress your site to further improve the speed of your site. You can achieve this by adding the code shown in the black box below into your .htaccess file. There is a video in this section which will guide you through the process.
That concludes the WordPress plugin guide for ZenCache. If you have any issues or questions, let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to help. Thank you!