How to Configure the Quick Cache Settings

Posted OnAug 26, 2014     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

The next step in the guide to the Quick Cache WordPress Plugin will take you through the process of Configuring the Settings.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) On the Dashboard, scroll down the left-hand sidebar until you find the Quick Cache option. Click on this and you will be taken to the Options page.

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Step 3) On the Options page, you will see that you have the option to Restore the original settings and to Clear the cache in the top-right corner. Restoring the plugin to its original settings will undo anything you have set up previously for the plugin. Clearing the cache manually will simply freshen your cache so that your site will run at top speed.

The first step on the Options page should be to enable Quick Cache, as shown below.

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Step 4) The Quick Guide below details how you know that Quick Cache is working for your website. You can enable or disable notes in the source code so that you can be check at any time that it is working. It is recommended that you leave this enabled.

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Step 5) The Deactivation safeguards ensure that your options and the cache are safeguarded if you deactivate the plugin for any reason. You can also choose to erase all the Quick Cache files should you decide to deactivate the plugin instead.

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Step 6) Creating a cached version of your site is important if you are constantly updating it. If something was to go wrong and it hadn’t been updated in a while, you could lose a lot of data. On the Directory/Expiration Time options, you can create a cache directory and set it to expire every 7 days or so, to keep it fresh.

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Step 7) The Client-Side Cache is useful for when you have a site where multiple users are logging in to the site, as this will create a cached site for each user. However, if there is only one user logging in to the site (you, the admin), the settings can be changed to Yes at the bottom and only you will have a cached version of the site.

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Step 8) If you are using unfriendly permalinks and all your URLs contain a query string (e.g. /?key=value) you can set this to Yes to ensure that the URLs for those pages will still be cached. (Go to Settings >> Permalinks via your Dashboard to check and change your permalinks format). If you have friendly your permalinks, you can leave this section as it is.

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Step 9) A 404 page is what users are directed to when they click on a link where a page no longer exists, or enter a URL incorrectly. If these settings are set to No, Quick Cache will ignore 404 requests and no cache file will be served. If this is set to Yes, Quick Cache will cache the 404 page and serve that single cache file to all future 404 requests.

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Step 10) From the RSS, RDF and Atom Feeds section, you can choose whether you would like to cache your feeds or not. This includes comments, posts, author feeds and tags.

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Step 11) GZIP Compression is designed to enhance your sites speed by compressing the .htaccess file for your site so that more room is made and therefore frees up the servers to make your site run faster. There is a video to watch before you make any decision, and you can add the code provided to your file if you decide to use the tool.

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Step 12) If you are a Theme or Plugin Developer, Quick Cache provides details on how you can enable and disable Quick Cache in your PHP script. Simply follow the instructions provided if this applies to you.

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This concludes our guide of the Quick Cache plugin.

 


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