WP Super Cache is one of the must have plugins for every WordPress site. A lot of our users asked us to do a tutorial that shows how to setup WP Super Cache plugin step by step. Because we have this plugin included in our Recommended WordPress Plugins list, we think that it is necessary for us to show everyone how to take advantage of this extremely useful plugin.
This plugin makes a copy of your web page on the server and by doing so it speeds up page load time and reduces the resource consumption. It is essential that you have this plugin just incase if your site hits the Front Page of a social media network such as digg or stumbleupon, without this plugin, your server will most likely crash.
What we will be doing in this tutorial?
In this tutorial, we will show you how to install WP Super Cache Plugin. Then we will walk you through the process of setting it up which will include updating the .htaccess files and selecting the right settings. Many beginners are afraid to install this plugin because it is a some what complicated setup. But we assure you that after reading this guide, you will feel very comfortable installing this plugin on more than one site.
1. Installing WP Super Cache
We will use the built-in plugin installer to install the plugin. So you should login to your WP-Admin Panel. Click on the Plugin Tabs » Add New. Then type the plugin name “WP Super Cache”.
You will see the results. It will most likely be the first plugin on the list. It is created by Donncha O Caoimh. Click on the Install link. You will see a screen like below. Click on Install Plugin and then Activate the Plugin.
2. Setup Permalinks
A custom url or permalink structure is required for this plugin to work correctly. We recommend that you change your permalinks anyways to make it more SEO Friendly. Follow our tutorial – SEO Friendly URL Structure for WordPress.
3. Turn WP Super Cache On
You will need to visit Settings » WP Super Cache page, and turn it on.
4. Update .htaccess
After you turn WP Super Cache on as shown in Step 3, you need to scroll down on the WP Super Cache option page screen until you see the Mod Rewrite Rules Section. It looks like this:
Then scroll down a little bit more and click on Update Now
You will be able to update this only if your web host has correct folder/file permissions setup. If you are using any of our recommended web hosts for WordPress, then you should be able to do this without any problem.
Once you have finished all these 4 steps, WP Super Cache is setup completely for your site.
If you have any other issues or need additional help feel free to post your questions in the comments below. But before you do that make sure that you have read through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this plugin.