Before I had installed this plugin on www.jocooks.com and when it started having a lot of visitors, that’s when the blog started to crash often. By crashing I mean someone goes to visit your blog they get an error pages because the server is too busy to handle all the requests. This is not something you want, because that person probably won’t come back to your blog. You want your blog to always be available to our visitors, day and night. Fortunately, there are plugins for wordpress to help us out. This is why wordpress is a great blogging platform, because it’s has been around for a while now, so there are a lot of plugins out there to help you with pretty much anything.
For the scenario mentioned above, WP Super Cache is probably the best plugin to use and install.
But what does it do?
The way wordpress works is all your posts that you create are stored in a database, so that every time someone visits your blog, the data is read from the database, and displayed to your readers. This means that your posts are displayed dynamically. All this could take some time, not a lot, but a couple seconds or so. But all this work puts a heavy load on the server where your blog is hosted, especially if you have lots of visitors at once. This is when WP Super Cache comes in handy. With this plugin something interesting happens. For visitors that are not logged in or have left comments, they will be served a static HTML page from a subdirectory within WordPress’s cache. Don’t let all this confuse you. Simply put, serving a static page is faster than serving a dynamic page. You don’t really need to worry about how it all works, you should focus on what it does.
So WP Super Caches speeds up your blog by serving up static pages on your blog faster. If you’re wondering how that static pages got there, they are generated when WP Super Cache is installed.
To install WP Super Cache in WordPress follow these simple steps.
- Go into the plugins page in wordpress and click on add new.
- Type in WP Super Cache and click on Search Plugins
- You will get a lot of results, but the one we are interested in, should be the first one and it should say WP Super Cache. Click on Install Now.
- You will first be asked if you’re sure if you want to install it, so just click on Yes. Next we need to activate the plugin, so click on Activate Plugin.
- You will be taken back to the plugins page but you will see a red message at the top saying that WP Super Cache is disabled, click on the plugin admin page link.
- Now we need to enable caching. There are many tabs on this page, but don’t get overwhelmed by everything, all we basically need to do is enable caching and update status.
- You’re almost done now. You do want to click on Test Cache just to make sure everything is working fine. You should get results similar to the ones below.