If you want to improve the loading speed of your WordPress blog, WP Fastest cache is one of the best choices you should take. In this post, I am gonna explain you 3 steps to setup WP Fastest Cache and boost blog speed in 5 mins.
If you are a newbie or from the non-technical background, WP Fastest Cache is the great solution to enable cache on your WordPress blog and boost the loading speed.
You may already know the value of loading speed.
- A good loading speed always improves your WordPress blog SEO.
- Reduce the bounce rate of your blog.
- Increase blog traffic.
Before starting complete guide on Setup WP Fastest Cache And Boost Blog Speed, make sure that you have no other cache plugin installed on your blog. If there any cache plugin already installed, uninstall and delete properly. Otherwise, the code will conflict and your blog will show errors.
3 Steps To Setup WP Fastest Cache And Boost Blog Speed In 5 Mins
1. Install WP Fastest Cache Plugin
Go to add new plugin option and find WP Fastest Cache Plugin and install it. Take a screenshot of your GTmetrix and Pingdom speed before install so you can easily compare the changes after setup WP Fastest Cache.
Let’s start complete setup
2. Setup WP Fastest Cache
You can see the settings option as below. Tick on every single box as I have done. You have to only change bit setting on Preload Tab. If you are using shared hosting use the value 4-6 and for VPS you should use 10-12.
Cache – Enable
Widget Cache – Reduce the number of SQL queries (Only Available For Premium Version)
Preload – A visitor first time visit your site may face bit slower page (i.e. so small interval of time. You don’t have to worry) loading coz preload will create the cache of the entire site automatically. You should set preload (pages per minute) 4-6 for shared hosting while 10-12 for VPS recommended by their developers.
Logged-in Users – Don’t show the cached version for logged-in users. If you untick it, you will not experience the quick changes after updating pages of your WordPress blog. Coz you will see the cached version of pages. To see changes, you have to clear the caches. So it should be ticked if your site is single-authored. But leave it unticked for the multi-author site. Coz each user should have their own cached version.
Mobile – Don’t show the cached version for the desktop to mobile devices.
Mobile Theme – It will create a cache for mobile theme. (Only Available For Premium Version)
New Post – Clear cache files when a post or page is published. Otherwise, you may not see the changes. For example, you have added CSS codes to create a content box inside your blog post. If you use this code inside new blog post and publish, you may not see the content box properly if the cache is not cleared after publishing the post.
Update Post – Clear cache files when a post or page is updated. (Know More)
Minify HTML – You can decrease the size of the page. (Know More)
Minify HTML Plus – More powerful minify HTML. (Only Available For Premium Version)
Minify CSS – You can decrease the size of CSS files. (Know More)
Minify CSS Plus – More powerful minify CSS. (Only Available For Premium Version)
Combine CSS – Reduce HTTP requests through combined CSS files.(Know More)
Minify Js – You can decrease the size of js files. (Only Available For Premium Version)
Combine Js – Reduce HTTP requests through combined js files (header). (Know More)
Combine Js Plus – Reduce HTTP requests through combined js files (footer).(Only Available For Premium Version)
Gzip – Reduce the size of files sent from your server. (Know More)
Browser Caching – Reduce page load times for repeat visitors. (Know More)
Disable Emojis – You can remove the emoji inline CSS and wp-emoji-release.min.js. (Know More)
Google Fonts – Load Google Fonts asynchronously. (Only Available For Premium Version)
Now click on Submit button you will see “Options have been saved” message on top after successful submit.
If you see an error message as .htaccess missing, follow the below step.
How To Solve .htaccess missing While Setup WP Fastest Cache Plugin
If you are facing the issue like above, don’t worry. Follow the steps as below and get rid of the issue.
Solution of .htaccess missing issue while Setup WP Fastest Cache Plugin
1. Login your cpanel.
2. Go to File Manager > Public HTML (for Single Domain Hosting) or File Manager > Public HTML >Your domain Name (A Folder contain your blog domain name In case of multi-domain hosting)
3. A .htcaccess file should there as below.
But in your case, there is no .htaccess file. So you are facing the .htaccess missing issue.
4. Click on the settings.
Now you can see as below. Select your domain from the drop-down option from “Document Root for”. Enable “Show Hidden Files” as below and click on save button.
If the file was hidden, you can see it now as step 3. But if not, that means there is no hidden .htaccess file. Now you have to create a .htaccess file.
4. Click on File.
Now you can see as below. Type .htaccess as I have typed here.
Click on Create New File.
Now Go to the WP Fastest Cache Settings and click on submit.
b. Delete Cache
You have to click on “Delete Cache and Minified CSS”.after complete setup. So skip this option at present and go to next tab.
c. Cache Timeout
Set a rule for your homepage cache timeout. Click on “Add New Rule”.
Set once a day and save it.
d. Image Optimization
It losslessly compresses images and boosts your loading speed. You can also use various plugins to optimize images. Imagify, Smush. But you have to buy premium version for unlimited use.
I would suggest you use image optimizer tools before uploading an image to WordPress. I am using TinyPNG to optimize my blog images. If you use to optimize images, the result in GTmetrix will show as below. So Loading speed will be optimized.
You can upgrade to premium version. They provide so many extra cool features with the premium version at $39.99.
You will get
- Image Optimization
- Mobile Cache
- Minify HTML Plus
- Combine Js Plus
- Minify Js
- Delete Cache Logs
- Cache Statics
You will receive an email from us which contains the zipped file. You have to upload it manually from plugin menu as their developer explained.
Exclude pages as below. Leave as it is by default.
A CDN will make loading faster by hosting your site in multiple servers around the globe. You should use free Cloudflare CDN. The developer of WP Fastest cache has clearly mentioned that you don’t have to integrate any CDN if you using Cloudflare ( Learn More).
h. DB (Database Cleanup)
WP Fastest cache provides database cleanup feature with the premium version. But you don’t have to worry. You can use WP-Optimize to optimize database of your WordPress blog free of cost.
Now go to Delete Cache > Delete Cache and Minified CSS and test the speed at GTmetrix and Pingdom and compare with the previous one before WP Fastest Cache activate.
If you have a new blog, it is easy to boost speed and make all option green. But if you have an older one then you can see the better speed after Cloudflare setup.
3. Cloudflare Setup
Cloudflare basically a Web Application Firewall, a distributed proxy server, and a content delivery network (CDN). CDN stands for Content Delivery Network. It is a network of servers which deliver cached static content from websites to users based on the geographic location of the user.
a. Go to Cloudflare and signup. After login, you will be prompted to add your website as below.
Click on “Begin Scan”. After completion scan, click on “Continue Setup”.
Click on the “Continue” button on next page.
b. Select “Free Website” from Select a Cloudflare Plan as below.
Now click on Continue button.
c. Change Your Nameservers From DNS record
Your website will experience no downtime issue while changing your nameservers.
Login your domain registrar account and find DNS Management page and change the nameservers with Cloudflare nameservers.
d. Go to Cloudflare Speed option. Disable Auto Minify and Rocket Loader as recommended by WP Fastest Cache developers.
f. Go To Caching and click on Purge Individual Files button. Now insert your domain name and click on Purge Individual Files.
g. Finally, go to Scrape Shield. Enable the Hotlink Protection to Protect your images from off-site linking.
Congratulation you have successfully completed the Cloudflare settings for WP Fastest Cache. If you want to know more about the plugin, read FAQ section.
Now click on Delete Cache and Minified CSS and test the loading speed on GTmetrix and Pingdom.
10 Additional Tips To Setup WP Fastest Cache And Boost Blog Speed
To get better loading speed using WP Fastest Cache, follow this tips and check the loading speed.
- Use high speedy responsive lightweight theme.Try to use premium themes from StudioPress, Thrive or any lightweight theme from Themeforest or mythemeshop. For free theme try Schema Lite or Hueman.
- Delete all unwanted themes and plugins.
- Disable all unwanted features from heavy plugins like Jetpack.
- Optimize images as mentioned in above
- Use a3 Lazy Load plugin.
- Use WP-optimize plugin to clean database.
- Update WordPress and PHP versions when available.
- Use the best web hosting at low price from Bluehost, Siteground. They are also recommended by WordPress itself.
In this post, we have discussed on 3 Steps to setup WP Fastest Cache and boost blog speed in 5 mins.It is the simplest cache plugin available in official WordPress repo. No need to go for a complicated setup like W3 Total Cache.
To get better loading speed, make sure you have uninstalled and deleted all unwanted plugins and themes.Have you used WP Fastest Cache ever? Have you faced any issue while setup?
Let us know in the comment section. I will try to solve your issue. Feel free to share.