How LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress Increases Your Page Speed

When it comes to your website, page speed matters. Customers may leave a website that takes too long to load, and that’s if they can find it in the first place! Google factors page speed into your rank in its search results so that a slow website can cost your firm clients and money. Unfortunately, as you add functions and plugins to your WordPress website, speed can drop significantly, and your bounce rate will rise. However, caching plugins offer a solution. You can keep that functionality without sacrificing speed. 

There are several cache plugins available for WordPress. LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress is one such option that’s popular enough to be used on over 1 million WordPress sites. It’s also compatible with WordPress multisite, so you don’t need to install it more than once. 

It’s available for free, too!

What is the Benefit of Caching Plugins for WordPress

A cache plugin such as LiteSpeed Cache creates a static version of the pages on your website that loads more quickly than the dynamic version created by WordPress. Images, videos, CSS, and JavaScript can all slow down page speed. Caching not only speeds up load times the first time someone visits your website but by creating a static file that is temporarily stored in the visitor’s browser, caching ensures that your site loads quickly on subsequent visits.

Using LiteSpeed Cache

Like any plugin, you can install and activate LiteSpeed Cache directly from your WordPress dashboard. It’s compatible with any server (Apache, LiteSpeed, NGINX, etc.). But if your website is hosted on a LiteSpeed server, you’ll have access to a few additional features. This includes a private cache for logged-in users, separate caching for mobile and desktop users, WooCommerce and bbPress support, and the ability to exclude URLs, categories, and pages from caching, among others. You’ll see the most significant boost in page speed when using LiteSpeed Cache on a LiteSpeed server.

Customise Your experience with LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress

Once activated, LiteSpeed Cache beings working immediately. You don’t need to customise anything as the plugin uses settings that are “appropriate for most sites.” However, LiteSpeed Cache offers options such as TTL values, which specify how long content is cached for, content to exclude, and CDN settings if you use a content delivery network with your website.  However, you can ignore any of these settings if they don’t apply to you.

If your website contains a shop, it’s worthwhile to look at LiteSpeed Cache’s other options. For example, you can enable ESI, which is useful for caching stores and widgets. A WooCommerce tab will also appear within the cache plugin’s settings if you use the shop plugin.  

The debug function helps to troubleshoot any problems you may have with LiteSpeed Cache. 

Finally, you can purge your cache entirely. This is a useful function if you’ve made significant changes to your website and want to force an immediate re-cache.

Whether you customise settings or not, LiteSpeed Cache will add a banner to your WordPress dashboard so you can see how much more quickly your website loads. This panel also includes a “PageSpeed” score between 0% and 100% and shows your score’s improvement.

With its ease of use and the ability to customise so many settings, it’s easy to see why LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress is so popular. If you’d like to increase page speed on your WordPress-powered site to boost your search engine rankings and appeal to customers, try LiteSpeed Cache today.  And if you want to get the most out of the plugin, use it with LiteSpeed hosting. 

You’ll get all the LiteSpeed-exclusive features of LiteSpeed Cache with our WordPress Care Plans. Check out our plans to find the right one for your needs.

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Google factors page speed into your rank in its search results so that a slow website can cost your firm clients and money.

MJ Quinn, Standout Web Services Tweet