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How to speed up your WordPress site with WP SuperCache


How to speed up your WordPress site with WP SuperCache – affiliateprograms.comIf you’re running your affiliate website on WordPress, you’re going to want it to run as fast as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to install WP Super Cache, a caching plugin that can significantly increase the speed of your website.

WordPress, by nature, serves up pages dynamically, pulling them from your database every time a visitor requests content. WP Super Cache works by making an HTML version of your site’s pages, which decreases the load on your site’s servers and increases the speed of your site.

This is quite useful if your site sees a sudden increase in traffic. For instance, if your site is posted on the front page of a social media network such as Stumble Upon or Digg, it’s likely the dramatic increase in traffic would cause your site to crash.

First I’ll take you through the installation process, then I’ll show you how to set up WP Super Cache.

1) Install the plugin

Please login to your WP-Admin Panel and click on the Plugin Tab » Add New. Then type “WP Super Cache”. You’ll see the plugin first in the list. Click on the install link and then activate the plugin.

2) Setup permalinks

You’ll need to use a custom permalink structure for the plugin to work correctly. Even if you don’t use WP Super Cache, you should use a custom structure for better SEO.

3) Turn WP Super Cache On

In the left column of your WordPress dashboard, go to settings -> WP Super Cache. Then go to the “Easy tab” in Super Cache. Select the button for “Caching On (recommended) and select “Update Status.”

4. Update your .htaccess file

Go to the “Advanced Settings” tab in Super Cache. Select “Cache hits to this website for quick access. (Recommended)” and “Use mod_rewrite to serve cache files. (Recommended).” Scroll down and click “Update Status.”

Now you’ll need to update your Mod Rewrite Rules. Scroll down the page and select “Update Mod Rewrite Rules” at the bottom of the colored box. Once you’ve done this successfully, the color of the box will turn green.

5. Troubleshooting

If your host has folder and file permissions set up correctly, this should work fine. However, if you’re running into issues, you might want to check with your host’s support team.

Or, you might want to switch to one of the hosts we recommend for running WordPress affiliate marketing websites.

If you have any questions, run into any issues, or want to share your success with WP Super Cache, please leave a comment below.


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4 Responses to How to speed up your WordPress site with WP SuperCache

  1. Andrew September 5, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Yup – did this but it, unfortunately, broke everything on our site! It gave errors both on our blog page and our Magento page (which we run our eCommerce store on) and now says “error establishing a database connection”. Unfortunately we can’t even get into wordpress to take the changes back. Yikes.

    • Jeff Greer September 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Hi Andrew,

      To fix this, you need to login to your ftp and delete the supercache folder from Wp-content/themes.

      If that doesn’t work, you can try a manual install of WordPress. These instructions will be helpful:

      Good luck. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help with.


      • Andrew September 7, 2011 at 12:41 am

        Hey Jeff,

        All is good!!! Looks like the server eventually figured itself out about 10 minutes after. Something must have just been resetting or something. Thanks for the post!!! I just installed it on several other WP sites and it sped things up.

        • Jeff September 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

          Good news!

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