Nowadays webmasters are trying many ways to increase their website loading speed. The recent changes in Google’s algorithm included page loading speed a part of the factors determining the search results. So for bloggers increasing the page loading speed of their blog becomes a necessity now. You can increase the page loading speed by reducing the number of images and by cutting of unwanted scripts.
If you are using the WordPress platform for blogging then you are fortunate to avoid all those headaches with an installation of a simple plugin called WordPress Super Cache. WordPress community was always able to come up with many useful plugins and WordPress Super Cache is definitely one of them. When I tried it in my WordPress powered blog the results were amazing. The page loading time of my blog got reduced by 54%.
Page loading time of Rojish dot Com before installation of Super Cache
Page loading time of Rojish dot Com after installation of Super Cache
How does WP Super Cache reduce page loading time?
WordPress platform is built in PHP language. PHP files will usually take more execution time than static html files. WP Super Cache plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After an html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. Static files are served to:
1. Users who are not logged in.
2. Users who have not left a comment on your blog.
3. Or users who have not viewed a password protected post.
99% of your visitors will be served static html files. Those users who don’t see the static files will still benefit because they will see regular WP-Cache cached files and your server won’t be as busy as before. This plugin will help your server cope with a front page appearance on digg.com or other social networking site.
How to install WP Super Cache?
1. Go to http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-super-cache/
Download the zip file. Extract it and upload it to plugins folder. Alternatively you can install the plugin directly from your WordPress Admin page.
2. Activate the plugin.
3. Go to the plugin page. Enable Caching ON. Update your changes.
There are lot of configurations for WP Super Cache. But for beginners these stuffs may be hard nuts so I advise you not mess up with all those things, just enable caching.
You can test your page load speed using free tools like IWebTool speed tester; compare the results with Caching ON and OFF.