WP Rocket is a speed optimization plugin for WordPress helping you implement a variety of speed-boosting features to your WordPress site. This is the most powerful cache plugin by WordPress Experts. No coding knowledge is required.
Easily deploy features like,
- GZIP Compression
- Enable HTML Minification
- CSS Minification
- JS Minification
- Cloudflare Compatibility
- Google Fonts Optimization
- Mobile Detection
Page caching is activated by default when you activate WP Rocket. If Varnish service is enabled on your server at Cloudways (it is by default), then go to the Varnish tab in WP Rocket and check the box to Enable the Varnish caching auto-purge.
WP Rocket vs W3 Total Cache
WP Rocket is a premium plugin but is easier to configure and more reliable than W3 Total Cache (it won’t break your site).
W3 Total Cache does not support the following,
- Database Cleanup
- Lazy Loading
- Google Analytics
You would need to install 2-3 extra plugins if you wanted to use these features with W3 Total Cache whether as WP Rocket supports the above features by default.
WP Rocket vs WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is a free caching solution available for WordPress. Its caching mechanism is fairly easy to understand. The plugin basically generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress blog and caches it instead of the WordPress PHP scripts.
If you’re looking for the highest-performing caching plugin, we do recommend WP Rocket.
In this post we’re going to cover how to speed up WordPress using .htaccess.
You can copy the below code and paste it into your htaccess file. Once you’ve done that, save your htaccess file and enjoy faster loading speeds.
Adding expires Header
Adding cache control headers
Here, you can set a timeline, but it won’t be necessary as you’ve already set expiry dates for the cached resources.
# TN - BEGIN Cache-Control Headers <ifModule mod_headers.c> <filesMatch "\.(ico|jpe?g|png|gif|swf)$"> Header set Cache-Control "public" </filesMatch> <filesMatch "\.(css)$"> Header set Cache-Control "public" </filesMatch> <filesMatch "\.(js)$"> Header set Cache-Control "private" </filesMatch> <filesMatch "\.(x?html?|php)$"> Header set Cache-Control "private, must-revalidate" </filesMatch> </ifModule> # TN - END Cache-Control Headers
Disabling the Etag header
The technology used to make the Etag header is very slow hence by disabling it, we are doing our loading speeds big favor. Here we are also using the keep-alive connection. It keeps the current connection alive since opening a new connection takes a longer time.
#Disable Etags <IfModule mod_headers.c> Header unset Etag Header set Connection keep-alive </IfModule> FileETag None
Deflating compression headers
If we deflate our components, they become smaller hence, loading faster. This method might not work for your case if your server does not have mod_deflate or mod_gzip installed as part of Apache. Ensure you add it below the contents of the htaccess file.Deflating compression headers