Speed Up Your WordPress Site with the Free LiteSpeed Cache Plugins! | WordPress Speed Optimization

Introduction to LiteSpeed Cache Plugin

Hello and welcome to the WordPress blogging series. In this blog, I’m going to install a free WordPress cache plugin. The name of the plugin is the LiteSpeed Cache plugin, and you can see that this plugin has been installed on more than 5 million WordPress websites.

So, this is one of the best cache plugins that you can use on your WordPress website to improve its performance and increase the page speed.

In this blog, I’ll show you how to install the LiteSpeed Cache plugin and what are the basic settings of this plugin. In one of the previous blogs, I have shown you how to use the Airlift WordPress plugin to improve the performance of your WordPress website. This is also a free plugin and using it, you can improve the speed of your WordPress website. If you want to watch this blog, I’ll give you the link in click here

Initial Website Speed Check

So, in this blog, I’m going to install the LiteSpeed Cache plugin on one of my old WordPress blogs. Here, I’m logged into the dashboard of the WordPress website, and I do not have any cache plugin installed on this website. So, first, we will check the speed of this WordPress website in Google PageSpeed Insights.

Let’s open Google PageSpeed Insights. Alright, and now use the URL of this website. Let’s analyze the page speed of this website.

So, this is the current performance of this website in Google PageSpeed. This is for the mobile device. You will see that the performance score is 42 for mobile. If I switch to a desktop, the performance score is 71.

Installing the LiteSpeed Cache Plugin

Alright, so now we are going to install the plugin and see if there is any improvement after installing it. Let’s go to Plugins and click on Add New Plugin.

Here, search for LiteSpeed Cache. This is the plugin. Click on Install.

Now click on Activate. Alright, so the plugin is installed. Let’s refresh the page, and in the bottom left-hand corner, you will see the option LiteSpeed Cache. Click on it.

Basic Settings Overview

So, this is the basic dashboard of this plugin page. It shows image optimization, page optimization, CDN, bandwidth, quality image, placeholder, etc.

Now let’s go to the presets. Here, there are some presets that you can use instead of changing all the settings one by one. So, this is Essential, Basic, Advanced (which is recommended), Aggressive, and Extreme. So, instead of changing settings one by one, we will use one of the presets here, which is Advanced, and it is the recommended preset. So, I’m going to apply this preset.

General Settings

Right, so this preset is applied. Now let’s go to General Settings.

Here, in the General Settings, Automatically Upgrade is on or off. Currently, it is off. If you turn on Automatically Upgrade, it will upgrade the plugin itself.

So, if there is any update in this plugin, it will update the plugin automatically. So, I’m not going to make any changes in the General Settings. Let’s go to the next option.

Cache Settings

Here, Cache is the main setting. Now, by default, all the cache settings are enabled because we have applied one of the preset modes. So, in this, we have enabled the cache. Cache for logged-in users is enabled.

All these cache settings are enabled. So, you don’t need to make any changes here. By default, all the settings are good.

TTL (Time To Live) Settings

Next, go to the second tab, which is TTL. So, this is about the default public cache TTL, and I believe you do not need to make any changes here. Purge All on Upgrade, so if you publish any article or if you make any changes on your website, it is going to purge all the cache automatically.

So, you do not even need to purge the cache manually. It is going to do it automatically. So, that option is also on. Auto Purge Rules for Publish or Update, so if you publish or update any of these pages, it is going to purge the cache automatically.

It is also going to purge the settings monthly, even if there is no update on your WordPress website. Other than that, all the settings are good. Excludes, if you want to exclude any cache, you can add that. Then, ESI, I do not think you need to make any changes here.

Object and Browser Settings

Object, then we have Browser Settings and make sure that the Browser Cache is turned on so that the browser cache stores the static files locally in the user’s browser.

So, whenever someone visits your website, it is going to store the cache or the static files in the browser itself, in the user’s browser itself. So, just make sure that it is enabled, and this TTL is 52 weeks, 1 day, 6 hours. That is also good.

Advanced Settings

Under Advanced Settings, Login Cookie, Vary Cookie, and Improve HTTPS Compatibility, so you don’t need to make any changes. So, when you apply one of the preset modes, it is going to apply the settings automatically.

CDN Settings

Next is CDN. If you want to use the CDN, you can turn it on. Otherwise, if you do not want, you can just leave it as it is, disabled. So, all these are CDN settings.

Image Optimization

Then, we have Image Optimization. That is also important, and by default, the Image Optimization is turned on. Again, you can see that the basic settings are good. It will show you the summary of the Image Optimization here.

Page Optimization

Then, we have Page Optimization here. Now, these are the basic Minify settings. It should be turned on. CSS Combine, if you want to combine all the CSS files, then you can turn it on. Alright, so there are some other settings. If you want to go through the settings, you can go through the settings. However, I’m going to keep it on default preset.

Final Speed Check

And now, I’m going to check the page speed of this website again after installing the LiteSpeed Cache plugin. So, at the top, you will see the LiteSpeed Cache icon. If you want to purge all the cache, you can simply click on Purge All, and it is going to purge all the cache. You will see it here.

Alright, now let’s go to PageSpeed Insights again, and now we will check the speed of the website again. This is the score before installing the LiteSpeed Cache plugin. This is for the desktop, and this is for the mobile device. Now, I’m going to analyze the page speed again for the same domain. Click on Analyze.

So, it will check the speed of the page again, and you can see that the page speed of the WordPress website has improved tremendously. Earlier, it was on 47, I guess, and now it is on 97 for mobile devices. If I go to the desktop, you will see that the page speed score has improved to 93. Earlier, it was 71, I guess, and it is now 93, which is the best score for any WordPress website.

So, after installing the LiteSpeed Cache plugin, the performance of the WordPress website has been improved tremendously. You can see that this plugin is free, and you do not need to make a lot of changes to use this plugin. You can go to one of the presets and apply the preset. It is going to apply all the required settings automatically, and it will improve the performance of your WordPress website.

So, if you want to improve the page speed of your WordPress website, you can try using the free LiteSpeed Cache plugin.


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