What a caching plugin does?
It produces a copy of your recent updated web pages or posts and stores it on your server (not your hard drive) as a static HTML file.
So…when a visitor lands on your page it will show the old version of your page. The one that has NOT been updated.
When you clear your cache via your Caching plugin it will clear the old version and eventually Google will show the latest version.
Why you need a caching plugin for WordPress
Let’s go through a common WordPress newbie scenario – You have just made, edited and or updated a post/page. The current version is sitting on your hard drive.
Once you hit the publish or update button on your site will propagate to the entire world via your Internet Service Provider.
However for the sake of speed your server will show the old version (there are exceptions to this).
This means the search engines will not go to your hard drive and will not show your new version. In other words, it skips one step….this means faster load time.
Once you have cleared your cache the search engines will show the latest cleared cache version.
The server on your hosting account. This could be anywhere in the world! Once you hit the publish or update button on your WordPress site the Internet will propagate to the entire world via your Internet Service Provider.
However for the sake of speed your server will show the old version until you clear your cache.
So the big question is this? How does this speed up my site? Easy…if you have thousands of pages and posts would it not make sense to load the latest version without having to visit your site each time a visitor visits your site!
Do I really need a Cache plugin?
Truthfully, no you don’t at least not in the beginning. However, once your WordPress site starts to collect more images, posts and media files it is essential to clear your cache consistently. And, the best way to do that is with a Caching program such as SuperCache.
The Super Cache plugin helps to speed up your WordPress site. It’s now the number Caching plugin to date.
Here are my reasons why I love this Caching plugin?
It’s easy to install and perfect for the beginner WordPress user who wants a faster loading site. It’s Also 100% free to use.
They have a fantastic support forum where you can ask questions and get answers…although it might take a few business days before your questions get answered. Here is their support forum page: SuperCache Forum.
Paul Guzman WordPress Blogger, Advisor, and loves to help other WordPress website users become successful. Father, Husband, Grandfather and all around good guy.