How To Setup WP Rocket Plugin? 9 Steps To Improve WP Speed!

Best WP Rocket Configuration Guide
Best WP Rocket Configuration Guide

WP Rocket is one of the best cache plugins for WordPress websites. It helps you to speed up the delivery of HTML, CSS and JavaScript files so that your overall website loading speed is improved dramatically. As a member of the WP Rocket Facebook group, we have seen many posts and questions from fellow members that WP Rocket isn't working well for them. —the website loading speed did not improve or only improved by a small fraction. In other words, they are asking "how to setup WP Rocket cache plugin correctly?"

Before that, it is important to disclose that we are using WP Rocket for WP Maven. With proper optimization, you can shave off a large portion of the loading delay and make your website loads super fast.

Here's how fast the website is loading right now (link to Pingdom score).

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WP Rocket plays a huge role in fast WordPress hosting speed

Here's our website setup:

This "how to setup WP Rocket plugin correctly" tutorial is lengthy. Here's the table of content.

How To Setup WP Rocket Plugin?

In order to set up WP Rocket plugin properly, you need to understand how it works (at least, the very basic).

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What is WP Rocket?

WP Rocket is a premium cache plugin for WordPress websites. With proper configuration, it helps to speed up WordPress loading speed with no coding skills required. WP Rocket works well with major web hosting companies, including Kinsta hosting. Learn more about WP Rocket here.

1. Installing WP Rocket plugin

Once you had purchased WP Rocket, download the WP Rocket plugin to your local device. Next, head over to WordPress backend » Plugins » Add New to install WP Rocket.

2. WP Rocket Dashboard

WP Rocket Dashboard
This is what it looks like with WP Rocket dashboard

There are some quick actions buttons on the right screen which you can use at a later stage (only after you setup WP Rocket).

3. Setup Basic Cache Setting

There are three sections to this part of the WP Rocket setting—mobile cache, user cache, and cache lifespan.

WP Rocket Setting for Mobile Cache
Setting up mobile cache using WP Rocket

There are two options and you should only turn on Enable cache for mobile devices. The second option (separate cache files for mobile devices) is not required for most WordPress websites.

How to setup user cache on WP Rocket
User cache allows you to manage cache for logged-in users

This option (enable caching for logged-in WordPress users) is not required for most websites. However, if you are running an online course or a membership site with restricted content, you should enable this option.

Cache lifespan setting for WP Rocket
Control your cache duration with cache lifespan setting

12 hours works best for us, and you should only reduce to 10 hours if you are experiencing website loading issues (not displaying the latest version etc.).

Press Save Changes to have all the 3 settings saved up.

4. Setting Up Media on WP Rocket

WP Rocket offers 4 different controls for media hosting—lazy load, emoji, embedded, and WebP compatibility.

Setting up LazyLoad with WP Rocket
Setting up LazyLoad with WP Rocket

The screenshow above shows you the best way to enable LazyLoad in WP Rocket. You would see three options, and you should enable them all.

Configure Emoji and Embeds with WP Rocket
How to configure emoji and embeds with WP Rocket?

Emoji and embeds can severely slow down WordPress loading speed if they are not configured properly. We recommend you to disable both Emoji and WordPress embeds to make the best out of WP Rocket (and to make WordPress faster).

WebP Compatibility With WP Rocket
Is WP Rocket compatible with WebP?

WebP is the next-gen image format and it is compatible with WP Rocket. You should enable this option (tick it) but if you are using image optimizer plugins such as Imagify like we do, then you can skip this part.

5. Enable Preloading Using WP Rocket

Pre-loading is a method to speed up WordPress site by preloading static contents.

When you enable preloading WP Rocket will generate the cache starting with the links on your homepage followed by the sitemaps you specify. Preloading is automatically triggered when you add or update content and can also be manually triggered from the admin bar or from the WP Rocket Dashboard.

How to activate preload using WP Rocket
How to able preloading on WP Rocket?

For these options, we recommend you to enable all the 3 options to setup preloading properly.

Preload Feature WP Rocket.png
Additional preloading features

Apart from that, there are two additional preloading features that you can consider activating. Of course, you can leave them blank if you are unsure what to key in.

For sitemap preloading, input the full sitemap URL for your site. We use https://wpmaven.net/sitemap_index.xml and yours would be like https://domain.com/[sitemap URL].

For prefetch DNS request, we configure WP Rocket to prefetch static pages such as our homepage and blog archive. Remember not to use http or https in the column. We use //wpmaven.net and //wpmaven.net/blog/.

6. Setting Up Advanced Rules In WP Rocket

Advance rules are meant for advanced users only. If you have no idea what you should do with these settings, leave them as default to be safe.

If you are feeling adventurous and want to dip your toes into the water, here are the basic settings you can consider using.

Setting up advanced rules for WP Rocket
Setting up advanced rules for WP Rocket

We set up WP Rocket to ignore cache for our WordPress admin (wp-admin) and use (*) as a wild card. We are in the midst of upgrading our WordPress resources page and therefore, we exclude that page for the cache.

There are other options such as never cache cookies, never cache user agents etc. and you should ignore them (leave them as what they are).

7. WP Rocket Database Optimization

The second last part of this WP Rocket configuration tutorial involves optimizing the WordPress database. Here's what it looks like once the database optimization had been set up properly.

Configuring WP Rocket Database Optimization
How to setup database optimization in WP Rocket

There are several parts to this feature.

✔️ Post Cleanup. Enable Revision and Trashed Posts.

✔️ Comments Cleanup. Enable Spam Comments and Trashed Comments.

✔️ Transients Cleanup. Enable Trashed Transients and All Transients.

✔️ Database Cleanup. Enable Optimized Tables.

✔️ Automatic Cleanup. Enable Schedule Automatic Cleanup and set to Daily intervals.

Once all of these are done, click on Save Settings and WP Rocket will run the database optimization in the background.

Important note: We do you not recommend you to enable automatic removal of Draft posts because you might accidentally delete those under Work In Progress.

8. Setting Up CDN On WP Rocket

Last but not least, WP Rocket cache plugin is compatible with most content delivery network (CDN) services. You should only enable this option if your web hosting solution is not integrated directly with any CDN.

How to setup CDN with WP Rocket
1-click to enable CDN using WP Rocket cache plugin

If you are using managed WordPress hosting solutions such as Kinsta or WP Engine, you can well ignore this option as CDN integrations are always done on the server level.

9. WP Rocket Additional Features

This section is a bonus for you. WP Rocket also integrates well with 3rd party tools, such as WordPress security expert Sucuri, and Google Tracking.

Advance Settings for WP Rocket
WP Rocket Addons include Google Tracking, Facebook Pixel, and Sucuri

If you have them running on your WordPress site, click on the On status to enable automatic optimization by WP Rocket.

Summary: How to setup WP Rocket plugin?

Phew! This is a long WP Rocket configuration guide. But hey, the above answers "how to setup WP Rocket."

We hope you find this tutorial on setting up WP Rocket useful and we certainly looking forward to you to achieve faster WordPress loading speed!

If you need any help, leave us a comment here or contact us directly!

Not sure if WP Rocket is right for you? Click here to learn more about WP Rocket!

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