WP Rocket Full Setup and Skyrocket Your Site Performance

wp rocket full setup

WP Rocket Overview

We all know that WP Rocket is the Best Caching Plugin for WordPress right now. It is simple and easy to use. Its interface is designed for beginner-friendly and anyone can use it easily.  

WP Rocket implements all the best possible settings for your website by own. You don’t need to touch any settings at the beginning. Its crawler automatically fetches your WordPress pages to build up the cache. The plugin then automatically turns on recommended WordPress caching settings like gzip compression, page cache, and cache pre-loading.

It has also included some eye-catching features like images lazy loading, CDN support, DNS pre-fetching, minification, and more. Which can dramatically improve your website performance. At last, we will discuss, “How to do ‘WP Rocket full setup’ manually step by step” in this article.

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Top Features of WP Rocket

Before starting “WP Rocket Full SETUP” we need to know a quick knowledge about the features.

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To make your website ultra-fast, WP Rocket includes options that provide immediate benefits to your website. These options apply 80% of web performance best practices, you don’t need to touch the settings at the beginning. So you will benefit from better loading times right away!

Here we include some top features of WP Rocket. Learn about the features as you can optimize the website better than now. So let’s get started—

Page Caching

Get your WordPress site cached right away. Caching makes your site load ultra-fast: the real key to boost your SEO and increase conversions.

Cache Preloading

Let your visitors enjoy the speedier, cached content of your site right away! WP Rocket automatically preloads the cache every time you make some changes on your web pages.

Browser Caching

Store the frequently accessed resources of your site—images, JS, CSS—in the local memory of the navigation device, be it desktop or mobile.

GZIP Compression

Compress web pages on the server and decompress them in the browser. The size of your files decreases and your visitors get your content quicker.

eCommerce Optimization

Your eCommerce will run fast and smoothly: WP Rocket excludes sensitive pages from the cache. No interference in the purchasing process.

Excellent Compatibility

Enjoy peace of mind: WP Rocket is compatible with the most popular themes and plugins and it works with the top managed WordPress hosting’s . 

CDN Support

When your site speaks to a broad international audience, a CDN is key to improve the loading time of your website for visitors that are far away from where your server is located.

If you are already using a CDN, you can integrate it in WP Rocket’s dashboard in a few clicks.
As an alternative, you can use RocketCDN, WP Rocket’s custom CDN.
Forget configuration headaches: the configuration is automatic to provide you with the best speed results.

Add-ons Optimization

WP Rocket Add-ons are a set of features that extend available options in very few steps:

• Varnish Cache
• Cloudflare integration
• Sucuri integration

Control them with a 1-click switch.

Here we include this Features information from the Wp-Rocket Features Page. So, the credit goes to them.  You can learn more about their Features form below link. 

Install WP Rocket in WordPress

If you have a key product of WP Rocket, you can add this in your website. To install the Plugin -‘

  • First login to your website admin panel.
  • Now go to Plugin tools and click on add new button.
  • Click on Upload Plugin button again Click on Choose File button. 
  • Now open the folder where the file located. Select that one and Click on the Open button.
  • After installing you have to activate that plugin. 

Now you have done, This plugin will apply 80% of web performance best practices. WP Rocket already started all possible optimization for your website.

It’s your turn, if you need extra manual optimization for your website you can do to following the below steps. To start “wp rocket full setup manually”  Let’s dive on it….

WP Rocket Full Setup Manually

To start manual setup you have to go to settings and click on wp rocket. A new interface will open. Now, look at the left site tools of the rocket interface. There are lots of tools we have to optimize all of this one by one. Let’s start with the first one, Dashboard…

Dashboard

When you click on Wp Rocket plugin from the Settings tool, WP Rocket will open with the dashboard tools. Which we called the main interface of the plugin. Here you will see a congratulation massage from from WP Rocket for installing the plugin and account info.  You don’t need to do anything in this Dashboard tools. 

Cache

Now click on the cache tools. Here you will see some basic cache option like mobile cache, user cache, cache lifespan etc. 

Mobile cache: Speed up your site for mobile visitors.
  • Click on-Enable caching for mobile devices.
  • Click on- Separate cache files for mobile devices.

Mobile cache is important for those site, which does not use different amp site or amp plugin. Most modern themes are responsive and should work without a separate cache. Enable this only if you have a dedicated mobile theme or plugin. More info

User Cache
User cache is great when you have user-specific or restricted content on your website. If your website have user specific content enable the below option unless you don’t have to enable the option. 
Cache Lifespan

Keep the lifespan to 10 hours or less for better cache preload performance. Cache files older than the specified lifespan will be deleted.

File Optimization

Now click on file optimization. It is the most significant settings tool of WP Rocket. This single tool dramatically reduces the pages size and decrease the load time as well. We all know that page speed is the key factor for SEO to do better in Search engine. So, we have optimize this tools carefully. 

Here you will see CSS and Java Script File differently. 

CSS Files
  • Click on- Minify CSS Files
Minify CSS removes whitespace and comments to reduce the file size.
 
 
  • Click on- Combine CSS Files
Combine CSS merges all your files into 1, reducing HTTP requests. Not recommended if your site uses HTTP/2. 
 
  • Excluded CSS File
Specify URLs of CSS files to be excluded from minification and concatenation (one per line). If you don’t have anything, nothing do here.
 
  • Don’t click on- Optimize CSS Delivary
Optimize CSS delivery eliminates render-blocking CSS on your website for faster perceived load time. But it has disadvantages also. Some themes does not support this optimization. If you enable this option it may increase CLS ( Commulative Laout Shift ) score of your website. Try to keep the score 0.1  or below 0.1. Google always appreciate low CLS Score website in their search engine.
 
  • Click on- Remove unused CSS (Beta)

Don’t do anything unknowingly in the box section. It can break your website themes. 

JavaScript Files
  • Click on- Minify Javascift Files
Minify JavaScript removes whitespace and comments to reduce the file size.
 
  • Don’t Click on- Combine JavaScript Files

Combine JavaScript files combines your site’s internal, 3rd party and inline JS reducing HTTP requests. Not recommended if your site uses HTTP/2.

  • Click On- Load JavaScript Deferred
Load JavaScript deferred eliminates render-blocking JS on your site and can improve load time. More info
 
  • Click On- Delay JavaScript Execution
Improves performance by delaying the loading of JavaScript files until user interaction (e.g. scroll, click). More info
 
You Also Can exclude JavaScript Files, Load JavaScript Deferred, Delay JavaScript Execution on any Specific Url of your website from being excluded by this tools. So, Try all this option to find out best compatible option for your website.
 

Media

LazyLoad
It can improve actual and perceived loading time as images, iframes, and videos will be loaded only as they enter (or about to enter) the viewport and reduces the number of HTTP requests. More Info
 
  1. Click On – Enables For Images
  2. Click On – Enables for iframes and Videos
  3. Click On- Replace Youtube iframes with preview images (
    This can significantly improve your loading time if you have a lot of YouTube videos on a page.

    )

Image Dimensions
Add missing width and height attributes to images. Helps prevent layout shifts and improve the reading experience for your visitors. More info
 
  • Click On- Add Missing Image Dimension
Embeds 
Prevents others from embedding content from your site, prevents you from embedding content from other (non-allowed) sites, and removes JavaScript requests related to WordPress embeds
 
  • Don’t Click On- Disable WordPress Embeds
WebP Compatibility
Enable this option if you would like WP Rocket to serve WebP images to compatible browsers. Please note that WP Rocket cannot create WebP images for you. To create WebP images we recommend ImagifyMore info
 
  • Click On- Enable WebP caching

Now Click On Save Changes. We already completed 70% of “Wp rocket Full Setup” Optimization of your website.

Preload

Preload Cache

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.

  • Click On- Activate Preload
  • Click On- Sitemap Based Cache Preloading
  • Click On- Yoast Seo Cache XML Sitemap
We automatically detected the sitemap generated by the Yoast SEO plugin. You can check the option to preload it.
 
Preload Links
Link preloading improves the perceived load time by downloading a page when a user hovers over the link. More info
 
  • Click On- Enable Link Preloading
Prefetch DNS Request
DNS prefetching can make external files load faster, especially on mobile networks. (Don’t Do anything on this section if you don’t need to change this. )
 
Preload Fonts

(Improves performance by helping browsers discover fonts in CSS files. More info). Don’t need to do anything in here. Remain it blank. 

Now click on Save Changes. 

Here We are skipping Advanced Rules major option cause we don’t need to change this at all. 

CDN

If you include your website with CDN. Then definitely you should add the CDN CNAMEs in here. 

WE are also Skipping the Heardbeat.  Don’t need to change anything in here. 

Addons

In addons options you can include your CDN with these addons. Here you can add Varnish, Cloudflare and Sucuri CND with this addons Easily. 

Image Optimization 

 
In image optimization tools you can add imagify with wp rocket it you have already a paid subscription in imagify. So, don’t be late if you one. 
 

Tools

In these tolls option you have the opportunity to import and export wp rocket settings for your website. Also you can Rollback to previous version if you face any serious problem with the current version. 

Tutorials

In this tutorials you have all the important beginner’s guide to find out the best compatible settings for your website.  That’s it.

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