In the first blog post in this series on how to build a Self-Hosted WordPress site, I explained how to get the basic plugins installed. Now it’s time to configure those plugins. First we will look at Quick Cache. This will work best with the appropriate supporting software on your server, which I will cover in a separate series of posts focusing on server configuration. At the top in orange you can see Quick Cache is off. A few paragraphs down, it tells how you can test if Quick Cache is working. Using Firefox, all you need do is open a Private Tab or Window and open your site in that, and view the source. If the code isn’t there, go back to plugins and select Drop-ins at the top. You will see you need to check if the WordPress wp-config.php has the line define(‘WP_CACHE’, true); in it. If it does not, you will need to make a manual edit of the file to add that line. See my separate guide on editing the wp-config.php file. Anyway, you simply switch Quick Cache on (the big yellow option) and save the settings at the bottom of the page. After I have checked that it IS working, I go back and select the ‘No, I don’t want the source code to contain any of these notes.’ I have tested Quick Cache against 6 other cache plugins, and this was a long way the fastest, with my home page loading in the Pingdom tests at about 0.35 seconds!! Before I did any fine tuning of my website, that was typically 12-15 seconds!
Another error message you might have seen depends on how you installed WordPress. It relates to the SEO plugin we installed. By default, WordPress is not very search engine friendly, so a couple of simple changes will improve matters. Go to Settings => Reading, find Search Engine Visibility and uncheck ‘Discourage search engines from indexing the site’. Save these settings. Also notice that WordPress is, by default, set to display 10 posts per page? If your theme, such as the Ultimatum Theme that I recommend, also has a setting for posts per page, you must remember to come back here and change this setting to match. Nearly done. There was also an error message for the Post Types Order plugin. You can fix this by going to Settings => Post Types Order. For now set it to Administrator and check (on) both check boxes. Then save these settings.
One of the plugins may have already thrown a warning, and that is the Broken Link checker. You can check this under Tools => Broken Links. If you have the contact email address setup for the Administrator (Settings => General), it will have emailed you about any warnings as well.
Also in this series of posts:
Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 1
Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 3
Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 4
WordPress SEO by YOAST for Beginners
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 2
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 3
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 4
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 5 – Breadcrumbs
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 6 – Bootstrap Breadcrumbs
Uploading Images to Your Self-Hosted WordPress Site
Customizing Ultimatum Theme and WordPress
Fix for mysql_get_server_info() bug/error in Ultimatum 2.7.3
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