We should always be looking for ways to improve the functionality of our blogs. One of the easiest ways to improve our blog functionality and speed is to leverage browser caching.
Another way of saying this is that we add expires or cache control headers for our blog. In Layman’s terms, by leveraging browser caching, we can reduce the number of HTTP requests that the server needs to process, thus reducing loading times and improving user experience and website performance. And as an added bonus, when we leverage browser caching, we improve our scores on PageSpeed and YSlow!.
In order to do this, we will need to modify our
.htaccess file and add in the appropriate directives.
Finding and Modifying .htaccess
For those that are not tech savvy, modifying the
.htaccess file might seem a little daunting. In reality, it is quite simple. For this tutorial, if you can cut and paste correctly, you should be worry-free.
.htaccessfile through cPanel by clicking on the File Manager. When the popup box appears, click on the Web Root option and make sure that the “Show hidden files” option is checked.
Pasting in the Directives to Leverage Browser Caching
Open up your
.htaccess file and paste in the following directives at the top of the file:
By using this code, our main static files (images, CSS, PDF’s, JS, etc.) will be cached in order to produce faster loading times in the future.
Now save your .htaccess file and view your site through the eyes of PageSpeed and YSlow! – you are now leveraging browser caching for your site!
It is easy to leverage browser caching in WordPress with this tutorial – enjoy!