In this KB
- Important note
- Accessing WordPress plugins
- Installing and activating Breeze
- Purging Breeze
The following steps will explain how you can install and configure Breeze.
Note: For optimal performance on Cloudways servers, DO NOT change the pre-configured settings. It is not recommended to have any other cache plugin while Breeze is installed and active.
Step 1: Log into WordPress Admin Area
Log into the WordPress admin area of your site using admin credentials.
Step 2: Navigate to Plugins Section
In the left bar, click on Plugins, and then on Add New.
Step 3: Install and Activate Breeze WordPress Cache Plugin
Locate the plugin via the search bar. Search for Breeze – WordPress Cache Plugin. Once you have located the plugin, install it.
Once the installation finishes, click the Activate link.
Step 4: Configure Breeze Cache Settings
As mentioned before, all settings are pre-configured. The steps mentioned here can be useful for you to verify Breeze settings and to gain additional knowledge about some of its advanced features (i.e. CDN, purge cache, database optimization …)
Click Settings in the left bar, and in the drop-down, click Breeze.
On the Breeze settings page, you will see a few tabs. The Basic options tab will be open by default.
Purge cache is set to 1440 minutes (24 hours) by default. If you wish, you can change this duration to suit your cache purge requirements.
For Minification, it is recommended to keep it unchecked unless it’s absolutely necessary. We recommend you to test it first on your staging website before using it on your live site.
We advise that you keep the GZIP Compression option enabled. However, you can uncheck this option if you have already enabled GZIP compression on the server through other means such as via htaccess.
Advanced Options (Optional)
For many users, the options in this tab do not require any configuration and we suggest that all sub-options should be left unchanged. However, in case you wish to modify these options, here is the explanation for the options:
- You may want to exclude specific URLs from plugin’s cache. If that is the case, you can add them in the Never Cache these URLs field. (Note: If Varnish is enabled on your Cloudways Platform, we suggest excluding the URLs from the Varnish as well. Check this KB for details).
- If you are using minification, you may select CSS and/or JS under the Group Files option to combine your CSS/JS files into a single file.
- You may also want to exclude certain CSS and JS from minification and grouping. You can add them in the separate fields to exclude your CSS/JS files as shown in the screenshot below.
Options discussed below can be set according to your requirements. For example, you can decide which type of content needs to be cleared from your WordPress database to keep it optimized.
Database optimization options include Post revisions, Auto drafted content, trashed content, comments from trash and spam, trackbacks and pingbacks, and transients. These options will keep unnecessary data off your application database, thereby decreasing the database size and improve overall website performance.
Breeze WordPress Cache Plugin allows you to configure a CDN with your website. The following options are available for configuration:
- CDN Root URL: Here you can specify the URL of CDN that you are using or planning to use with your WordPress website. If you have some pages on HTTP and some on HTTPS, you should begin the URL with a double slash ‘//’ (e.g.: //www.cdnurl.com).
- CDN Content: Here you enter the subdirectories for which you wish CDN to serve content.
- Exclude Content: If you want to exclude content (static content such as CSS/JS/images) from CDN, you can list them in this field.
- Relative Path: We recommend that you keep this option enabled. This will enable the relative path for your website.
The last tab that you can configure is Varnish. By default, Varnish is enabled on all fresh WordPress deployments. To manage Varnish settings, please refer to this guide. We recommend that you keep the Auto Purge Varnish option enabled at all times. You can also manually purge Varnish as shown below.
Step 5: Purge Cloudways Breeze Cache (If/When Needed)
By default, Breeze WordPress Cache Plugin purges internal cache after one day (you can change this value in Basic Options).
If you want to manually purge the plugin’s internal or varnish cache, you can do so from the Breeze tab in the top bar as shown below.
That’s it! You have configured Breeze – WordPress Cache Plugin as per your requirements. Please let us know how it performs for you. In a case of questions/concerns, feel free to get in touch with the support team via Live Chat or support ticket.