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Speeding up your WordPress application is very much connected to having a persistent caching mechanism to serve growing traffic needs with minimum load on server resources. There are different types of caching, such as page caching, browser caching, etc. Breeze plugin by Cloudways specializes in taking care of all these types of caching and optimizing your WordPress applications.

There's one more type called object caching which can significantly improve your website's performance. Cloudways uses external persistent object caching solutions like Redis and Memcached at the server level. However, to take object caching to the next level at the application layer, Cloudways has partnered with Object Cache Pro to leverage cutting-edge Redis-powered object caching and compression technology in WordPress applications.

In this article, you will learn about speeding up your WordPress application using the Object Cache Pro plugin.

What is Object Caching

WordPress is heavily dependent on the database; therefore, the efficacy and efficiency of the WordPress application are critical to the performance.

Object caching is a method of storing database query results to serve future requests of the same data from the cache without needing to query the database. Thus, it can help ease the load on the database and server and deliver queries faster.

How to Install Object Cache Pro Plugin

The process of installing the Object Cache Pro plugin for new and existing WordPress applications is very straightforward.

Important

Please note that installing the Object Cache Pro plugin will create a conflict if you already have another object caching plugin. In such a case, you'll be required to manually remove that existing object caching plugin before you can take advantage of Object Cache Pro.

Requirements

  • RAM: Minimum 2GB or higher

    (If not, you can upscale your server)

  • Package: Redis

    (Server must have Redis installed)

  • PHP: Minimum 7.3 or higher

    (If not, you can upgrade to PHP 7.3 or higher, e.g., PHP 8)

Supported Applications

Object Cache Pro plugin comes pre-packaged with Cloudways-optimized WordPress, WooCommerce, and Multisite applications. However, it is not offered with a clean WordPress application.

Installation for New Server and Application

Object Cache Pro plugin is pre-installed and activated when you launch a new server with a supported WordPress application. The new server should also meet the mandatory requirements.

Important

If you add any new WordPress applications to the same server, they will also have the Object Cache Pro plugin installed and activated.

Installation For Existing Applications

To install the Object Cache Pro plugin on your existing WordPress applications, you can use the following steps:

  1. Ensure your existing server meets the requirements for installing the Object Cache Pro plugin.

  2. Next, install Redis by visiting the Settings and Packages option. If you already have Redis installed, you need to uninstall and reinstall it again.

That's it! Once Redis is installed, the Object Cache Pro plugin will automatically be configured on all the supported WordPress applications available on that server.

Important

If you add any new WordPress applications to the same server, they will also have the Object Cache Pro plugin installed and activated.

How to Use Object Cache Pro Plugin

Object Cache Pro plugin is automatically configured by Cloudways when you install it. Here's how you can access your plugin dashboard.

  1. Sign in to your WordPress admin panel using your credentials. Your admin panel URL and credentials are also available on the Cloudways Platform.

  2. Next, visit Plugins > Installed Plugins in your WordPress admin panel.

  3. Next, click Must-Use Plugins as Object Cache Pro plugin works as a Must-Use plugin.

  4. Finally, click Health.

Support Scope

Cloudways support scope is limited to installing the Object Cache Pro plugin and Redis for supported WordPress applications. Other configurations and modifications are supposed to be handled by the website owners.

The installation-related support is also limited for servers running PHP 7.3 or higher as per the requirements.

How to Deactivate Object Cache Pro Plugin

You can deactivate the Object Cache Pro plugin on a specific application by following these steps:

  1. Visit your WordPress admin panel and navigate to Dashboard > Home.

  2. Next, click Disable inside the Object Cache Pro widget. This action only deactivates the plugin, not uninstall it, so you can always enable it using the same button.

Important

Please note that uninstalling Redis on a server will result in deactivating the Object Cache Pro plugin on all your WordPress websites hosted on that server.

WordPress is highly dependent on database performance. If you run an extensive website or a WooCommerce-based store, you can quickly enable persistent object caching on it using the Object Cache Pro plugin. It will cache database-intensive tasks to make your application more resilient and faster with fewer resources.

That's it! We hope this tutorial was helpful. If you need any help, then feel free to search your query on Cloudways Support Center or contact us via chat (Need a Hand > Send us a Message). Alternatively, you can also create a support ticket.

FAQs

Is the Object Cache Pro plugin free to use?

Yes, the Object Cache Pro plugin is free for Cloudways customers to use with all the supported WordPress applications.

Can I use this plugin on the staging applications?

The Object Cache Pro plugin is currently not available for staging applications.

Can I use this plugin with Breeze?

Yes, the Object Cache Pro plugin can be used alongside Breeze as Object Cache Pro is dedicated to object caching purposes.

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