SG optimizer is the best cache plugin if you are using Siteground hosting. Even you don’t need the premium plugins like WpRocket.
I don’t say the plugins like WpRocket, W3Total cache, WpSuper cache etc. are not good but with Siteground hosting, SG optimizer works best rather than these caching plugins.
And yes it works only if you have a Siteground hosting because you need to enable some cache settings from plugin as well as from your siteground account panel.
So, in this article I am going to help you setup SG optimizer with the best settings for caching.
SG Optimizer Best Settings
1. Install & Activate
First of all you need to install and activate the SG Optimizer plugin.
Go to plugins- Add new- Search SG Optimizer- Install-Activate- Done.
2. SuperCacher Settings
Dynamic caching – Enable
Manual cache purge – Here you can manually clear the dynamic cache for your entire website
Automatic cache purge – Enable
Browser-specific caching – Enable
Excluding URL’s – Here you can exclude URL’s of your website which you dont want to cache. Or the URL’s where you can make changes everyday.
Test URL’s for cache status – Here you can check the cache status of your above excluding URL, that it’s working or not.
Memcached – Enable
Now login to your siteground hosting- go to site tools- speed- caching-
NGINX DIRECT DELIVERY – ENABLE
DYNAMIC CACHE – Nothing to do because you already installed the plugin and enabled the dynamic cache.
MEMCACHED – Enable
Done, that’s all for caching.
3. Environment Optimization
Enable HTTPS – Enable
Fix insecure content – Enable
Set Your PHP Version – Here you can select the PHP versions and if you are on their managed hosting account then its recommended to select managed PHP. With managed PHP, siteground will automatically update your PHP once they are sure the newer version is stable.
Gzip compression – I have a managed account so it’s already enabled by default. If you are using different account then enable this.
Browser caching – NGINIX direct delivery takes care of your static resources including proper expiration dates for your browser caching. And you already enabled NGINX direct delivery in the previous step.
4. Frontend Optimization
For minification, I am not using SG Optimizer plugin because Autoptimizer is best in case of minifying java, CSS & HTML.
But still if you want to use this plugin for minification then,
Minify the HTML output – Enable
Defer Render-blocking JS – Enable
Minify CSS files – Enable
Combine CSS files – Disable
Optimize loading of Google fonts – Enable
Remove query strings from static resources – Enable
Disable emojis – Enable
5. Media Optimization
I am using reSmush.it for image optimization which works better and have more options than this.
But then again, in case you want the settings then,
New Images optimization – Enable (Whenever you upload a new image in your media gallery this will automatically optimizes that image)
Existing images optimization – Start Optimization -This can overwrite and optimize all your existing images with minimal or no loss in quality.
Generate WebP copies of New Images – Enable – WebP is the new generation format of images which reduces the size of the image.
Manage WebP copies for existing images – Here you can generate or delete WebP copy of your existing media library.
Lazy load media – Enable (recommended because this increases your First content paint or FCP, which you can check in google pagespeed insight tool)
6. Performance test
Now you can check your website page speed performance by google pagespeed insights from here. Also it gives the ideas to improve the speed.
That’s a cool new update.
Siteground is the best hosting provider as compared to my previous hostings in terms of performance, speed as well as support. With their caching plugin SG optimizer my results are 90+ in GTmetrix and Google pagespeed insights.
Use these best combination to attain these results
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