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Once you install the plugin on your site you should find a new section under Settings called WP Rocket to start modifying the plugin’s settings. To start we would recommend going under the caching settings and enabling caching as well as separate cache files for mobile devices. There’s also the option to specify the lifespan of cache files, for most sites 10 hours is fine but if your site is very active in updates you would want to reduce the time required.
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Under File Optimizations, the default options are what we normally recommend but as you get further into optimizing your site it can help with speed improvements. For the media section, you can enable LazyLoad so your images only load once a user goes to a section of your site where they are visible and soon WordPress will be able to do that by default. Disabling Emojis means that it will have your users using their browser emojis rather than pulling them from your WordPress site.
Preloading gives you the ability to give a bit of a speed boost to specific pages based on your sitemap. The plugin should give you the ability to specify the URL of your sitemap or it will try to find plugin generated files. Next, for the database WordPress handles most of this cleanup automatically but the plugin does give you more power over the ability to do this.
For CDNs, they help deliver your content from a geographically closer area to your users to reduce load time. If you would like to take a look at the CDN we use on WPBeginner, we would recommend taking a look using our referral link here:
The heartbeat tab we would recommend avoiding for most users as there are settings for beginners that can break your site but the default should not cause any issues. There are also addons for improving Google Analytics, Facebook pixel, and interactions with your hosting provider if they are using Varnish for caching.
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