WP Rocket Plugin: Optimal Settings for Your Website

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WP Rocket is one of the best all-in-one premium WordPress plugins meant to improve the performance of your site.

If you don’t want to install and configure multiple site speed related WordPress plugins on your site, then WP Rocket is the best choice for you.

It’s not free though, but it gives you the possibility to speed up your site and manage all the options from one place.

WP Rocket pricing:

  • $49 – 1 year of support and updates for 1 website
  • $99 – 1 year of support and updates for 1 website
  • $249 – 1 year of support and updates for 1 website

WP Rocket works well with most of the hosting providers. I recommend the following:

WP Rocket Optimal Settings

Here is a list of optimal settings for WP Rocket plugin. You can use it as a reference to configure your WordPress website and make it faster.

Please note that some options might break the visual appearance or functionality of your website, so make sure you test before making any major changes.

1. Cache

Mobile Cache

  • Enable caching for mobile devices – Enable
  • Separate cache files for mobile devices – Disable

User Cache

  • Enable caching for logged-in WordPress users – Disable

Cache Lifespan

  • Leave it at the default value of 10 hours. You can increase this value if you don’t update your website frequently.
WP Rocket cache settings

2. File Optimization

Basic Settings

  • Minify HTML – Enable
  • Optimize Google Fonts – Enable

CSS Files

  • Minify CSS files – Enable
  • Combine CSS files – Disable. Only enable if your site uses HTTP/1.x protocol.
  • Optimize CSS delivery – Enable

JavaScript Files

  • Remove jQuery Migrate – Enable
  • Minify JavaScript files – Enable
  • Combine JavaScript files – Disable
  • Load JavaScript deferred – Enable
  • Safe Mode for jQuery – Enable
WP Rocket file optimization settings

3. Media

LazyLoad

  • Enable for images – Enable
  • Enable for iframes and videos – Enable
  • Replace YouTube iframe with preview image – Enable

Emoji

  • Disable Emoji – Enable

Embeds

  • Disable WordPress embeds – Enable

WebP compatibility

  • Enable WebP caching – Enable. This is handy if you’re using a plugin which converts and serves images in WebP format.
WP Rocket media settings

4. Preload

Preload Cache

  • Activate Preloading – Enable
  • Activate sitemap-based cache preloading – Enable

Prefetch DNS Requests

  • URLs to prefetch – Enable. Include all the external hosts for prefetching. Paste the external domains without http/https. You can find the list of 3rd party domains in GTmetrix report under Structure – Reduce the impact of third-party code.

Preload Fonts

  • Fonts to preload – Enable. Include the fonts hosted with your theme.
WP Rocket preload settings

5. Advanced Rules

Never Cache URL(s)

Include URLs you don’t want to cache.

Never Cache Cookies

Include cookie IDs which should prevent a URL from getting cached.

Never Cache User Agent(s)

Include user agent strings that should not see cached pages.

Always Purge URL(s)

Define the pages that should be always purged from cache.

Cache Query String(s)

Define query string to be cached.

6. Database

Post Cleanup

  • Revisions – Enable
  • Auto Drafts – Enable
  • Trashed Posts – Enable

Comments Cleanup

  • Spam Comments – Enable
  • Trashed Comments – Enable

Transients Cleanup

  • Expired transients – Enable
  • All transients – Enable

Database Cleanup

  • Optimize tables – Enable

Automatic Cleanup

  • Schedule Automatic Cleanup – Enable
WP Rocket database settings

7. CDN

CDN

  • Enable Content Delivery Network – Disable. Use CDN if you have a decent amount of traffic coming from different parts of the world.
  • CDN CNAME(s) – include your CDN CNAME if you choose to enable CDN.

Exclude files from CDN

Include URLs that should not be served via CDN.

8. Heartbeat

Heartbeat

  • Control Heartbeat – Disable

Reduce or disable Heartbeat activity

No need to change if you disable Heartbeat.

9. Add-ons

One-click Rocket Add-ons

  • Google Tracking – Enable. If you use Google Analytics.
  • Facebook Pixel – Enable. If you use Facebook Pixel.
  • Varnish – Enable. It will be automatically enabled for supported hosting solutions (for example Cloudways).

Rocket Add-ons

  • Cloudflare – Disable
  • Sucuri – Disable
WP Rocket add ons

10. Image optimization

Install Imagify if you need image optimization options. This is a premium plugin created and managed by WP Rocket, so you need to buy it first.

Otherwise, you can use any other image optimization plugin, as WP Rocket works fine with the most of them.

11. Tools

  • Export settings
  • Import settings
  • Rollback

That’s it folks, I hope you’ll find this guide useful and will use it to improve your site’s performance. If you feel overwhelmed by all these options or need SEO and speed optimization services, let me know. I will be happy to help.

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