If you’ve installed an activated
WP Rocket on your website. The first thing
you’ll want to do is check that it’s working
as expected. In this video, we’ll look at four
simple methods to check that WP Rocket
is caching and optimizing your pages. By
default, WP Rocket delivers cached pages for
visitors who are not logged-in. So when you’re checking
to see that caching is working as expected, make sure you’re
logged-out first. You can also use a private
or incognito browser window, if you prefer. The first method
is to look for WP Rocket’s Caching Footprint. Open the browser’s
source view of the page and scroll to the bottom. At the very end, you should
see an entry like this. The next method is to
use the Wappalyzer extension to detect if WP Rocket
is enabled. Wappalyzer is a free utility that lets
you identify the underlying technology that
powers a website. You can install the
extension in your web browser and then just select the
icon while visiting your site to see if WP Rocket is
listed under the ‘cache tools’. Now, if your site
is using Cloudflare, you may not see the
WP Rocket footprint or see it listed in Wappalyzer. That’s because Cloudflare
removes this footprint when it minifies the HTML. So if you’re using
Cloudflare here’s another method to check
that WP Rocket is activated. If you’ve enabled the options to
minify CSS files… or JavaScript files… You can look for WP Rocket
in the minified files. First, be sure you’re logged
out. Then open the Source View of the page in your browser
and look for the “head” section. URLs that end with
‘CSS’ or ‘JS’ should include a path to the folder named ‘min’
inside the ‘cache’ folder, which is located within the
‘wp-content’ folder. This means that WP Rocket’s
file optimization is working. So this page is being cached. All right. There’s one more method to check
if WP Rocket is caching your site. You can look for
the Cache folders and files on your server. First, make sure you’re logged out,
then visit several pages on your site, so they get cached. Using an FTP
application…or the File Manager in your web hosting control
panel…connect to your WordPress site directory, then open
the ‘wp-content’ folder or directory, then
the ‘cache’ folder… and finally, the ‘wp-rocket’ folder. Now you should
see another folder with your domain
name in this folder. You should find cached HTML,
or HTML GZIP files… along with folders
for each page on your site. These are the cache files!
After using all these methods, if you determine that WP Rocket
is NOT caching in your site, click the Help beacon for a
list of troubleshooting tips, or contact our support team. They’ll be more than happy to
help you get up and running. Once you’ve determined that
WP Rocket is caching your site, you’ll probably want to run
a speed test to see just how fast your site is loading. So in our next video, we’ll
show you how to do just that.