WordPress Multisite was introduced to address the problem of managing multiple sites using single WordPress dashboard. This site works as an admin to manage site under its network and gives more control to an administrator while performing various performance related tasks. Having a WP Multisite setup has a lot of advantages. However, you might be thinking how well it will perform with the growing network. Right?
Caching can play a significant role to speed up WordPress Multisite since speed is an essential factor for all sites within the same network. However, you can find a lot of WordPress cache plugins in the repository but many of them do not support cache on WordPress Multisite network.
A while ago, we at Cloudways, launched Breeze — a free WordPress cache plugin — that is compatible with WordPress, WooCommerce and WordPress Multisite respectively. Along with the traditional caching mechanisms, it also supports Varnish to further boost the websites.
“Before going ahead, make sure your network is hosted on an optimized WordPress Multisite hosting. This is the very baseline, where the story begins. If the baseline is weak, your whole network would bear the consequences.”
In this tutorial, I will guide how you can easily set up cache on WordPress Multisite Network in just a few clicks.
Let’s begin the installation process!
Set up WordPress Multisite
With WordPress Multisite, a number of WordPress sites are accessible to you at one place. It works as a network under a single WordPress installation. You can add subdomains or subdirectories virtually by adding code to wp-config.php and .htaccess file. This means you don’t need to create any extra folders. Not only this, you can also map the domain for each subsite individually.
Note: Launching and setting up a WordPress Multisite is just a few clicks away on Cloudways Platform. I assume that you have already logged in to your account or if not, you can sign up with Cloudways.
Install Breeze — Free WordPress Cache Plugin
As I mentioned earlier, Breeze is compatible with WordPress Multisite. Log into your WordPress Multisite Network admin dashboard, navigate to Plugins > Add New, search for Breeze, install and click on Network Activate.
You can see Breeze is listed under Installed Plugins area as well as in the top menu bar.
You will also notice that it has been available to the parent site of a WordPress Multisite Network along with the top menu bar.
The above screenshot is of the very first (primary/parent) site of a network. Besides the network administrator, it also has the option to control the settings for Breeze.
However, there is one thing to notice, the settings of Breeze is controlled by the parent site and/or a network admin. And if you are the admin of subsite and clicked on the Settings, then you will see a screen (like below screenshot) with no control for Settings. It is because a subsite is the part of a network and it should be controlled by the network admin and/or a parent site.
However, on a subsite, you can purge the cache by using the top menu bar.
And here is the entire walk-through of the Breeze WordPress Multisite supported cache plugin.
Breeze – Free WordPress Cache Plugin by Cloudways
Let’s Dive into the Breeze
Breeze is a free and lightweight WordPress cache plugin that takes away the complexities of other caching solutions available in the market. With Breeze, the loading time of a WordPress website can significantly improve its user experience and SEO, which in results better rank in SERPs.
With the launch of our own WordPress cache plugin, Breeze became viral in the WordPress community. In just a few weeks, thousands of WordPress users actively started using the Breeze and the number is increasing day by day.
“Many of WordPress resources started comparing Breeze with other market-leading WordPress cache plugins. Believe me, Breeze set new benchmarks. Google can help you with the URLs ;)”
Cloudways’ Developers worked hard to make it compatible with the complexities of WordPress Multisite so that the users can benefit from a free cache plugin. Here are a few highlighted features of Breeze with respect to the WordPress Multisite.
- All the settings for Multisite handled on the network level
- Compatible with HTTPS
- Database Optimization
- Support for Varnish
- Gzip Compression
- File Exclusion
- URLs Exclusion
- Move JS Files to Footer
- Minification & Grouping
- CDN Integration Support
Moreover, if you have any query related to Breeze, you can get your questions answered on the WordPress Support Forum. And if you are a Cloudways user, feel free to start a discussion at Cloudways Community Forum.
To know more about the setup of Breeze, you can refer to this knowledge base article.
That’s all! Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard and speed up WordPress Multisite Network using “Breeze”.
Are you using any other WordPress cache plugin? How well it performs? Does it support WordPress Multisite Network? Just drop your feedback in the comment section below. I’m curious to know about your cache on WordPress Multisite.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Which WordPress Cache Plugin Is Best For Multisite?
As we have seen already; Breeze is a lightweight powerful caching plugin which supports Multisite setup. Plugin is also equipped with options required for caching, compression and minification.
Q2. How to increase the load time in my WordPress multisite website?
Increasing a load time of any WordPress site depends on how you manage your resources. Like any other WordPress site, Multisite also requires regular check-ups for speed and performance optimization.
Q3. How to optimize WordPress Multisite?
Keep your WordPress updated and frequently check update your plugins and theme. Before that take backups so in case of any hicaps; you can restore the last stable version. Also use best caching plugin available for Multisite for better user experience and resource management.
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Mustaasam is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WordPress Hosting Platform, where he actively works and loves sharing his knowledge with the WordPress Community. When he is not working, you can find him playing squash with his friends, or defending in Football, and listening to music. You can email him at [email protected]