Unlock the Secrets: Effortlessly Prevent Caching on Specific WordPress Pages for Lightning-Fast Performance!

by | Mar 21, 2023 | Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Technical Help, WordPress

Caching can greatly speed up the browsing experience for your site visitors. Besides improving the browsing experience, this can increase the site’s search engine standing.

However, caching can sometimes cause issues with forms. In those cases, you might want to disable or prevent caching from occurring. To prevent caching on a particular page in a WordPress site using a WordPress caching plugin, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Identify the cache plugin: You need to determine which caching plugin you’re using on your WordPress site. The process can differ slightly between plugins. Some popular WordPress cache plugins explored in this article are WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, and WP Rocket.
  2. Exclude the page from caching: Follow the directions below to disable caching on particular pages.

For WP Super Cache

    • Go to your WordPress dashboard.
    • Navigate to “Settings” and click on “WP Super Cache.”
    • Click on the “Advanced” tab.
    • In the “Accepted Filenames & Rejected URIs” section, find the text box labeled “Add here strings (not a filename) that forces a page not to be cached.”
    • Add the page URL or a unique part of the URL you want to exclude from caching (e.g., ‘/do-not-cache-me/’).
    • Click “Save Strings.”

For W3 Total Cache

    • Go to your WordPress dashboard.
    • Navigate to “Performance” and click on “Page Cache.”
    • Scroll down to the “Never cache the following pages” section.
    • Add the page URL or a unique part of the URL you want to exclude from caching (e.g., ‘/do-not-cache-me/’).
    • Click “Save all settings.”

For WP Rocket

    • Go to your WordPress dashboard.
    • Navigate to “Settings” and click on “WP Rocket.”
    • Click on the “Advanced Rules” tab.
    • In the “Never Cache URL(s)” section, add the page URL or a unique part of the URL you want to exclude from caching (e.g., ‘/do-not-cache-me/’).
    • Click “Save Changes.”

After making the changes, the specified page will no longer be cached by the plugin.

Remember to replace ‘/do-not-cache-me/’ with the appropriate path or string that corresponds to the page you want to exclude from caching.

Note that if you are using a server-side caching mechanism, a Content Delivery Network (CDN), or a reverse proxy like Varnish, you may also need to configure those services separately to exclude the specific page from caching.

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