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The Beginner's Guide to Joomla Caching

The Beginner's Guide to Joomla Caching

Joomla is one of most popular, free, and open-source Content Management System (CMS), as well as a great online community around this CMS.

According to Joomla.org, it powers approximately 2.7% of the 1,000,000 largest websites in the world.

In general, Joomla is used for the sites those are slightly more static in nature, as well as it is suitable for more advanced utilities.

Joomla offers almost every configuration for its users. Today I am going to talk about Joomla Caching - the most discussed and desired topic of nowadays.

What is Caching?

Before go through the titled point let me give a little brief about caching.

A cache is a place in a computing environment to store something temporarily. And the word "Caching" refers to storing information locally to speed communication between a web browser and a web server.

It enables end users to accessed or re-use later at a point more quickly.

Joomla has some steps to start of caching.

A site administrators can take advantage of caching to reduce the amount of work required from Joomla and the web server by following these steps.

Step 1: Cache Settings

Navigate System -> Global Configuration -> System.

Here you will see an area called Cache Settings. Under this area, there have four more options. Navigate on "Cache" and choose one from the three options:

  • OFF - Caching Disabled
  • ON - Conservative Caching (smaller system cache)
  • ON - Progressive Caching (faster, bigger system cache, includes module renders cache)

Step 2: Cache Handler

Next, navigate on "Cache Handler" and select Cache_Lite.

Step 3: Cache Time

And the final setting in this area is on the "Cache Time" option. The more dynamic your site would be, the lower this time should be.

If you leave this field to 15 minutes, your page will only appear to change every 15 minutes. If you want to update your site more frequently, change this to a smaller time.

Step 4: Page Caching

Navigate Extensions -> Plug-in Manager -> System - Page Cache.

If it is not enabled, then enable this plugin otherwise leave it as before.

Step 5: Browser Caching

Again navigate Extensions -> Plug-in Manager.

Browse for the plugin System - Page Cache and hit on it. A new window will open. Select "Yes" from the Use Browser Caching option and press on "Save & Close" button from the top.

Now all is done.

Your Joomla site is ready for caching. Now with Joomla browser caching, every time somebody looks at a page or an image the browser keeps a copy of that page or image.

Then if a user requests that page again within a couple of time, rather than run out to the internet to grab a new copy, it just gives the user the locally saved version. This process will make your site feel much faster than before.


So, don't get late to configure the caching functionality your Joomla website. Hope this short, and specific tutorial will help you to do the best as well as speed up your site.

Let us know your opinion regarding this tutorial through the comment section in below and also share your experience and suggestion, we will warmly welcome your advice.