Saturday, July 23, 2011

Creating a Cache Folder for HyperCache

I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to speed up the load time on my blog. One way is to use a good cache plugin. I tried several (W3-Total Cache and WP Super Cache) and ended up with HyperCache after a long round of help desk support calls to the manager at my old hosting company.

When the Hyper Cache plugin updated, I got a red error message which is very stressful. It said:

Hyper Cache was not able to create the folder "cache" in its installation dir. Create it by hand and make it writable.

Here's the Idiot Proof way of fixing it if your web host help desk support can not do it for you. Note that Go Daddy was useless but StableHost fixed it for me!

1) Go to Go Daddy and log in (always easier than it sounds)
2) Go to My Account
3) Under the left hand side bar, go to HOSTING under MY PRODUCTS
4) Select your domain name and hit LAUNCH
5) Go to FTP File Manager. It's a large button on the upper left hand side.
6) The plugins folder is under wp-content
7) Open the plugins in folder
8) Find the HyperCache folder
8) Now hit button on the top left hand of the screen called CREATE NEW DIRECTORY
9) Call this directory: cache
10) Now hit Permissions button
11) You are about to do something called giving 777 permission which is fancy talk for read/write/execute
11) Check the boxes below so that Read, Write and Execute are all checked.

Web user permissions  

 Read Write Execute(Directory)
Owner permissions

 Read Write Execute(Directory)

12) Log into your wordpress blog.
13) Go to Hypercache plugin and hit SETTINGS
14) This will ask you to clear your cache. You say yes and the annoying red error sign will go away. Phew!

That was fun, huh? Congratulate yourself on your newfound tech geek skills and enjoy the rest of your day!

p.s. This is a great post by WP Garage if you are also trying to get your blog to load faster. Just be cautious with the WordPress Clean Options Plugin. I used this and wiped out some of my posts such that they were in my Wordpress files but they loaded as blank pages. It took hours and hours of time to fix this issue and was NOT fun!

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