Hello and welcome! In today’s blog, I am going to explain the Dolphin 7.1 cache options and how to use them. If you are an Arvixe client who has a VPS or dedicated server you have the ability to install EAccelerator, XCache, APC or Memcache. These are all PHP opcode cachers which compile the PHP code and cache it in memory. This reduces the average load time and speeds up any PHP based website. To use any of these cache engines you must have PHP running as FastCGI, Fcgid, CGI, or DSO. For the purpose of this tutorial I am going to use the file cache system which does not require any of these to be installed. It is available to anyone, including shared hosting clients and clients who chose to run PHP as suPHP.
To begin, we will log into our Dolphin 7.1 admin and then click “Cache” under the “Tools” tab on the left side menu. Then click “Cache Engines” and you will be able to see which caching methods are available on your server.
You will notice “File” has the word “Yes” beside “Installed” and “Cache Support”. Next click “Settings” on the header bar. Now place a check mark beside each element of your site you would like to cache. Such as CSS, JS, HTML files, Profiles and the database. Now click “Save” at the bottom of the screen.
If you ever notice any of the template files have been corrupted you can clear the cache by clicking “Clear Cache” and then “All”. You will also need to clear the cache any time you make changes to the site and you want them to show up immediately.
Now you and your members can enjoy a faster site with less load time, enjoy!