Cloudways Breeze Plugin Best Settings For Caching 2022

Last Updated on 27th November 2022 by Ajmer Singh

Are you using cloudways managed hosting?

Great because today we are going to share the Cloudways Breeze plugin best settings for a better page experience.

If you migrated from a different hosting provider to cloudways recently then you noticed that some plugins are pre-installed by cloudways.

Like, bot protection and breeze.

So, basically, Breeze is a cache plugin that is very useful to optimize your website page experience.

It increases your loading time, minifies Java, CSS, HTML, and more.

In this article, we are going to share the Breeze plugin best settings, 

You can visit the breeze plugin settings in two ways,

  • Directly through the plugins section: Login to your dashboard – click on plugins – installed plugins – Breeze – Settings
  • In the settings section: Login to dashboard – hover over to settings – click on the breeze

Now here comes the main part,

Cloudways breeze plugin best settings

Basic Options

breeze plugin best settings

Cache system: Enable

This is the basic cache that cloudways recommend keeping enabled in all cases.

This setting will build the internal and static caches for the WordPress websites.

Cross-origin safe links: Enable

Apply “no opener no-referrer” to links that have a target”_blank” attribute and the anchor leads to external websites.

Purge cache after: Enable

Automatically purge the internal cache after X minutes.

By default, this is set to 1440 minutes (1 day).

You can change it to your needs (if you know what you are doing) but I think the default is recommended for beginners.

Minification: We recommend testing minification on a staging website before deploying it on a live website.

Minification is known to cause issues on the front end. Enable one by one and check if it causes or breaks your site. (especially CSS settings)

My recommended settings,

  • HTML: Enable
  • CSS: Disable
  • JS: Enable
  • Include inline JS: Enable
  • Include inline CSS: Disable

Gzip compression: Enable

Gzip compression is used to compress your files, making HTTP requests fewer and faster. You can check this by visiting GTmetrix.

Browser cache: Enable

Browser cache adds expired headers to static files. This will ask browsers to either request a file from the server or fetch it from the browser’s cache.

Enable cache for logged in users: Disable

If enabled you need to clear the cache every time you make changes to your site.

Advanced options

breeze plugin settings

breeze plugin settings

breeze plugin settings

Lazy load images: Enable

Lazy load is a very important feature if you are working on your website speed.

It loads images only when people scroll.

You can also enable native browser lazy load if you want but this is not supported by every browser.

Never cache these URLs:

Here you can add the page URLs that you don’t want to include in the WordPress internal cache. Add only one URL per line.

Group files: Enable (CSS and JS)

You have to enable minification from the basic settings to use this option.

This setting is used to group CSS and JS files to combine them into a single file.

This will reduce the number of HTTP requests to your server. Less number of requests leads to better page load time.

Preload links: Enable

Enabling this will activate preload links feature. When users hover over links, the cache is created in advance.

The page will load faster upon link visiting.

Exclude CSS:

Use this option to exclude CSS files from Minification and Grouping. Enter the URLs of CSS files on each line.

Exclude JS:

Use this option to exclude JS files from Minification and Grouping. Enter the URLs of JS files on each line.

Preload your web fonts:

Specify the local font URL or the URL for the CSS file which loads only fonts. Load WOFF format fonts for the best performance. 

Do not preload the whole website CSS file as it will slow down your website. Do not add Google Fonts links as those already use preload.

Move JS files to the footer:

Enter the complete URLs of JS files to be moved to the footer during the minification process.

You should add the URL of the original files as URLs of minified files are not supported.

JS files with deferred loading:

You should add the URL of the original files as URLs of minified files are not supported.

Delay JS inline scripts:

You can add specific keywords to identify the inline JavaScript to be delayed.

Each script identifying keyword must be added on a new line.

This is important if you are using ads, google analytics etc on your site.

Clear Varnish cache after applying the new settings.

Database

breeze plugin settings

Its always recommended to create a backup before optimizing the database.

Select all, then click on optimize.

But one thing is missing here (Removing tables option.), which may be added in the future update.

Some plugins create tables that need to be removed from the database after uninstalling the plugin.

Like, SEO plugins, security plugins etc.

After deleting these plugins the tables they create in the database during installation will remain in the database.

You need to remove them manually.

Removing them not only clears your space but also improves your page speed and performance.

Till then you can use the WP-Optimize plugin (free) for database optimization.

CDN

breeze plugin settings

If you using a different CDN other than Cloudflare then you can connect here by adding some common fields like CDN name.

After adding these details, activate the CDN.

And keep relative path enabled: Use this option to enable a relative path for your CDN on your WordPress site.

Varnish

breeze plugin settings

Auto purge varnish: Enable

Keep this option enabled to automatically purge Varnish cache on actions like publishing new blog posts, pages and comments.

Varnish server:

 Keep this default. (no changes)

Purge varnish cache:

You can use this option to instantly Purge Varnish Cache manually on the entire website.

Import/Export

breeze plugin settings

Here you can import and export your settings.

So, what I recommend is, after done with settings, export them and save them in your browser for future use.

FAQS

breeze plugin settings

Here you will find some common questions and answers asked by people. It’s very helpful for beginners.

Conclusion

So these are the cloudways breeze best settings for your website performance and page speed.

Always check your site after implementing any setting.

However, the above-mentioned settings are used on our site without any issue.

Have any questions, comment below.

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