Breeze is a free, simple (yet powerful) and user-friendly WordPress Caching Plugin developed by the Cloudways team. It offers various options to optimize WordPress performance at various levels. It works equally great with WordPress, WordPress with WooCommerce and WordPress Multisite.
Breeze excels in the following areas:
Performance: Breeze improves website speed and resource optimization. Other features include file level cache system, database cleanup, minification, support for Varnish cache and simplified CDN integration options.
Convenience: Breeze is easy to install and configure directly from WordPress. Configuring Breeze is easy and most of the default options work well right out of the box. The recommended settings should work on all your WordPress websites seamlessly.
Simplicity: Breeze is designed to be simple for all users. Just install and activate the plugin and you’ll see the results instantaneously.
What makes Breeze WordPress Cache Plugin awesome is that it comes with builtin support for Varnish. If Varnish is not installed on your servers, Breeze will utilize its internal cache mechanism to boost up your WordPress site performance.
Support: We love to provide support! Post your questions on the WordPress.org support forums, or if you are a Cloudways Customer you may ask questions on the Cloudways Community Forum.
PHP 7.4, PHP 8 recommended for better performance, WordPress 6.0+
To install the plugin via WordPress Dashboard:
- In the WordPress admin panel, navigate to Plugin > Add new
- Search for Breeze
- Click install and wait for the installation to finish. Next, click the activate link
To install the plugin manually:
- Download and unzip the plugin package – breeze.1.0.0.zip
- Upload the breeze to /wp-content/plugins/
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Access Breeze from WordPress Admin > Settings > Breeze
To install the plugin via WordPress Dashboard
1. In the WordPress admin panel, Menu > Plugin > Add new
2. Search for Breeze
3. Click on install and wait for the installation to finish. Next, then click on the activate link
To install the plugin manually
1. Download and unzip the plugin package – breeze.1.0.0.zip
2. Upload the /breeze to /wp-content/plugins/
3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
4. Access Breeze from WordPress Admin > Settings > Breeze
Does Breeze support Varnish and to what extent?
Breeze, by default, supports Varnish. It has been tested to be fully compatible with Cloudways Servers that come with Varnish pre-installed. If you are using hosting providers other than Cloudways, we suggest you confirm Varnish support with your hosting provider
Does Breeze support WooCommerce?
Breeze is fully compatible with WooCommerce, out of the box. It does not require any special configurations.
Does Breeze support WordPress Multisite?
Breeze is fully compatible with WordPress Multisite without the need for any extra configuration.
How does Breeze handle WordPress multisite?
Breeze handles all WordPress multisite instances globally. All the settings for multisite are now handled on the network level.
Is Breeze compatible with other WordPress Cache plugins?
We DO NOT recommend using two WordPress cache plugins at the same time on any WordPress website.
We strongly recommend that you use Breeze as the only cache plugin for your website. If there are any other cache plugins installed, please ensure that you have disabled them prior to proceeding with the Breeze installation.
Is Breeze compatible with HTTPS?
Breeze does not require any special configuration to work with HTTP or HTTPS pages.
Does Breeze have compatibility issues with other known plugins?
Breeze has been tested with popular plugins available on WordPress.org. Please feel free to report any incompatibilities on the WordPress Support Forums or on Cloudways Community Forum.
Does Breeze support CDN?
Breeze supports CDN integration. It allows all static assets (such as images, CSS and JS files) to be served via CDN.
What does Breeze’s Database Optimization feature do?
WordPress databases are notorious for storing information like post revisions, spam comments and much more. Over time, databases l become bloated and it is a good practice to clear out unwanted information to reduce database size and improve optimization.
Breeze’s database optimization cleans out unwanted information in a single click.
Will comments and other dynamic parts of my blog appear immediately?
Comments will appear upon moderation as per the comment system (or policy) set in place by the blog owner. Other dynamic changes such as any modifications in files will require a full cache purge.
Can I exclude URLs of individual files and pages from cache?
You can exclude a file by mentioning its URL or file type (by mentioning file extension) in the exclude fields (available in the Breeze settings). Exclude will not let the cache impact that URL or file type.
If Varnish is active, you will need to exclude URLs and file type(s) in the Varnish configuration. If you are hosting WordPress websites on Cloudways servers, follow this KB to exclude URLs from the Varnish cache.
Does it work with all hosting providers?
Breeze has been tested to work with all major hosting providers. In addition, major Breeze options such as Gzip, browser cache, minification, grouping, database optimization. CDN integration will work as expected on all hosting providers.
Where can I get support for Breeze?
You can get your questions answered on the WordPress support forums. If you are a Cloudways customer, please feel free to start a discussion at Cloudways Community Forum.
How can I test and verify the results?
Does Breeze plugin work with Visual Builder?
Yes, Breeze Plugin is compatible with Visual Builder.
What popular CDN are supported by Breeze Plugin?
Does Breeze support Push CDN?
No, Breeze does not support Push CDN. However, you could use Breeze with Push CDNs using third party plugins.
Does Breeze Work With CloudFlare?
Yes. The process of setting up CloudFlare with Breeze is easy. Check out the following KnowledgeBase article for details.
How Breeze cache uses Gzip?
Using Gzip, Breeze compresses the request files, further reducing the size of the download files and speeding up the user experience.
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