Testing Plugin+LSCWP Compatibility

If you are wondering if a particular plugin is compatible with LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress, this guide can help you figure it out. We've tried to make these instruction as easy to understand as possible. You don't need to be a developer in order to test for compatibility between two plugins.

NOTE: While you could perform these tests on a production site, we recommend using a test WordPress installation if you have one. This allows you to really take your time, and follow the steps carefully. Testing compatibility is not hard, per se, but it is helpful if you can do it without the added pressure of having your production environment effectively offline for the duration of the test.

You may not have to do a test at all!

  1. Check our compatibility list. If the plugin appears there, then we've already tested it and we know it works.
  2. Check with the plugin author. They may already have tested for LSCWP compatibility.

If you didn't find any answers with the previous two ideas, not to worry. The vast majority of plugins is compatible with LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress. Here are a few rules-of-thumb. The plugin you want to test is probably compatible if:

  1. it doesn't generate site content
  2. it doesn't manipulate existing front-end content

If the plugin generates or manipulates site content, it still may be compatible if:

  1. it generates or manipulates content that triggers the same purge events that are monitored by LSCWP
  2. it generates or manipulates content that follows the same caching rules that are followed by LSCWP

If you're still not sure, you'll need to test for compatibility.

In whichever environment you are using (test or production) verify that LSCache for WordPress is working as desired before activating the other plugin. Once you have it the way you want it, you may proceed with testing as outlined below.

Since it's cumbersome to keep saying “the plugin you want to test,” let's call it “ThatPlugin” for this example.

Deactivate

Deactivate all plugins except for LSCache and ThatPlugin. Here's how:

From the WordPress Dashboard, navigate to Plugins, and click the checkbox next to the Plugins column as shown. All of the plugins will be checked. Un-check the boxes next to LiteSpeed Cache and ThatPlugin. Select Deactivate from the dropdown Bulk Actions box, and click the Apply button. All plugins, aside from LSCache and ThatPlugin will be disabled.

Also, be sure that you are using a theme that is compatible with LSCache. If you are not sure about your theme, temporarily switch to the WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme: Navigate to Appearance > Themes, hover over the Twenty Seventeen card, and press the Activate button.

Purge

Purge the cache: Navigate to LiteSpeed Cache > Manage > Purge and press the Purge All button.

TEST!

This step varies, depending on how you use ThatPlugin, and what it needs to be able to do. Run through your most common scenarios, and after each step, verify that ThatPlugin is working as expected. You might also want to check to see if the relevant pages are properly cached.

If ThatPlugin deals with any private information, run the through the steps twice: once logged-in, and once in incognito mode. When you visit the site incognito, be sure that you are not seeing any private information from your previous logged-in session.

Some Examples

  • If ThatPlugin is a forum plugin, run through the steps of creating an account, updating your profile, publishing a post, and submitting a comment. Check the cache at every step.
  • If ThatPlugin is a social sharing plugin that counts shares, use it to share a post or a page to social media and then verify that the share count has increased.
  • If ThatPlugin is a contact form plugin, use it to send yourself some feedback. Visit the form page again while not logged in, and verify that you are not seeing any of your previous logged-in information.

Document + Report

If you encounter an issue that indicates the plugins are not working well together, document it. Take a screenshot, or copy the text of any error messages you may get. Visit the LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress support forum and share as many details as possible, including the above screenshots.

It might also be helpful to include a copy of your Environment Report so that the support team can see your system settings. To do so, navigate to LiteSpeed Cache > Report and click the Send to LiteSpeed button. Then make note of the Report Number and include it with your forum post.

Reactivate

Once you are satisfied that everything works well, or you have documented and reported anything that doesn't, you may re-activate all of the plugins, and restore your preferred theme.

Sometimes the plugins all get along well, but there is something unexpected happening in the theme. To test theme compatibility, follow the same steps as above, with the following differences:

  • LiteSpeed Cache should be the only active plugin
  • The theme you want to test should be activated
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  • Last modified: 2018/03/29 19:29
  • by Lisa Clarke