Configuring caching plugins

Excluding pages from the cache ↑ Back to Top

If using caching plugins (such as WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache), make sure you exclude the following pages from the cache through their respective settings panels:

  • Cart
  • My Account
  • Checkout

These pages need to stay dynamic since they display information specific to the current customer.

Note, WC 1.4.2+ sets the DONOTCACHEPAGE, constant which means you can skip this step

W3 Total Cache Minify Settings ↑ Back to Top

Ensure you add ‘mfunc’ to the ‘Ignored comment stems’ option in the Minify settings.

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WP-Rocket ↑ Back to Top

logo-wp-rocketWooCommerce 2.1+ is fully compatible with WP-Rocket. No extra configuration is needed. All WooCommerce pages are automatically detected and not cached.


We recommend avoiding JavaScript files minification.

Varnish ↑ Back to Top

if (req.url ~ "^/(cart|my-account|checkout|addons)") {
 return (pass);
if ( req.url ~ "\?add-to-cart=" ) {
 return (pass);

Why is my Varnish configuration not working in Woocommerce?

Check out the following Support forum post on how cookies may be affecting your varnish coding.

Add this to vcl_recv above "if (req.http.cookie) {":

# Unset Cookies except for WordPress admin and WooCommerce pages 
if (!(req.url ~ "(wp-login|wp-admin|cart|my-account/*|checkout|addons|logout|lost-password|product/*)")) { 
unset req.http.cookie; 
# Pass through the WooCommerce dynamic pages 
if (req.url ~ "^/(cart|my-account/*|checkout|addons|logout|lost-password|product/*)") { 
return (pass); 
# Pass through the WooCommerce add to cart 
if (req.url ~ "\?add-to-cart=" ) { 
return (pass); 
# Block access to php admin pages via website 
if (req.url ~ "^/phpmyadmin/.*$" || req.url ~ "^/phppgadmin/.*$" || req.url ~ "^/server-status.*$") { 
error 403 "For security reasons, this URL is only accesible using localhost ( as the hostname"; 

Add this to vcl_fetch:

# Unset Cookies except for WordPress admin and WooCommerce pages 
if ( (!(req.url ~ "(wp-(login|admin)|login|cart|my-account/*|checkout|addons|logout|lost-password|product/*)")) || (req.request == "GET") ) { 
unset beresp.http.set-cookie; 
If you would like to learn more about how to use Varnish code, please visit their website on how to install it on your server.
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