HOW TO: Add Object caching to your WordPress site with Redis

September 6, 2020

Install Redis on your server:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install redis-server php-redis

Open Redis' configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/redis/redis.conf

...and add these lines:

maxmemory 256mb
maxmemory-policy allkeys-lru

Restart your WordPress server and the Redis server. For my server, I run this (you can change the FPM version number as appropriate):

sudo systemctl restart php7.4-fpm
sudo systemctl restart redis-server

Alternatively: If you're running Apache instead of PHP-FPM run:

sudo systemctl restart apache2
sudo systemctl restart redis-server

Add these lines to wp-config.php (change the domain from to your domain):

define( 'WP_REDIS_CLIENT', 'phpredis' );
define( 'WP_CACHE_KEY_SALT', '' );
define( 'WP_CACHE', true );

Install & activate the Redis Object Cache plugin so you easily manually flush the cache and view performance metrics.

All done! Enjoy a much smoother and more performant WordPress instace!