WordPress: Quick Cache Plugin – Setting up a Custom ‘Empty Cache’ Script

WordpressThis entry is based on a need that I came across using the great WordPress “Quick Cache” plug in. While I found the plug in to be perfect for my needs (and much more compatible than “W3 Total Cache” or “WP Super Cache“) I was running into daily ISP requests from my service provider that the “cache” folder was filling up rapidly with 1000′s of files causing what they call “Maxdir size limit alert

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The official memo was:

wp-content/cache/ are exceeding the maxdir size limit. This directory is filling up with thousands of files rapidly, causing issues for the server.

To be honest I didn’t see a working section in the “Quick Cache” plugin to deal with this issue
(which is to empty the cache folder daily or more)

So I came up with a solution:

2 things are needed

- A script
- a plugin to run the script automatically thru WordPress (at intervals)

1- Install plugin
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/crony/

2- Go to – CRONJOBS–>MANAGE CRONJOBS—>”Add new Cron job

3- add script to section “Custom PHP to Run
(note for script, you’ll need to grab it from this article)

4- set “schedule” to “Once Daily” (or your desired amount)

5- SAVE changes

This will run a PHP script that will go into the “Quick Cache” folder and empty the contents daily. It’s nice because it works seamlessly in the background

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