Varnish/Nginx Proxy Caching

Varnish/Nginx Proxy Caching | Razvan Stanga


Complete WordPress Varnish Cache 3.x/4.x/5.x and Nginx Proxy Cache integration.

This plugin handles all integration with Varnish Cache and Nginx Proxy Cache. It was designed for high traffic websites.

Main features

  • admin interface, see screenshots
  • console for manual purges, supports regular expressions so you can purge an entire folder or just a single file
  • supports every type of Varnish Cache implementation, see screenshots for examples
  • unlimited number of Varnish Cache servers
  • use of custom headers when communicating with Varnish Cache does not interfere with other caching plugins, cloudflare, etc
  • Varnish Cache configuration generator
  • purge key method so you don’t need to setup ACLs
  • debugging
  • actively maintained

You can control the following from the Varnish Caching admin panel :

  • Enable/Disable caching
  • Homepage cache TTL
  • Cache TTL (for every other page)
  • IPs/Hosts to clear cache to support every type of Varnish Cache implementation
  • Override default TTL in posts/pages
  • Purge key based PURGE
  • Logged in cookie
  • Debugging option
  • console for precise manual purges

This plugin also auto purges Varnish Cache / Nginx Proxy Cache when your site is modified.

Varnish Caching sends a PURGE request to Varnish Cache / Nginx Proxy Cache when a page or post is modified. This occurs when editing, publishing, commenting or deleting an item, and when changing themes.
Not all pages are purged every time, depending on your Varnish / Nginx Proxy Cache configuration. When a post, page, or custom post type is edited, or a new comment is added, only the following pages will purge:

  • The front page
  • The post/page edited
  • Any categories or tags associated with the page

Varnish Cache / Nginx Proxy Cache is a web application accelerator also known as a caching HTTP reverse proxy. You install it in front of any server that speaks HTTP and configure it to cache the contents. This plugin does not install Varnish/Nginx for you, nor does it configure Varnish/Nginx for WordPress. It’s expected you already did that on your own using the provided config files.

Inspired from the following :



  • You must install Varnish Cache/Nginx Proxy Cache on your server(s)
  • Go to the configuration generator. Fill in the backends/ACLs then download the configuration files
  • Use these configuration files to configure Varnish Cache server(s). Usualy the configuration files are in /etc/varnish. In most cases you must put the downloaded configuration files in /etc/varnish and restart Varnish Cache
  • The configuration generator does not support Nginx for now. Read the Nginx documentation on how to enable proxy cache

Or use the provided Varnish Cache configuration files located in /wp-content/plugins/vcaching/varnish-conf folder.

You can also use the purge key method if you can’t setup ACLs. You must fill in lib/purge.vcl the purge key.

Plugin author

Razvan Stanga

Plugin official website address
If you encounter problems in using the Varnish/Nginx Proxy Caching plugin, you can comment below, and I will try my best to help you solve the problem

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