Redis Caching

Redis is an open-source, in-memory data structure store. In the context of WordPress, Redis can be used to store the values generated by WordPress’ native object cache in a persistent manner so that cached objects can be reused between page loads.

Using a persistent object cache such as Redis cache allows for the reuse of cached objects rather than requiring the MySQL database to be queried a second time for the same object. The result is that Redis can reduce the load on a website’s MySQL database, simultaneously decreasing the response time of the site and increasing the site’s ability to scale and handle additional traffic.

Sites That Will Benefit Most From Redis Cache

At Kinsta, page caching is built in for all sites on our platform. However, there are some sites that don’t make great use of page caching: some ecommerce sites, membership sites, forums and discussion boards, blogs with extremely active comment sections, and other types of highly dynamic websites.

These highly dynamic websites that cannot make good use of page caching are potential candidates for a persistent object caching option such as Redis.

Redis will generally not help the load time of static blogs, informational business websites, and news websites unless the sites make very poor use of our page caching.

Adding Redis to a Site at Kinsta

If you would like to add Redis to your site hosted at Kinsta, follow these steps:

  1. Open a new chat with our Support team and request to have Redis added to your site. Please note that only users with billing permissions (Company owners, Company admins, Company billing) are able to request the addition of the add-on.
  2. Our Support team will install Redis in your site container and the WP Redis plugin on your site. Our Billing team will add the Redis add-on subscription to your account. The add-on is $100 a month per site.

Important Notes

  • If your site has both a staging and a live environment and your staging site is no longer needed, please delete it. It can then be recreated following the installation of Redis on the live site. If your staging site cannot be deleted, it will be necessary to add Redis (and the Redis plugin) to the staging site container. If this is not done, the next time staging is pushed live, the Redis installation in the LIVE environment will be overwritten and removed.
  • If you opt to discontinue using Redis, open a new chat with our Support team, ask to have Redis removed from your site container, and ask to cancel the Redis add-on subscription. You will receive a prorated credit to your Account Balance for the remaining days of the current billing period.
  • Redis cache details may not be reported correctly in the Kinsta’s APM tool if you use a plugin other than WP Redis or Redis Object Cache. This doesn’t mean that Redis isn’t working. This happens because we may not be able to collect and show Redis data from other plugins in the APM tool.

Using Redis With a WordPress Website

Once Redis has been installed and integrated with your site with a plugin, it will run silently in the background.

It is critical that you test your site thoroughly after enabling object caching, being careful to review all critical processes on your website with multiple user profiles to ensure that cached objects aren’t being reused incorrectly.

If you find that cached objects are being used incorrectly, it may be possible to exclude specific groups of objects from object caching with the wp_cache_add_non_persistent_groups function. Manipulating object cache performance is outside the scope of Kinsta’s support for Redis and will require the involvement of a qualified WordPress developer.

Connect Your Database to RedisInsight

RedisInsight allows you to visualize your database and perform GUI- and CLI-based interactions in Redis.

  1. Download, install, and launch RedisInsight.
  2. Click Add connection details manually > select Add database manually. 
  3. To connect to RedisInsight, you’ll need the following pieces of information from the SFTP/SSH section of each site’s Info tab within MyKinsta:
    • host/server address (IP address)
    • username (SFTP Username, not your email address)
    • password
    • port (we take security seriously here at Kinsta, each site uses a different port)
    SFTP/SSH credentials.
    SFTP/SSH credentials.
  4. In RedisInsight, select Use SSH Tunnel. In the section below, enter your Host, Port, Username, and Password from MyKinsta, and click Add Redis Database.
    Enter your MyKinsta SSH credentials to connect to RedisInsight.
    Enter your MyKinsta SSH credentials to connect to RedisInsight.

Clearing Redis Cache

You can clear the cache in MyKinsta, in your WordPress dashboard, with WP-CLI, or with SSH.

Clear Cache in Your WordPress Dashboard

With the Kinsta MU plugin (installed by default on all Kinsta-hosted sites), you can purge object cache (and other types of cache) in your WordPress dashboard. Log in to your WordPress dashboard and do one of the following:

  • Click the Clear All Caches button on the Kinsta Cache plugin page in your WordPress dashboard.
  • Click the Clear Caches link on the WordPress admin toolbar.

Either of these methods will clear object caching and site cache (aka full-page cache).

Clear cache in WordPress with Kinsta MU plugin.
Clear cache in WordPress with Kinsta MU plugin.

Clear Cache in MyKinsta

Log in to MyKinsta and go to WordPres Sites > sitename > Tools.

Click the Clear cache button to clear the site cache.

  • Clearing the site cache in MyKinsta also clears the Redis object cache.
  • When Edge Caching is enabled, clearing the site cache in MyKinsta also clears the Edge Cache.
Clear cache on the Tools tab in MyKinsta.
Clear cache on the Tools tab in MyKinsta.

Clear Cache in With WP-CLI

Connect to your server with SSH and navigate to your site’s document root:

cd public

If the Kinsta Must Use (MU) Plugin is installed on the site, you can clear the Redis object cache with this command:

wp kinsta cache purge --object

To clear all cache, add the --all flag:

wp kinsta cache purge --all

Exit SSH with the following command:

quit

Clear Cache With SSH

Connect to your server with SSH and flush the Redis cache with the following command:

redis-cli flushall async

Exit SSH with the following command:

quit

Limits to Kinsta’s Support for Redis

Kinsta’s support for Redis is limited to installing Redis and any required dependencies in the site container and ensuring that Redis is available for use by WordPress. Integrating Redis with your website and excluding specific groups of objects from the cache is the responsibility of each website owner. If you need assistance with the proper integration of Redis with your website, you will need to retain the services of a qualified WordPress developer.

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