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 approve 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 have the Redis add-on subscription canceled. You will receive a refund of any unused Redis subscription add-on fees issued according to our refund policy.
  • Redis cache details may not be reported correctly in the Kinsta 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.

To clear the Redis object cache, you can use the Clear Cache option added to your website admin area by the Kinsta MU plugin. This button will clear both our page cache and any object caching active on the site.

Clear cache from the WordPress admin toolbar.
Clear cache from the WordPress admin toolbar.

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 be 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.

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.