Page cache is not detected but the server response time is OK

In WordPress CMS under Tools and then Site Health section you may notice this error message “Page cache is not detected but the server response time is OK”.

What is this and how to get rid of it?

This is not error actually, but an indication that the WordPress could not detect any native caching plugin solution that could cache the pages in PHP norms, but some how page response time is fast because there could be some sort of external caching solution which cannot be detected by WordPress itself or the web hosting server could be in the same country you are living in.

Page cache

How to fix this issue?

If you are not using any caching plugin/solution then we recommend to use it, if using already but the server-side cache then you can ignore this message as there is nothing to worry about as WordPress itself cannot detect any other caching solution running outside PHP norms.

How it detects the issue?

Generally, less than 600 milliseconds threshold is imposed by the WordPress CMS to ignore the need of a caching plugin or solution. But for better speed, it suggest to use one.

If it takes more than 600 milliseconds then you must look in to the problem and fix it asap.

Page cache enhances the speed and performance of your site by saving and serving static pages and contents instead of calling for a page every time a user visits. Page cache is detected by looking for an active page cache plugin as well as making three requests to the homepage and looking for one or more of the following HTTP client caching response headers:

  • cache-control
  • expires
  • age
  • last-modified
  • etag
  • x-cache-enabled
  • x-cache-disabled
  • x-srcache-store-status
  • x-srcache-fetch-status

If none of above detected it will show the warning! In my case I too use server side cache of Nginx and it has X-Cache response header so the message of “Page cache is not detected but the server response time is OK” appears inside my dashboard too. You can totally ignore this message.

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