redis_cache + conditional purging + (Optional) Domain Mapping

easyengine (ee) note: If you are using easyengine, you can accomplish everything in this article using following command:

ee site create --wpsubdomain --wpredis

This article is an extension of the previous article: WordPress + Nginx + Redis cache .

Please read this to check if your Nginx have necessary modules to support caching with Redis.

WordPress Multisite + Subdomains/Domain-Mapping + Nginx + Redis cache

Make changes to /etc/nginx/sites-available/ file  so that it looks line one below:

server {
    #@DM - uncomment following line for domain mapping or you will need to add every mapped-domain to server_name list 
    #listen 80 default_server;
    server_name * ;
    #@DM - uncomment following line for domain mapping
    #server_name_in_redirect off;

    access_log   /var/log/nginx/;
    error_log    /var/log/nginx/;

    root /var/www/;
    index index.php;

    #fastcgi_cache start
    set $skip_cache 0;

    # POST requests and urls with a query string should always go to PHP
    if ($request_method = POST) {
        set $skip_cache 1;
    if ($query_string != "") {
        set $skip_cache 1;

    # Don't cache uris containing the following segments
    if ($request_uri ~* "(/wp-admin/|/xmlrpc.php|/wp-(app|cron|login|register|mail).php|wp-.*.php|/feed/|index.php|wp-comments-popup.php|wp-links-opml.php|wp-locations.php|sitemap(_index)?.xml|[a-z0-9_-]+-sitemap([0-9]+)?.xml)") {
        set $skip_cache 1;

    # Don't use the cache for logged in users or recent commenters
    if ($http_cookie ~* "comment_author|wordpress_[a-f0-9]+|wp-postpass|wordpress_no_cache|wordpress_logged_in") {
        set $skip_cache 1;

    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;

    location /redis-fetch {
        internal  ;
        set  $redis_key $args;
        redis_pass  redis;

    location /redis-store {
        internal  ;
        set_unescape_uri $key $arg_key ;
        redis2_query  set $key $echo_request_body;
        redis2_query expire $key 6h;
        redis2_pass  redis;

    location ~ \.php$ {
        srcache_fetch_skip $skip_cache;
        srcache_store_skip $skip_cache;

        srcache_response_cache_control off;

        set_escape_uri $escaped_key $key;

        srcache_fetch GET /redis-fetch $key;
        srcache_store PUT /redis-store key=$escaped_key;

        more_set_headers 'X-Cache $srcache_fetch_status';
        more_set_headers 'X-Cache-2 $srcache_store_status';

        include fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_pass php;

    location ~* ^.+.(ogg|ogv|svg|svgz|eot|otf|woff|mp4|ttf|rss|atom|jpg|jpeg|gif|png|ico|zip|tgz|gz|rar|bz2|doc|xls|exe|ppt|tar|mid|midi|wav|bmp|rtf)$ {
        access_log off; log_not_found off; expires max;

    location = /robots.txt { access_log off; log_not_found off; }
    location ~ /. { deny  all; access_log off; log_not_found off; }

Save above configuration. Test and reload nginx configuration with following commands :

nginx -t && service nginx reload

Domain Mapping

You need to uncomment few lines in above nginx-config to get domain mapping working. Apart from above config changes, you can read this guide to setup/configure domain-mapping.

Links: Nginx-Helper Plugin | EasyEngine