Many of us have experienced this cache directory “problem.” We love our WordPress optimization and caching plugins, but occasionally they run amok, doing all sorts of nasty things, like causing backup scripts to simply fail without a whimper, or cause the hosting company to grumble about your space or files usage. This has happened to me more times than I can count. I recently received an email from a client’s hosting company regarding excess files usage and possible account suspension. Turns out it was my fault. I had installed one of my favorite optimization plugins but hadn’t expected the plugin to eat up 18 gigabytes of space in a matter of weeks (in the form of cache files). Geez! To make a long story short, I didn’t want to drop my favorite plugin, nor did I want to get yelled at again, so decided to take matters into my own hands. Turns out the problem wasn’t a difficult one to tame. I simply used the hosting company Cron Job control panel to periodically clear the caching directory. Voilà! – problem solved. What is Cron? Here’s how I did it. First, you’ll need to find your web hosts Cron Job settings page. In this
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