Support » Plugin: W3 Total Cache » Double "cache-control" header on nginx

  • Andy Keith



    I would have replied to this post, but the topic is closed so I’m opening a new one.

    If using W3 on nginx, there’s an small issue with the cache-control headers. If you enable ‘Set expires header’ and ‘Set cache control header’ for static files under the Browser Cache options, then you end up with two cache-control headers in the response. From what I’ve read, it’s permitted in the spec to have more than one Cache-Ccontrol header, but it can cause confusion. For example, CloudFlare will only read the first one.

    The reason it happens is because you’re setting the ‘expires’ directive and adding a cache control header (e.g. add_header Cache-Control “public”). Nginx will add a Cache-Control header automatically when using the ‘expires’ directive, so the add_header line in nginx.conf creates the duplicate.

    For those looking for a workaround, you can simply disable the ‘Set expires header’ option in the plugin settings and you will then get just one cache-control response header.

  • The topic ‘Double "cache-control" header on nginx’ is closed to new replies.