WordPress is one of the best and most popular platforms for blogging. Bloggers love to use it to start their blog. Since WordPress is very intuitive though it can be create problems about loading speed and optimization.
A badly designed WordPress site can create problems for you. Sometimes when your blog grows it can increase your WordPress loading speed. To sort this issue, you need a cache plugin. In this article I am going to tell you some best cache plugin for WordPress.
Why do you need a cache plugin?
This is mostly asked question I receive from newbie bloggers that Why I need a cache plugin? Well a cache plugin can cache your site static content, images and other files and serve fastly to your users. Cache plugin can help you to decrease your website loading speed and increase your GTmetrix, Google page speed score.
I have created this article to provide you a list of some best cache plugin for WordPress. So, let’s get started.
W3 total cache is one of the best and widely used cache plugin for WordPress. It has some 1 million+ downloads in WordPress plugin directory. W3 total cache comes with robust cache options like object cache, page cache, database cache, browser cache etc. Here are some of the key benefits of using this plugin:
- Improvements in search engine result page rankings, especially for mobile-friendly websites and sites that use SSL
- At least 10x improvement in overall site performance (Grade A in WebPagetest or significant Google Page Speed improvements) when fully configured
- Improved conversion rates and “site performance” which affect your site’s rank on Google.com
- “Instant” repeat page views: browser caching
- Optimized progressive render: pages start rendering quickly and can be interacted with more quickly
- Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site; visitors view more pages
- Improved web server performance; sustain high traffic periods
This plugin will work great for you if you are on shared hosting servers. W3 Total cache seamlessly integrates with CDN services like MaxCdn, Cloudflare etc.
A Note to blogger:- If you are using W3 Total cache as your cache plugin and also using AdSense on your blog than it is highly recommended that you disable the minify option as it will alter the AdSense code and your ads will not displayed properly.
I love this plugin and use it for my blog. It is very light weight plugin comes with minimal setting options. This plugin creates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. When a page is rendered, php and mysql are used. Therefore, system needs RAM and CPU. If many visitors come to a site, system uses lots of RAM and CPU so page is rendered so slowly.
In this case, you need a cache system not to render page again and again. Cache system generates a static html file and saves. Other users reach to static html page. Setup of this plugin is so easy. You don’t need to modify the .htacces file. It will be modified automatically. Some of the key features of this plugin are:
- Mod_Rewrite which is the fastest method is used in this plugin
- All cache files are deleted when a post or page is published
- Admin can delete all cached files from the options page
- Admin can delete minified css and js files from the options page
- Block cache for specific page or post with Short Code
- Cache Timeout – All cached files are deleted at the determinate time
- Cache Timeout for specific pages
- Enable/Disable cache option for mobile devices
- Enable/Disable cache option for logged-in users
- SSL support
- CDN support
- Preload Cache – Create the cache of all the site automatically
- Exclude pages and user-agents
Blogs using AdSense can uncheck the Combine JS option. This will not alter your Adsense code and your site loading speed will increases. The best thing of this plugin is its performance options like:
- Generating static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog
- Minify Html – You can decrease the size of page
- Minify Css – You can decrease the size of css files
- Enable Gzip Compression – Reduce the size of files sent from your server to increase the speed to which they are transferred to the browser.
- Leverage browser caching – Reduce page load times for repeat visitors
- Combine CSS – Reduce number of HTTP round-trips by combining multiple CSS resources into one
- Combine JS
This is another great cache plugin for WordPress. WP Super cache plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After an html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
The static html files will be served to the vast majority of your users:
- Users who are not logged in.
- Users who have not left a comment on your blog.
- Or users who have not viewed a password protected post.
WP Super cache plugin serves cached files in 3 simple ways:
- Expert. The fastest method is by using Apache mod_rewrite (or whatever similar module your web server supports) to serve “supercached” static html files. This completely bypasses PHP and is extremely quick. If your server is hit by a deluge of traffic it is more likely to cope as the requests are “lighter”. This does require the Apache mod_rewrite module (which is probably installed if you have custom permalinks) and a modification of your .htaccess file which is risky and may take down your site if modified incorrectly.
- Simple. Supercached static files can be served by PHP and this is the recommended way of using the plugin. The plugin will serve a “supercached” file if it exists and it’s almost as fast as the mod_rewrite method. It’s easier to configure as the .htaccess file doesn’t need to be changed. You still need a custom permalink. You can keep portions of your page dynamic in this caching mode.
- WP-Cache caching. This is mainly used to cache pages for known users, URLs with parameters and feeds. Known users are logged in users, visitors who leave comments or those who should be shown custom per-user data. It’s the most flexible caching method and slightly slower. WP-Cache caching will also cache visits by unknown users if supercaching is disabled. You can have dynamic parts to your page in this mode too. This mode is always enabled but you can disable caching for known users, URLs with parameters, or feeds separately. Set the constant “DISABLE_SUPERCACHE” to 1 in your wp-config.php if you want to only use WP-Cache caching.
Over to You
A cache plugin is highly recommended for WordPress users as it will help you to optimize your site and also improve the site speed and overall performance of your blog. These are some of the best and popular WordPress cache plugin that will help you to optimize your blog. Let me know if you have any queries regarding these plugins. If you like the post share it with others 🙂