How to Install and Configure W3 Total Cache Plugin (Updated Guide)
The speed of a page is very important for better user experience and search engine ranking. For WordPress platform users there is so many WordPress cache plugins are available. But two of the most popular WordPress caching plugins are WP Super cache and WP Total cache are my favorite. A W3 total cache plugin is giving very good results if you configure in the right way. I used this plugin in my early blogging period. I have no technical skills at that time. Results are good.
The plugin is developed by Mashable’s CTO. Using in all types of high-traffic sites like Mashable, MakeUseOf, Smashing magazine and Yoast sites.
The W3 Total cache plugin in is one of the super plugins to speed up blog performance and its loading time. Google loves fast loading blogs. It makes your blogs pages load faster than before and save money on hosting bills as you can stay on shared hosting and still make your blog withstand huge amounts of traffic without compromising the performance.
The W3 Total Cache is the best caching plugin there is for WordPress – Best because it gets the best results and has all the needed options included, like minifying, so it‘s not just Page Cache like WP Super Cache is. 80% of the users fed up with low loading blogs. If the blog did not load fast readers will close and jumps to another blog because there are thousands of blogs are available with the relevant topics. So the holding of readers is a major task. I think this guide will help you to speed up a self-hosted WordPress blogs.
In this guide, you'll learn
Advantages of W3 Total Cache Plugin :
- At least 10x improvements in overall site performance (when fully configured: Grade A in YSlow or significant Google Page Speed improvements)
- It improves “site performance” which affect your site’s rank on Google.com
- It gives instant” second page views (browser caching after first page view)
- Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site (visitors view more pages)
- Optimized progressive render (pages appear to render immediately) and with improved web server performance (sustain high traffic spikes)
How to install W3 Total cache plugin:
- Log in to your account
- Click on Plugins > Add New
- Search with W3 Total Cache word
- Click on Install then activates the plugin
Global Settings to Configure Cache Plugin:
Before activating and configuring this plugin you should check the blog speed with site performance checkers. My personal suggestion is GTmetrix is one of the best options to check the page loading time and its speed to setup this plugin. First of all, check the blog loading time with this site. It gives a total report like which factors and scripts are taking more time in blog loading.
If you are using W3 super cache plugin (or any other WordPress cache plugin) before, first you must uninstall that plugin. We can’t use both together.
Here I am giving screen shots of my configurations. Let us see the W3 Total Cache Settings
I did all the settings in my blog. Recently I integrated my blog with Cloudflare CDN. Recently checked loading speed of our blog on GTmetrix servers.
If your site still having a problem, it might be a conflict between W3 total cache and another plugin on your theme. To identify which plugin was created problem, follow these steps:
- Deactivate all plugins except W3 Total Cache
- Click Performance and then empty all caches to clear your cache.
- Check your site in a different browser
- To enable each plugin, one-by-one, and clear your cache after you activate each plugin until you find which one is the problem.
- You can optionally temporarily switch to one of the WordPress default themes to see if any custom code in your theme interferes with caching.
Installing and configuration of W3 total cache is a simple setup. Hardly, it takes 10 to 15 minutes. It works great for every WordPress blog. I think this tutorial is very helpful to WordPress bloggers.
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