Speed of page is an important factor for better reader experience and also from search engine perspective. In WordPress we have many cache plugins that we can use and out of all the plugins, Wp Super cache and W3 total cache are my favorite.
I have heard a lot of good things about total cache plugin which is also a caching plugin like Super cache but with more options. Specially if you are planning to use CDN, W3 total cache plugin offer great support and it has plug and play settings. I’m as it is planning to use MaxCDN on my blog network to speed up loading time and to start with everything, I tested W3 total cache plugin on other blog. This test is done on my WordPress Hosting blog. Here I’m sharing my guide and method I use to configure W3 total cache plugin.
How to Install W3 total cache:
Search for W3 total cache from add new plugin under WordPress dashboard and install this plugin. Make sure to uninstall Super cache plugin or any other WordPress plugin if you are using.
Or you can download the plugin from here and manually upload it to your server. If you are new to WordPress, this guide will help you to learn: How to Install WordPress Plugin. Once you have installed and activated the plugin, follow the step mentioned below.
So, once you are done installing, we will start with next step:
How to Configure W3 total cache:
Though set up option in W3 total cache is way advance than Super cache and newbie might get confuse with tons of options. So here is a quick configuration guide and settings which I’m using on my blog.
Setting up W3 total cache plugin
Once you have installed and activated W3 Total cache, go to Performance > General settings and enable all the cache options you want to enable. Later on you can make changes in individual settings, to fine tune your W3TC configuration.
In the below image you would be seeing only those settings that you need to enable. For clear understanding, I have highlighted those option in red box:
If you see the above screenshot, you will realize how many options that we can configure in the setting panel and in this tutorial, I will not be writing about configuration for CDN, but will be sharing about optimizing your blog using total cache.
From general settings, you can activate and deactivate caching. So check the first box which says general and click on save changes. After making changes, click on Preview to check if everything is all right and click on deploy to make this setting live.
Page Cache Settings:
This is the usual settings which we use with plug and play installation of Super cache plugin. By default all essential settings are checked, kindly review all checked boxes again and proceed to next setting.
Browser cache settings:
One cool thing about latestv version of W3 Total cache is the extensions support. It offers extensions for few popular WordPress plugins & themes such as Yoast SEO, Genesis theme, Cloudflare & Feedburner. Enable those settings which you are using.
- Here is your guide to configure CloudFlare
- Guide to configure Yoast SEO plugin
- Link to Genesis WordPress theme
Like this other options are also plug and play and within minutes you can configure this plugin. This is a simple tutorial and I’m currently testing this new cache and load time using W3 total cache. Once everything is working properly for next couple of hours, I will also install CDN and will come up with a tutorial on that.
Do let us know which cache plugin do you use and which one you recommend? Super cache or W3 total cache?