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[closed] Is W3TC defunct? No longer updated? (37 posts)

  1. lkeels
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm just wondering why people are continuing to use this plugin since it has been almost a year since the last update, and it has not been tested to work with any version of WordPress higher than 3.2.1

    It appears that development has stopped and all the glowing endorsements are quite old.

    What is really the status of this plugin?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

  2. lkeels
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, what?

  3. Smilesbypayet
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    So what do we use instead? Even Joost de Valk (Yoast.com) recommends them, and I really need a good caching plugin that doesn't break my site.

  4. epot
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    WP Super Cache. It's been recommended by Joost (and others) also!

  5. Club Culture
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    WP Super Cache is chaotic plugin!

  6. extesy
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    There's not much choice available. With W3TC dead, your pretty much only option left is WP Super Cache.

  7. epot
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I've had no problems with it (that I'm aware of).

  8. lkeels
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    epot, that's kind of the point..."that you know of". It's WAY out of date and untested with any recent version of WP. Why would you risk using it?

  9. epot
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Are you talking about WP Super Cache here? It's not out of date.

  10. lkeels
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Is this thread about WP Super Cache? No...it isn't.

  11. epot
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Haha. I suggest you read the suggestion above before posting such a comment. The point of this thread is suggesting an alternative.

  12. lkeels
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I started the thread. If your post was about WP Super Cache, you should have said so. Otherwise, anyone would assume it was about the topic of the thread which is W3 Total Cache.

  13. lkeels
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    End

  14. epot
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I was replying to Smilesbypayet, as this thread might help other people too by suggesting an alternative.

  15. Frederick Townes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    The next release of W3TC comes out this month.

  16. Gato De Lenevis
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The next release of W3TC comes out this month.

    :lol :lol :lol

  17. Smilesbypayet
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The next release of W3TC comes out this month.

    FINALLY!!!!

  18. extesy
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    That's hard to believe. There were same promises back in March and April.

  19. lkeels
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Even if it were released, at this point would you trust it?

  20. Frederick Townes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    I don't see the point of insulting me. I'm a regular guy trying to make something special for free. Saying you don't trust "it" is just making it personal.

  21. testandstart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    W3 Total Cache is [ colorful metaphor redacted ] Rock and Roll and millions of people love it!!
    I don't mind waiting the time needed to get it when it's "ready"...
    in particularly the much anticipated "real multisite tested support"...
    You guys rock...thanks for the visionary work and the coming soon masterpiece!

    ...sometimes one plugin really stands out and change the all system and this bothers who creates hundreds of little pieces of crap which is ultimately trash and not possibilities

  22. Frederick Townes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm really ambitious about this project and have been focused on some significant changes that I think will help more people. I understand that people need to get their bugs fixed and move on to other things, but I also feel like this community offers more opportunities for communication than with other types of software and the "abandonment" that people feel I've done somehow, is actually a two way street. I hope some users will return and actually get their sites fully optimized. Perhaps the loyal supporters and users and can be even more vocal? I dunno.

  23. testandstart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Comment moderators, sorry for the [ colorful metaphor redacted ] but since code is poetry it implies a certain amount of uncontrolled passion sometimes...

  24. And that's good to have that level of passion, and positive feedback is absolutely encouraged.

    Editing good enthusiasm like that is just to keep the forums rated G. ;)

  25. rrhobbs
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    W3TC has been working great for me thru several WP updates; currently at WP 3.4 - I have been using the development version .9.2.5b for the past year with success.

  26. helgatheviking
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @Frederick - unfortunately the happy folks are never as vocal, but we're out here.

    ingratitude for free products is hard to stomach. anybody think that he pulled this massive piece of software together in 10 seconds and has nothing better to do than to update it to our whims? this is the open source world... instead of whining, offer to help. or fork it yourself and find out how difficult it is. and above all... stay classy folks!

  27. Frederick Townes
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Appreciated all. Support goes beyond the forum. I remain unconvinced that there are other tools that actually accomplish what W3TC does and following upcoming changes, I don't see any other project catching up.

  28. davidgustav
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, I'm eagerly waiting for the update and appreciate the hard work. It's too bad that people who don't take the time to really test and learn how to use this plugin are the vocal ones.

  29. Steve Truman
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Fredrick,

    Please do not release your upcoming W3 Total cache on here. Release it as a paid version and I'll be the first to sign up and pay you a yearly developer sub to use it.

    I don't as a rule use FREE plugins on our sites because I know as a fellow wp plugin developer the time and effort that goes into firstly building a great plugin (and W3 Total is), then the ongoing upgrading, development and support. It is a massive commitment and one that is not financially sustainable for an independent operator in the long term.

    Your W3 total cache was an exception, as I could not find a Premium Plugin that was as good. Now as the plugin is not upgraded and is breaking down, because you have either had to work on other projects to pay your bills or have just lost interest I am working through the task of taking it off over 60 sites that I have it installed on. This is a big cost to me in time and time is money. This is exactly why I do not use Free plugins on my clients site.

    Even if you eventually get the upgrade out on here I will not reinstall it - unless you release it as a new Premium plugin that I can pay you a yearly sub and know that you are going to be making enough money to either be able to afford to maintain your creation - or stay interested - long term.

    As for all the abuse you are copping - mate just tell them to go and invest the thousands of hours that you would have already invested in W3 Total cache and build their own caching plugin. Your not here to work as their unpaid slave and cop their mindless abuse.

  30. ichpen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Is the new release still happening this month? :)

    I'm holding off installing any caching plugins on a new site (just doing cloudflare for now with mixed results) until the update comes because it's the least problematic caching plugin I know.

    So is it here is it is it is it? :)

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