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W3 Total Cache: How do I know it's working? (5 posts)

  1. davezatz
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    How do I know if W3 Total Cache is working? I went ahead and installed it as instructed and left it at the default basic settings before moving onto anything more complex. But YSlow and Google Page Speed test indicate no noticeable improvement. I've tried reactivating the plugin to see if that would cycle something, but it's the same. My CSS doesn't look minified. The source code says this, is it a clue? (and my site is included for reference)

    <!-- Performance optimized by W3 Total Cache. Learn more: http://www.w3-edge.com/wordpress-plugins/

    Minified using disk
    Page Caching using disk (enhanced) (cookie is rejected)

    Served from: http://www.zatznotfunny.com @ 2010-04-21 18:11:38 -->

    Thanks!!

  2. davezatz
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Nevermind, I disabled it this AM as I noticed cached posts were rendering with a different character set or something. Looks promising, so I'll wait a few more revs and see where we land.

  3. Frederick Townes
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Cookie is rejected means you've left a comment so you're not receiving cached pages. Clear your cookies or fire up another browser. Please remember that this plugin powers some of the largest and most prominent WordPress sites out there, proof of concept period was over 8 months ago. Minification of CSS + JS requires manually specifying the files to minify on the minify settings tab. Additional objects on your service can be optimized using the _htaccess file found in wp-content/plugins/w3-total-cache/ini/; it's commented to help you out. And finally, Yslow will complain (gzip compression, headers etc) about any 3rd party JS / CSS etc you have and the lack of use of a CDN if applicable (or not configured in YSlow), that is not the fault of W3TC.

  4. davezatz
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Frederick, Yes I did my homework - your descriptions are very good (!) as are the reviews which got me to give it a try. I did realize after I posted that I'd need to manually add my files for minification. (I also realize I need a different server environment and CDN to maximize your capabilities.) But due to some (older?) issues I read about in terms of parsing, I'd rather be a bit more conservative and wait for a later release. Plus, the weird characters really make me nervous. Unfortunately, I'm my own IT department when all I want to do is write.

  5. Frederick Townes
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    But due to some (older?) issues I read about in terms of parsing, I'd rather be a bit more conservative and wait for a later release. Plus, the weird characters really make me nervous.

    I'm not sure what you want me to say about you being nervous. Try the features and depending on any bugs you find they are likely fixed in the next release. Specifically try the development version to have the latest code.

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