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W3 Total Cache

Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.


1452 reviews
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4 stars
Very Good Plugin
By , for WP 3.9.1

This plugin is really quite extensive and powerful. My only problem is with the lack of extensive documentation.

2 stars
Didn't cache something correctly
By , for WP 3.7.1

This plugin looked to be great. On a WordPress site we display the most recent posts by category in the right column.

When using this plugin, it was somehow caching the pages such that the most recent posts would be "corrupted" with posts from any of the other multiple categories; turning off the caching returned the pages to normal.

So then we installed and tried the WP Super Cache plugin, and haven't had the issue since.

Overall this plugin is great with the options presented, but was causing problems with caching and custom code thus were forced to uninstall and use a different plugin.

5 stars
Excellent, but proceed with caution!
By , for WP 3.9.1

This is an excellent plugin, however is not like any other plugin which beginner can install and test on. This plugin requires a basic understanding of .htaccess file, html, css.

If you have used Cloudflare or similar systems you will be ok using this, however I can't stress enough to do your studying homework before you install or let an experienced developer do it for you.

I recommend doing a FULL website backup before you install. In case something goes wrong at that moment or even days later, just know that the problem is the code the plugin adds on the .htaccess file. This code sometimes can get messy and disorganized, however once it is optimized it works wonderfully. To prevent the .htaccess from being editable disable the write permission to ensure it stays the same.

After all this is a great plugin and indeed helped our site become 50-60% faster.

5 stars
very nice
By , for WP 3.9.1


5 stars
Probably the best WP cache
By , for WP 3.9.1

Having been a WP user since version 1, I see some plugins which develops together with WP and with the Internet in general and others which don't.

W3 Total Cache certainly belongs to the first category and is now a must when you need speed.

5 stars
5 étoiles pour ma première recommandation
By , for WP 3.9.1

Excellent plug-in. Avant de l'utiliser j'avais un score médiocre sur Google Pagespeed et aujourd'hui le résultat est très correct.

La configuration standard fonctionne bien, les options (il y en a énormément) sont plus compliquées à appréhender pour un novice comme moi mais on peut faire des tests pas-à-pas pour obtenir ce que l'on veut.

Certaines extensions sont incompatibles avec mon FAI mais on ne peut pas blâmer W3 Total Cache sur le sujet.

Un seul point un peu embêtant: au tout début, il y a des demandes incessantes pour liker le produit: quand on découvre la solution ce n'est vraiment pas le moment.

4 stars
this really works
By , for WP 3.9.1

i really like this plugin

5 stars
Great Plugin For Performance
By , for WP 3.9.1

I think all sites should try this out. It definitely improved my site speed. Some premium managed WordPress hosts do not allow this plugin, however the cheaper alternative hosts (GoDaddy type) certainly do and you will notice an improvement in performance.

1 star
Danger Will Robinson!
By , for WP 3.9.1

Been using WP Super Cache for a couple years. Doing some updates and decided to give W3 Total a shot,

Let me preface this review with the observation that each wp site is different, and there are no absolutes as to what works and what doesn't work.

After installing Total Cache and activating, the admin and frontend of the site went into 504 timeout. The only way I was able to get back into the site was by deleting Total Cache via FTP.

I then discovered that there were literally thousands of files created by Total Cache. I was able to delete this rather quickly via the file manager in my cpanel...the point is the huge amount of files this plugin created...Never seen anything like this before.

It took me about 2 hours to get rid of this plugin, it's files and all the settings, and clean up the htaccess files and config files. Even then, to get everything working properly (kept getting server maintenance messages, which I have never seen before)..I ended up having to reboot the server and mysql dbs and flush as needed.

Not a good experience. Obviously there are a lot of people that are having a good experience here...just a word of caution before you jump into using this plugin. WP Super Cache is back in place on my server...and if you want something that you can install and configure in 10-15 minutes, the WP Super Cache is a good starting point.

5 stars
By , for WP 3.9.1

I love it.

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