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W3 Total Cache

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

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134 reviews
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1 star
Horrible Plugin!! DO NOT UNINSTALL!!
By , for WP 3.6.1

This plugin is not only overly bloated (7.13 MB) but doesn't work as well as some of the other less bloated cache plugins like Quick Cache.

VERY IMPORTANT- Do not try uninstalling this plugin as it will cause an error on your wp admin panel and you wont be able to log back in without re-uploading the plugin and renaming a number of files. Simple put....a pain in the A$$. This plugin really doesn't deserve to be located in the wordpress.org plugin page.

1 star
Good for web admins, messy, inflexible for developer
By ,

After 3 days working on little change I completely disappointed.

You can't even remove credit comments in your source code without manually editing files.

1 star
Broke my SQL
By , for WP 3.6.1

Worked fine but after a week I kept having to run maintenance on my SQL database. Uninstalled the plugin, and everything works fine now.

1 star
Not compatible with Buddypress!
By , for WP 3.6

This Plugin has killed all my Avatar Pics and deleted all Group Admins!

1 star
Results are disappointing
By , for WP 3.6

Before W3-total cache
Load Time: 7.50 s

W3-total cache Installed
Load Time: 14.52 s

First i thought i've configurated it wrong. So followed all steps for best performance. Worst loading with w3 is 23.73 s

If W3-total cache can proof me wrong, please do contact me W3-total cache otherwise i am very disappointed.

I've uninstalled this plugin because without it my website perform the best.

1 star
Broke site on install
By , for WP 3.6

The installation process for W3 Total Cache broke my site, specifically by putting unparseable config into my site's top level .htaccess.

Possibly the worst first impression imaginable, really.

1 star
Less than zero
By , for WP 3.6

If I could give this a negative 100 rating, I would. First, wouldn't install and had to go through hoops to do so. Then it broke the entire site. I can't get into admin. I am going to have to reinstall wordpress and then use the backup to reinstall the site. Never had a plugin break the whole site. But this one found a way. Will never try it again.

1 star
Don't believe the hype
By , for WP 3.5.2

This plugin gets all kinds of rave reviews but over the past couple of years every time I have tried to use the plugin it completely crashes my site. Maybe not right after I install, but after an wordpress update, a plugin update, a different plugin install BOOM! 404s. I understand you can't write code that will not conflict with every plugin, but I have had enough and actually decided to give feedback for once. Hundreds love this plugin and if you can get use out of it great, but from now on I'm going to pass.

Thank you and good luck

1 star
Loved it - until all the errors came
By , for WP 3.5.2

Installed this is the two sites i run. And it worked like a charm - for a couple of Days and then i saw i sharp rise in code 403/404. It increased from a handful to hundreds per month. I searched the corners of the web for a solution and have tried a lot of things, but today i uninstalled it. Every time i made a change in something the site worked for Everything between an hour and a couple of Days until it went down.

It seems that the plugin works better in chrome then IE.

And if you want a plugin that works as intended directly when you install it - this is not for you. You have to search and even use some trial and error to máke it work. Right after install my site became 50% slower, but some tinkering later it finally went faster, but then the errors came instead.

1 star
Seems like they are making a push for paid support
By ,

Having issues with the cron job - ended up removing the plugin - seems like they are pushing for more paid support from w3-edge.com (plugin's developer) "In response to customer demand, we’ve expanded the offerings around paid W3 Total Cache support. Use the form below to order service and improve your site’s performance today." I'm not sure if the plugin has just gotten more buggy or if the configuration has gotten too complex - but it stopped working for me and a paid support modal dialog appeared on the plugin page.

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