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W3 Total Cache

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

34 reviews
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3 stars
Site Still Slow
By , for WP 3.9.1

May update this review if the site speeds up

3 stars
Works, but free version has annoying marketing
By , for WP 3.9.1

The caching works. It did improve my performance. But I'm docking the plugin two stars for a couple of reasons.

First, the marketing inside the settings pages is extremely aggressive and quite annoying. This includes an extremely annoying pop-up after you've used the plugin for 30 days that attempts to get you to add a link to your pages or tweet about the plugin or sign up for a mailing list. Or write a review, which is the only reason why I'm doing this one now - I'm hoping to get rid of the box. It pops up every time you touch a setting or do anything in the plugin settings. To me, this is tantamount to malware. Far too aggressive. I appreciate that a lot of work goes into a plugin like this, but this type of aggressive marketing pretty much guarantees that I won't ever buy any of the (overpriced) premium services.

Second, the settings pages are sometimes baffling. As expected with this type of plugin, there are a lot of options. But, again, much of the real estate on the pages seems to be merely an attempt to sell more services, especially on the "Dashboard", which has zero useful information on it. I've disabled "Minify" on the general settings page, but no where on the "minify" page is this mentioned, and everything on that page is still enabled, so unless I'm looking in two different places, I could be changing the settings on the minify page and not know that none of it is going to take effect.

So, it works, but every time I open the settings I get annoyed by aggressive marketing and a confusing and over-designed UI, so three stars.

3 stars
Nice Options vs. Annoying PopUp
By , for WP 3.9.1

Good results so far, still getting bugs worked out with features like Minify. Site is very slow due to tons of images,I haven't seen a marked difference in speed yet. Hoping the annoying pop-up will allow me to complete configurations.

Nope, the popup wins..moving on.

3 stars
Solid app so far
By , for WP 3.9.1

Happy with the app's performance, I admit I have not mastered all the settings yet, but looks good at this point.

3 stars
Works good.
By , for WP 3.9.1

Works fine.

3 stars
Good but confusing
By , for WP 3.9.1

I come back and try to use this plugin from time to time, but usually end up disabling it because it's confusing to use.

When you disable and then remove it, the web site breaks! How annoying is that?

Now there's a really annoying nag screen that keeps asking for reviews, links, support etc.

OK, it's a widely used plugin and developers need the support of their users - not everything in life or online is free and nor should it be, but those nag screens will be the death of the plugin, as users like me will simply not use the plugin any longer.

When the plugin works, it works well - but it's over-complicated in my opinion.

3 stars
Great plugin, but annoying pop up.
By , for WP 3.9.1

Great plugin, but annoying pop up.

Also, auto-minify error doesn't go away no matter what settings i try.

3 stars
Annoying popup won't go away
By , for WP 3.8.3

Total cache is ok but it gives a really annoying popup in the admin panel that won't go away after 30 days -even if you click on it to save the settings. bugggg.

3 stars
very annoyed by the popup
By , for WP 3.9.1

I keep getting an error for cloudflare and I cannot stand that pop up every time I click a link for one of the settings

3 stars
I'm not sure if it's working
By , for WP 3.9.1

I'd love to give a great review, but to be honest, I'm not really sure if it's better or worse than I had before.

It's complex to set up without a lot of explanation.
I guess if you're a total geek, you'll get it, but I just left things on default settings and hope for the best.
I do know that it had some issues with a couple of other plugins and a theme I was using.

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