Widget Output Cache

Description

Use PHP output buffering to extract widget output and store it into WordPress transients for faster retrieval. It also adds a checkbox to widget controls to exclude it from being cached.

It is a quick fix for bad behaving plugins that parse RSS feeds or call remote URLs on every page load.

Installation

Install it from the official WordPress repository or use the plugin search in your WordPress dashboard.

FAQ

None.

Reviews

Extra speed boost

Great plugin. Does it what is says and can really help give that extra speed boost. It even refreshes the cache when a widget is saved.

On first installation I would recommend increasing the cache time from the default 12 minutes, using the below filter:

add_filter( ‘widget_output_cache_ttl’, ‘widget_cache_custom_ttl’, 10, 2 );
function widget_cache_custom_ttl( $ttl ) {
$ttl = 3600 * 24; // 24 hours
return $ttl;
}

This increased our support sites performance

We use various plugins to produce our support site with 200+ pages, widgets that pull information from our sub sites at support.skylightit.com. We are using caching, varnish and various server side and WP plugins. Our issue was that some of the custom widgets were impacting the sites performance and this just improved it. So that you to the developers for awesome work.

good plugin

This is good plugin.
Simple and easy to use although improved performance in my sites.

But it has not been updated for a year.

Is update yet?

Works great.

If you have widgets with pics or animation, this plugin allows everything in it to be cached. Widgets do not cache normally. This even adds a little check box to not cache certain ones of you run things in there that constantly change

If you do change something and just need to clear the cache just for the widget to see what it looks like. Just hit the widget save button and the changes take place. So if you have a CDN local or off site set up, the widgets will now be included in that cache

Sped up my webpage big time because I use widgets that download the latest posts from 5 Face Book pages on the same subject but different information. Because that’s all cached now and does not change for 24 hours (how I have it set up in the FB feed through another plugin) the FB information is cached and loads quickly instead of waiting for FB servers to send it..

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Contributors & Developers

“Widget Output Cache” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

0.5.2

  • Tested with WordPress 4.5.2.

0.5.1

  • Fixed transient name generation issue.

0.5

  • Remove menu cache due to “active” menu item bug.
  • Allow individual widgets to be excluded from being cached.

0.4.4

  • Honor widgets being hidden using the widget_display_callback filter.

0.4.3

  • Add cache versioning for simple invalidation.

0.4.2

  • Store menu cache only if WordPress supports pre_wp_nav_menu.

0.4

  • Add support for menu output caching.

0.1

  • Initial release.

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