Support » Plugin: W3 Total Cache » [Plugin: W3 Total Cache] How to measure gains?

  • Resolved luciano-passuello


    What is the best way to measure gains of using W3TC?

    For example, I turned on Object Caching, but couldn’t notice any improvements using my “naked eyes”. (using ‘disk’ setting) I’ve read somewhere that caching may actually decrease performance in some cases, so I am in search of an objective and reliable way of measuring things…

    Is there a suggested way to check configuration changes for actual results? Please advise.


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  • Plugin Author Frederick Townes


    Unfortunately the answer is “what would you like to measure?” For example you can “measure” user experience with, you can test the policies / practices of your site using YSlow or PageSpeed. You can use apache bench to test the throughput or concurrency of your web server under stress. The priority for most is to optimize the user experience and then learn how to tune your site for your theme/server mastering one type of caching at a time. For most, the 2-3 minute installation (if you know how to do the default steps already) is “enough” to scratch the itch.

    Hi Frederick,

    Your reply was very enlightening. I am going to turn Object Cache on and off and test using the many methods you suggested. Thanks!

    Plugin Author Frederick Townes


    You’re welcome.

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