So for the past two days I've been battling my way through getting W3TC setup and configured properly. I admit, it is more than likely my lack of understanding. But this is why I need some advice.
I am currently running with WP 2.9.1 (latest as of the moment), ArrasTheme from http://www.arrastheme.com and a few choice plugin's in use on my site. I've successfully setup and configured Xcache on my PS with dreamhost and am pretty happy with the performance it offers.
However when I get to the point of trying to configure the Minify settings I seem to be completely lost.
The website I am currently working on is http://www.sucka.net
When Minify is completely disabled I can see within the head section in my source the following... Pastebin link
Now please, feel free to correct me here at any point because this is where I think I'm just feeling around in the dark. I've been adding these CSS and JS path's seen above in the code. I've been able to get it "functioning" however I then run into problems with the JS blocking page rendering. The lowest I've been able to get my load time is around 4.5 seconds up to 6 seconds.
I know W3TC is actually working because I've benched it with loadimpact.com's testing service and even up to 50 concurrent simulated user's the load time averages no more than 6 seconds. So like I said I know the PS is more than capable of the load, W3TC "is helping". But my lack of know how with minify is preventing me from tuning the JS and CSS correctly.
So I guess my question is am I just doing this completely wrong, am I on the right track? ANY advice at this point would be greatly appreciated, I can see the value in W3TC over the other choices out there and don't want to go back because my lack of understanding.
If you need any further info, please let me know and I'll reply as soon as possible. Thanks in advance.