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W3 Total Cache

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


205 reviews
Average Rating
4.4 out of 5 stars
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Nag screen to vote
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Displays an annoying nag screen asking to vote and follow every time you look at the settings!

broken is broken
By , for WP 3.9.1

Seems to me the author has given up with this plugin. It has not worked for the last couple of months and there has been no update.

Nag Screen in latest update makes this unusable
By , for WP 3.9.1

The latest version has a nag screen on every action you do in the plugin. Extremely annoying and makes this unusable now. I can't even figure out if my caches are clearing properly.

Obtrusive and annoying popup - plugin deleted
By , for WP 3.9.1

The plugin keeps spamming for me to add an advertisement link and/or sign up for their newsletter. I guess that after 30 days, it pops up everytime you do anything with the plugin configuration. This is annoying and since the plugin didn't really do much for me in terms of speed, I deleted it. Good riddance.

performance good, config SUCKS!
By , for WP 3.9.1

So there are many caveats with this plugin. If you enable it, it will probably break your sitemaps. And you will have to spend hours looking for a fix. Secondly, if you turn on debug, it is SUPPOSE to be in an html comment. You know the "<!--" and a closing "-->" But it clearly is not. It is definitely visible on the page... But wait, there's more...
So you try and uncheck them to disable the debug, and guess what... They will not turn off. Tried to flush the cache nope... Cleared browser cache.. nope. Started disabling caches inside the plugin, and the "non-comments" reflected the caches I was disabling. Tried the "reset to defaults button"... Guess what, still there. Deleted the entire cache directory and they still existed. This thing was harder to kill than a terminator. Finally disabling the plugin was the only solution. That definitely fixed it. Re-enabling it, again that freaking message was there. It even permeates the sitemap, even though I have not to cache *.xml and sitemap* . The only solution is to disable entirely and delete.

Too Complex and Doesn't Work
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This plug is so complex and messed up that it requires you to pay someone to set it up.

I've setup W# plugin on more than a dozen sites including Shared Hosting,
VPS, Dedicated Servers, and it has failed every time. Yes Failed.

You might think I'm stupid. Maybe. But I have over 50 sites under management and when a plugin is this complex and sloppy in its implementation, I think it ain't me.

The plugin can't give you the right setup specs for the plugin to work. The unknown status for server setups is left in a neutral color. Setup W3 Total Cache without the right apache handler in place, and your site will suffer.

So first off, the developer give no clues as to the importance of the server setup specs . . . all neutral colors, no warnings. But that is kind of like removing the oil or gas gauges on your car. You have to run out of gas or freeze up your engine before you know status of your gas level or how hot your engine is getting.

So from the get go, this plugin is a failure . . . or they just want you to pay to get it setup.

I've written into the developer two years ago and again a year ago, and, well, all I have to assume is he cares only for getting the setup money. If you want to set it up and use the FREE version, why should he care that it doesn't work or doesn't give you appropriate and expected information to make it work.

Why would I wait this long to write a review. My choice for all website setups using WordPress WP Fastest Cacehe.

It is simple, clean, and works to improve site speed on Shared, VPS and Dedicated servers. It work with NGNIX or not.

I actually have a lot more to say about why W3 is a non-starter. But I'll leave it at this: If you want to drive your car without an oil gauge, then use W3 Total Cache, but then be prepared to pay the price: a slow site or a payment to get the plugin setup correctly.

BAD BAD plugin
By , for WP 3.9.1

This Plugin actually makes an entire page disappearing on my site !.. for unknown reason !... and i don't want to understand why .... i just changed to another cache plugin and everything works well again !..


Danger Will Robinson!
By , for WP 3.9.1

Been using WP Super Cache for a couple years. Doing some updates and decided to give W3 Total a shot,

Let me preface this review with the observation that each wp site is different, and there are no absolutes as to what works and what doesn't work.

After installing Total Cache and activating, the admin and frontend of the site went into 504 timeout. The only way I was able to get back into the site was by deleting Total Cache via FTP.

I then discovered that there were literally thousands of files created by Total Cache. I was able to delete this rather quickly via the file manager in my cpanel...the point is the huge amount of files this plugin created...Never seen anything like this before.

It took me about 2 hours to get rid of this plugin, it's files and all the settings, and clean up the htaccess files and config files. Even then, to get everything working properly (kept getting server maintenance messages, which I have never seen before)..I ended up having to reboot the server and mysql dbs and flush as needed.

Not a good experience. Obviously there are a lot of people that are having a good experience here...just a word of caution before you jump into using this plugin. WP Super Cache is back in place on my server...and if you want something that you can install and configure in 10-15 minutes, the WP Super Cache is a good starting point.

really a popup window that wont go away?
By , for WP 3.9.1

This plugin is crap. If you activate it without adjustments it will break your site. Also it gives virtually no improvement in page load times. Also the popup window that so arrogantly brags about Frederick Townes CEO, W3 EDGE - that never goes away - unless you signup for spam - is a royal pain in the butt. I am writing this to let you know that I am uninstalling your chintzy plugin.

Too complicated
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Horrible user interface, I think you need a PhD to use this!

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