What a terrible plugin!! Installation is too difficult with weird API keys.. They don't even work!!!!
And why the *** should they have my phone number?
Login issues and new posts not appear
I was running this plugin for several months and the speed was improved for maybe the first few weeks and then the site crawled again, gradually slower and slower over the course of time. Today, certain aspects of the site wouldn't load. The edit posts, edit pages and edit plugins interfaces wouldn't load from the dashboard at all. Also, the blog wouldn't load on the front end either. After I deleted this plugin's directory and all it's files outside the directory MANUALLY via ftp (because it broke the plugins page in the admin panel) my site worked again.
Granted, I did nothing with the plugin after i installed it and just went with all the defaults, so if there was some sort of action i needed to have take to avoid the crash (like cache clearing or whatever) I didn't do it-- or even know about it. If there was some action or maintenance needed in the plugin, there should have been some sort of notification. A plugin should not completely break your site.
I did not saw speed improvements in my blog, also minify option messed up with the content. Advertising is annoying.
Displays an annoying nag screen asking to vote and follow every time you look at the settings!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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