Plugin Reviews

W3 Total Cache

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


2893 reviews
Average Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
Must use
By , for WP 4.4

Support spam

Would be 5 stars without the annoying "support us" messaging.
By , for WP 4.4

This is a pretty good plugin, but it will force you to "support them" and not provide a clear way of getting that box to close. I had to agree to sign up for the newsletter, add a footer link, and come rate it. Loses 2 stars.

By , for WP 4.4

It would be nice if there's official step-by-step guide on what to do after installation of this plugin for beginners like me:) So we won't need to google and try one by one instructions from various blogs and websites on how-to-use this plugin effectively. There's sooo many things we can click on, but we don't know what those buttons are for..well..beginners..

Overall, Google Page Test Result for Mobile goes up from 54/100 to 73/100 and for Desktop from 65/100 to 89/100 (and I'm not using CDN yet)

So, it is a great plugin:)Happy with it:)

Excellent and configurable
By , for WP 4.4.1

There is a slight learning curve for configuration, but after that it's extremely effective!

Great Software
By , for WP 4.4

W3 Total Cache makes a huge difference in server performance for large sites. 20% improvement.

Popup after 30 days
By , for WP 4.4

After a use of 30 days a popup appears on the performance-dashboard. There is no possibility to hide it, so i had to uninstall the plugin.

No sirve
By , for WP 4.4

Lo he usado en todas las versiones del plugin, en todas las versiones de WP y nunca funciona correctamente. Siempre terminas con un error 500...

Halved requests, 2 seconds saved (BeTheme theme)
By , for WP 4.4

I have a very slow theme (BeTheme) and various plugins that I wasn't able to disable on my wordpress site. I managed to reduce requests from 65 to 33 and load time from 4 seconds to 2 (before, after).

Now I worry much less about the latency of all those render-blocking requests! A lot of development time saved.

Install of w3-total-cache was slightly more involved than with WP Fastest Cache, as I had to: add some directives in a specific point of the root .htaccess; edit the wp-config.php file; manually enable the page caching (and the minification?); try some other things which in the end proved unneeded. However, the result is better than what I got with the other plugin as the excess requests were actually killed, even though the time to first byte for the main request didn't decrease at all. Maybe response time would improve if only object cache worked on my server.

The plugin would be perfect for me if it managed to: combine /wp-content/themes/betheme-child/style.css, /wp-content/plugins/eu-cookie-law/js/scripts.js and /wp-includes/js/wp-emoji-release.min.js; actually combine CSS from fonts.googleapis.com ("Include external files/libaries" in page=w3tc_minify had no effect for me); locally cache external fonts and other resources loaded e.g. from fonts.gstatic.com.

I tried the advanced JS minify settings, but they didn't help in my case: async and non-blocking added some ms for visual progress and defer more than half a second; all in all the default was best for me, just 200 ms added to complete visual progress on a fast connection but a lot of time saved for those who have high latency or low bandwidth (comparison, archived version).

By , for WP 4.4

It solved all my website speed problems. Best WP caching plugin bar none :-)
I wish you could fix the 'support us' modal bug though: it pops up every time i load a page, even though i already signed up and get the emails. It's driving me nuts...

CDN minification and rewriting does not work. No response from devs
By ,

The lack of responses leads me to believe that this is a defunct project. CDN rewriting does not work, combining minified files doesn't work either.

Gives up.

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