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W3 Total Cache

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


2488 reviews
Average Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
By , for WP 4.2.2


Very useful with one small flaw
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The flaw mentioned in title is next - I hate the modal to give review and recommend the plugin (that's how I got here to write this ;) ) - I really don't like that type of "pushy" promotion ...
But hey, it's a free plugin which does its job very well. If possible, I would give 4.8 stars ...

Very effective plugin
By , for WP 4.2.2

My website loads very fast with this plugin

Broke 14 plugins - Support ignored Us.
By , for WP 4.2.2

After installing w3 cache, set pretty much to their default settings.

14 Plugins were broken - the icons & images used by the plugins would NOT display.

w3's initial "support" reply was to blame it on our FONT CSS. They blamed icon/IMAGE errors on the fonts!

After pointing out how unlikely that the fonts are causing image load problems, NO reply. IN A MONTH. re-posted the error 3 times with "support". nada

Gave them guest admin access - it was never used.

That sort of response is probably why the plugin show "21 of 300 support threads in the last two months have been resolved."

Spent 3 weeks trying everything WE could think of, still no joy - plugins still broken. And 3rd party test sites don't show a tremendous speed change over site performance without caching.

Joe C.
Chief Engineer.

Plugin Incrível
By , for WP 4.2.2

Não dúvidas de que esse plugin é maravilhoso. Melhorou muito o carregamento das paginas do meu blog Super Loto principalmente com a extensão cloudflare ativada. Recomendo

This plugin is NOT for the 'faint hearted' or inexperienced!
By , for WP 4.2.2

Installing this plugin seems pretty straight forward but you will most likely need advice from your hosting provider or a professional WordPress developer in order to configure it properly.

Furthermore, this plugin can really mess up the caching and cause your site to behave very strangely indeed, especially if you are using a web firewall (e.g. SiteLock) and/or your hosting provider provides varnish-based caching to your website files.

The plugin tends to leave a lot of 'garbage' in the wp-config.php and .htaccess files which stays there even after the plugin is deactivated and deleted!

This can cause some very strange behaviour on your site (this is just one example) and unless you are an experienced developer or use a host with extremely good technical support who are experienced in how WordPress works, the root cause of such behaviour will be extremely hard to pinpoint and troubleshoot.

Bottom line: unless you are a 'techie', I strongly recommend you stay away from caching plugins altogether!

If you want to increase the load speed of your site, consider using a CDN or switch to a web host that can provide fast load times.

If you are not a techie and choose to go down the caching plugin route, it is very possible you will either break your site completely or cause it to behave erratically.

Not worth the risk IMHO unless you have the know-how and time to delve into the code to fix any mess this plugin can & will leave behind.

Great Plugin
By , for WP 4.2.2

Been using it on all my sites.

best of bunch
By ,

From simple to advanced user settings, great for newbie or experienced developer. Noticeable improvement in page load speed.

Not for cache newbies but good results
By , for WP 4.2.2

See the title for my review.

not impressed.
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IF you want a simple cache plugin that caches, this is not it.
IF you want a cheap plugin, this is not it.

menu for this plugin is a mess.

-requires serious SSH shell server install to work properly.
-MAXCDN is the only CND listed, no cloudflare.
-you have to pay to get speed
-throws too much at the plugin- new relic, google speed test, etc.
-tons of .htacess rewriting
-webpage test took longer to render that the other popular cache plugin (without using cloudflare)

-webpage test was faster with first byte- but if you are smart you know server speed is not just first byte

like the majority of plugins at wordpress, devs need to get real about what it is they are providing and charging a reasonable price for.

they want $99 a year for a plugin that should cost $12 to $16 bucks on themeforest.

its cache its not rocket science.

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