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W3 Total Cache

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


228 reviews
Average Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
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The Pop-up making me vote is not cool
By , for WP 4.2.2

I chose Total cache over Super Cache or Wordfence only because of the ease of integrating MAX CDN.

However, it is a pretty solid plugin and really does work, HOWEVER...

The aggressive marketing once the 30 days up is inexcusable, also regardless of the trial there is a lot of advertising to include products such as themes, (why on earth would I pay $100 dollars a year to optimise themes by a specific group if I don't use them DUH!) and CDN providers (even if they a good I don't like not making my own decisions fellas...

Even after I made a Twitter post and a facebook share the pop ups just kept coming - Terrible - TERRIBLE - TEEEEEEEERRIBLE!

I will be uninstalling pretty soon. I'm sure it's going to be great digging out all of the left over code from my htaccess and config files.

useless POP-UP window
By , for WP 4.2.2

Why? Why? Why? must you POP-UP a window requiring me to "support" your plugin?!?!?!?

Guess what?!?!? I just did by rating you 1 star!!! Happy?

should sue the plugin authors
By , for WP 4.2.2

imagine a plugin that adds a bunch of files which never get deleted on uninstall.
imagine your whole wp-config file messed up by this plugin

Works well but has annoying popups
By , for WP 4.2.2

W3TC is great except for the persistent popup demanding signup for a newsletter of dubious quality, a backlink that may degrade your SEO efforts, and a review here. Do you love persistent, page-blocking popups? Me neither.

If not for the popup I'd rate W3TC 5 stars. It's not designed for ignorant bloggers but in the hands of your average webmaster is a powerful tool.

Didn't make a difference...
By ,

Hoping for a big change... No difference. Sorry.

Works GREAT... till it doesnt.
By ,

Ive used this plugin on a few sites with no problems, but boy when there is a problem, its a doozie. I can see why some hosting companies block its use as it conflicts with their own server caching. Other hosting companies don't but that doesn't mean there wont be conflicts.

I have been unable to save large content in pages, or manage site backups or anything else that takes the server a few seconds. It all times out, Ive spent a week with hosting support. removed all plugins, tried other themes, Turns out even with this plugin disabled, all the leftover files and funtions.php/htaccess entries are still there causing problems. Uninstalling doesn't uninstall, you need to go in and manually remove a lot of junk. Sorry, but after this week, I'm never touching this plugin again. It isnt worth the headaches when it isnt working right.

Strange Symbols in Site
By , for WP 4.2.2

Do not use this plug in, it causes strange symbols on your site even after you uninstall it and delete it.

Crashed my website
By , for WP 4.2.2

Installed it and checked all settings of the plugin, upon saving settings my website crashed. No matter what I did, any setting whatsoever, it kept crashing my website so I deleted it.

fantastic plugin but..
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they will spam you forever with an extremely irritating pop up on the admin panel which almost renders the plugin unusable.
The earliest post I have found about this is 11 months ago, they need to get rid of it.

BEWARE OF FRAUD - Took My Money & Disappeared
By , for WP 4.2.2

I hate to do this, since I believe the product has merit. But 8 MONTHS ago I tried to get these guys to help me tune up my W3TC settings using their support services. Since they require pre-payment through their plugin, I did just that. It has now been 8 MONTHS without any word or reply. They made contact very early on, to let me know that my tune-up would be scheduled. But since then they have refused to answer any of my emails or provide any explanation. Very frustrating and downright fraudulent.

At the very least I would have expected an explanation, and an attempt at a refund. But nothing.

If you're planning on using this plugin, which I believe can work well, make sure you are comfortable setting it up yourself. As others have said, it is not very straightforward. But whatever you do, DO NOT PREPAY unless you're willing to risk losing your money.

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