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W3 Total Cache

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


270 reviews
Average Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
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Terrible Technical Support
By , for WP 4.3.1

About 2 hours ago, I purchased the 15 min response telephone support. No one has called me. Has your company gone out of business? Two days ago, I purchased the Linux Optimization and Plugin configuration package. No one has called me either. What's going on???? I paid good money for these services.

W3 Total Crap breaks set_transient function in WordPress!!!
By , for WP 4.3.1

If the "Object Caching" feature in W3 Total Cache is enabled then the set_transient function in WordPress silently fails and any plugin or theme that relies on transients does not work correctly. I disabled Object Caching in the Total Cache settings and the set_transient function starts working again.

Personally I would completely delete this plugin. I challenge anyone who think they are speeding up their site to go to gtmetrix.com and run some tests with caching off and some more with it on to see if there is really any difference at all.

Wish I could give it 0 Stars.

By ,

This plugin is ok, the free functions help a bit but not a great dealk. After a while using the plugin you are prompted to rate, follow, add etc... really, really annoying as it slows down the backend and just doesn't react.

It's for free so it's ok

By , for WP 4.3.1

Me daba la muerte blanca

Holy Shit Show of a God-Awful Mess
By , for WP 4.3.1

Good lord. Alright, I have two major categories of complaints.

(1) Ads. I installed this thing not really understanding what I was getting into, and found it immediately pretty unusable because everywhere you turn it is trying to get you to pay some money. If the monetization component of this venture is so strong for you guys, it'd really be better to charge upfront. Or remove all the nonsense.

So anyway, I was like "oh man, what have I done, I need to get rid of this monster."

(2) Fucks up your life. I uninstalled the plugin, removed the most obvious php files it created, and looked for anything stray it might have done in my htaccess and wordpress config files. Having cleaned all that up to the best my satisfaction, I was horrified to see that my WordPress was totally busted. I could go to the front page of my site, and the admin console, and that was it.

So, after killing 30 minutes trying to fix the broken situation I had, I ultimately just ended up rsync'ing yesterday's backup to the live version (I know, I know, version control, test system, then roll to production ... this is my personal site, its not that big of a deal.)

So yea. I think in order to enjoy this plugin you need to at least spend the good portion of a day messing around with it -- and likely, also be ready to pony up some dough, as well.

I was not in the mood for either.

Retardation of the programmers
By , for WP 4.3.1

I'm sorry but I've been a user of w3 since version 3x of wordpress.. and this required footer link is crap.

People use this software on business sites, where they can not be advertising someone elses software.

I will be removing this software from half a dozen installations and moving to other solutions.

whoever thought this was a good idea might give their head a shake. This will cost you lots of users.. I don't know if you can see how many installs your product gets installed on from the back end of the wordpress site.. but the uninstalls are going to hit the roof.. Good on you for doing something stupid.

annoying popup
By ,

I dont know what these guys are thinking, but i will not add a link to support anyone in my footer, unless i'm the one taking the decision.
Whatever i try, i can't make this annoying popup go away, so...

Go away W3TC, hello WP super cache!

By , for WP 4.3.1

Rating 1 star because plugin attempted to sandbox me into sharing about it. It worked - here I am. I have no idea if this plugin does what it's supposed to - I don't appreciate being forced to do anything by the vendor. Shame on the vendor.

why the annoying pop up on the admin panel?
By , for WP 4.3.1

I loved this plugin. Unfortunately I updated it today and no matter what area of the admin ( for w3 cache ) I click on, I get this pop up forcing me to add you to my footer, tweet or review. It won't GO AWAY. So I tweeted, added newsletter and now I'm reviewing and it's still there.

** Update ** If I click "Cancel" it goes away for awhile, but... I have a bad feeling it will be back to rear it's ugly head.

I hate your persistant footer
By ,

I support you guys on Twitter, Facebook and it's ok. But this footer that we can not unselect is not really nice !

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