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W3 Total Cache

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

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228 reviews
Average Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
By , for WP 4.1

The Good Although it takes some time to fully set up - and sometimes some trial and error with the minify settings, I don't think there is a better solution out there for minify-ing your javascript, html and css. Using other WP plugins for Gzip Compression, Minify, and Database caching never produced the same results for speed as the W3 Total Cache solution has - as measured by Google Page Speed Insights and Gmetrix.

The Bad Minify-ing the JavaScript and CSS correctly without "breaking" the site can take a couple of runs. If you are looking for a plugin that will "just do it" without you having to work at it then don't install this one, you will be disappointed. However, if you are willing to take some time to test, test, and then test some more, the payback in end user experience makes that time worthwhile.

Certain features require some additional server side installs (such as New Relic) which I haven't explored yet, mainly due to the need to add backend server processes which freaks me out a little. While the plugin will work just fine without using this service, having the option there intrigues me to see what it will do. Just disappointed that I can't just press a button and make it work (instant gratification syndrome).

As stated in "The Good" there is a lot of setup involved. It will take some time, especially on your first couple of runs at it. Documentation on their site is limited, so plan on doing some in-depth searches both on their site and for tutorial vids, etc to get it done just right.

The Ugly The annoying pop-up asking for a review does, as listed in other comments (some of which aren't so nice), bite great-big, giant donkey dongs. The biggest reason for this is some of this takes some time and concentration to work through. By forcing the pop-up, the developers are forcing you to either waste time closing the pop-up or breaking your train of thought to come here to write, "I like it'. I could tolerate the pop-up, which would have resulted in a 5-star rating instead of 4-star, if the pop-up was a "once-per-day" situation or anything other than every time I tried to do anything on any section of the plug-in. For a company specializing in a product that is designed to help improve the end-user experience on a site, they completely botched the end-user experience with this pop-up. Not only does it make the whole experience annoying, I think it cheapens their product moving them from a "Cadillac" plugin to a "Ford Pinto". They should be better than this.

I dropped this down to one star, because of the incessant pop up. I'm working on a second site with this plug-in, and have already reviewed, but now, EVERY SINGLE time I make a change, I have to close the Fricking popup. BAD End User Experience. The plug in works fine, but if you are using it on more than one site, you will have to come back here for every site you use it on and "re-review" it.

Not impressed
By ,

As I posted on my hosting providers site, as recommended, I did a page load test with Pingdom before and after installing the plugin and configuring as recommended by a couple of sites. Page Load time actually INCREASED after implementation.

Obviously I'm the dumbest human on the planet because I don't see what the big deal is. The warnings about JS minification are alarming and I read report after report of sites crashing because of it, so I didn't even bother to implement it.

MY RECOMMENDATION:
https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

Enter in your site URL and Google will tell you EXACTLY what to fix to make your site run faster. No pop-ups, it's free, and it's by Google who, according to the last email I got, now run the planet.

Good luck!

Pop Up is Annoying
By , for WP 4.0.1

We just installed this plugin. We have a message we've been using it for a while and we haven't. It's pretty difficult to configure and even know if we like it when the pop up to share your product, buy it or rate it keeps popping up. I uncheck the box for newsletter and it won't save. So is it MANDATORY that in order to use your product that we MUST do these things BEFORE we can configure it? I am removing it for now.

I'm sure it's good but not working for me
By , for WP 4.0.1

I've seen all the reviews. I understand this plugin is good. However it doesn't work for me. I get 500 errors when I install it.
I've asked on the support forum and got no reply. Disappointing.

Bleah
By , for WP 4.0.1

There aren't enough informations on what to do if this plugin breaks the site (and it does!).
Also, in my case, it slows the site down. Pretty ridiculous.

bof
By ,

trop de pub et trop bloquant

Excellent plugin, annoying user experience
By , for WP 4.0

The plugin is excellent but extorting users with annoying popups doesn't seem too nice.

Big help Big annoyance too
By , for WP 4.0

Very helpful; web page speed is important and this is a big help.

Downgraded review because I have had to close 99 popups since first rating!

Spamming with new promote box
By ,

A very hard tool to work with. There's a box appearing every time, seems very difficult to work with it.

Were working great untill spaming with new promoting pop up box
By , for WP 4.0

I had this plugin installed in one of my client site.. and this plugin was working great till I found out today it was giving pop up whenever I visit this plugin dashboard for asking sign up for newsletter or rate them or tweet about them. I did everything but still this pop up junk coming up and making a work mess. Fix this. This is not a proper method for getting support from users by forcing them.

Thanks.

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