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W3 Total Cache

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


335 reviews
Average Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
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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.

annoying popup
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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 !

Forced me to Rate them
By , for WP 4.3.1

I installed the plugin and started getting popups telling me I have been using the plugin for 30 days and gave me 5 options. To "like" them, "tweet" about them, Use their name in the footer, Rate & Review, or join their newsletter. While I appreciate the free plugin, I don't like to be forced in to things, which is exactly what those popups are trying to do. Ever single time I hit save, the damn popup would show. So, you got what you wanted...annoying me to the point of a bad rating.

Well, I just went back to the site and popup still appears...even after rating. So, I will be uninstalling it and installing Super Cache instead. Not sure how many negative reviews you want, before you realize the popup was a BAD idea?

After installation "500 Internal Server Error" without any chance of recovery
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Soon after installation & activation I started to get "500 Internal Server Error" without any chance of recovery. I followed various tips I found in the forums, without success.
I had to remove the plugin manually via FTP because nothing was working anymore.

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