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W3 Total Cache

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

35 reviews
Average Rating
4.4 out of 5 stars
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really disappointed
By , for WP 4.1.1

I've tried many options of W3TotalCache. Response time with W3TotalCache are always higher than without it.

Multisite woes
By , for WP 4.1

This plugin used to work wonders for me. But, now that I do all work locally and push to live, I've been experiencing troubles, esp with minify and database caching. I have completely run out of patience for the constant checking and changes involved with using this. Without multisite, I'm sure it works great. But, until a fix is provided, I simply won't use this anymore.

Removal of popup box
By , for WP 4.0.1

so a lot of people complain about the popup box in their WP control panel - I discovered this morning when my white "promo/upgrade/trythis/specialmessagefromceo box would not go away - no matter what.

I get the dev team is trying to convert users and make buck, but DAMN this is annoying when you're just trying to get stuff done.

Anyways, long story short, I'm on version 0.9.4 - apparently the dev team knows this is annoying because in their code you will find:
* Display the support us nag

If you want to get rid of this, go to the following destination:
*yourWPinstalldirectory*/wp-content/plugins/w3-total-cache/lib/W3/Plugin/ and find the file named "NotificationsAdmin.php"

I eliminated lines 67 thru 121. Pretty much everything starting at:
* Edge Mode popup notification

all the way to the bottom except for the very last character "}" which needs to stay.

For me, this allowed me to continue to use the plugin without the annoying popup boxes in the CP and support page.

Please note, if you just try to remove the entire "NotificationAdmin.php" file, it will break the plugin.

-Annoyed User

not so great
By , for WP 4.0.1

We've experienced too many conflicts.
The really annoying part of this particular plug-in is the popup I get when trying to get to support. It has subscription to a newsletter as the default (it can be unchecked of course) and wants me rate my experience BEFORE it lets me get to support.
That places the cart in front of the horse.
Hence my generous two stars.

Works well - not entertaining promo box
By , for WP 4.1

Big name, works well, not much to add.
I would reconsider the promo box, because it annoys the shit out of everyone.
Either make it free for the community or sell it for money as a business, but don't be aggressive and force people.
Sorry for the rating but the box pops up on every move I take and doesn't disappear no matter how many times I rate it. I actually have to uninstall it I guess only for this specific reason.

Had the high hopes but white screen of death killed it
By , for WP 4.0.1

I couldn't find real solution to the white screen. It was on my production site so it had to go. There is absolutely no way to know if you have a white screen unless one of your visitors mentions it, but usually they don't. I have a big multisite set up and I can't afford the time it takes to look it through daily.

It's very nice that the plugin has popups to remind you over and over again to rate the plugin or I might have forgotten.

Have to leave a review to get super annoying popup to go away
By , for WP 4.0.1

So, I have no idea how well this plugin works because it broke my site. Any time you change menu options in the plugin there is a popup that comes in that won't go away until you leave this review. So... Here's your review. I have to stop working on my website long enough to do this, therefore.. you suck. As a person. I mean it. I really don't like you. Hopefully I can get your very highly rated and popular plugin to work and un-break my site. If I can make it work, I may come back and throw in a star or two.

Slowed my WP
By , for WP 4.0.1

It didn't speed up my WP, but slowed it by 100%.
Moreover, it cached the Poll from Yop-Poll which was broking its usability.
There are tons of options and custom CDN is nice, though.

Don't like the spam
By , for WP 4.0.1

Popup is super annoying.

If you are looking for pop-ups and adds, this is for you!
By , for WP 4.0

Regardless of whether the product works or not is irrelevant. The ads, banners, etc will drive you postal.

Time to investigate something a little less annoying

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