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Widget Output Cache

Improve website performance by caching widget output in WordPress transients.

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Extra speed boost
By ,

Great plugin. Does it what is says and can really help give that extra speed boost. It even refreshes the cache when a widget is saved.

On first installation I would recommend increasing the cache time from the default 12 minutes, using the below filter:

add_filter( 'widget_output_cache_ttl', 'widget_cache_custom_ttl', 10, 2 );
function widget_cache_custom_ttl( $ttl ) {
$ttl = 3600 * 24; // 24 hours
return $ttl;

This increased our support sites performance
By , for WP 4.5.3

We use various plugins to produce our support site with 200+ pages, widgets that pull information from our sub sites at support.skylightit.com. We are using caching, varnish and various server side and WP plugins. Our issue was that some of the custom widgets were impacting the sites performance and this just improved it. So that you to the developers for awesome work.

Works great.
By , for WP 4.3.1

If you have widgets with pics or animation, this plugin allows everything in it to be cached. Widgets do not cache normally. This even adds a little check box to not cache certain ones of you run things in there that constantly change

If you do change something and just need to clear the cache just for the widget to see what it looks like. Just hit the widget save button and the changes take place. So if you have a CDN local or off site set up, the widgets will now be included in that cache

Sped up my webpage big time because I use widgets that download the latest posts from 5 Face Book pages on the same subject but different information. Because that's all cached now and does not change for 24 hours (how I have it set up in the FB feed through another plugin) the FB information is cached and loads quickly instead of waiting for FB servers to send it..

Short but sweet
By , for WP trunk

This is a very simple but effective plugin. Most of the time you don't need your widgets to be updated on every page load, so caching them makes a lot of sense.

The code is nice and lean, so it's easy to see how this thing works. Since it uses a transient, you still get a performance boost even when on shared hosting, which is a nice addition.

EDIT: Addition of menus now makes it doubly awesome :)

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