Top 4 Caching Plugins Compared (Breeze, W3TC, WPFC and WPRocket)
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What if a website keeps getting loaded but fails to appear? It will load for sure but no one would wait for it to load especially when closing the tab is a matter of just a click. If you are running a WordPress website, you surely have an idea how critical is the load time of a website and how increased load time damages the overall website SERP ranking.
Excessive load time also limits a website’s traffic and in this way, a slow website is destined to lose its reputation in the web space. Now the good part is, you don’t have to worry as I have researched about one of the best methods of boosting a WordPress site and that is caching.
Boosting a WordPress website through optimising its caching mechanism is the best idea when it comes to optimising the load time of your website and for this job, there are several WordPress cache plugins available.
I researched for the best WordPress cache plugins for days and here is the outcome: There are 3 market leading cache plugins available namely W3 Total Cache, WP Fast Cache and WP Rocket. However, there is a relatively new cache plugin—Breeze—A feature packed plugin for your WordPress website that is available for free.
Let us dive deep into these four plugins and find out their distinctive features and what they have to offer.
Breeze—A Soothing Web Experience
A new and fresh addition to the WordPress cache plugins brigade, Breeze is a cache plugin developed by Cloudways that is a managed cloud hosting platform. Despite of being a new plugin, Breeze has a lot to offer including:
- Configurable with a few clicks.
- Includes file-level caching system.
- Supports Varnish cache.
- Database cleanup.
- Minification of HTML, CSS and JS CSS files.
- Simple CDN integration options.
- Compatible with WordPress Multisite and WooCommerce.
Apart from all of these features, Breeze is backed by a team of WordPress engineers all the time and incase you need any help, you will get 24/7/365 days live human interactive support. Top of it all, this plugin is totally free to use and all that it takes is a click on its download button.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is the second most downloaded cache plugin of WordPress and is popular due to its impeccable performance. With a 16 detailed pages of configurations, you can apply a tailor made cache system for your WordPress website.
No, you don’t have to think too hard while setting up the plugin as its default configuration is good to go with all WordPress websites and it also has a one-click setup. With enhanced level of customisation, W3 Total Cache offers features such as:
- Improves website’s search engine rankings.
- GZIP compression.
- Compatible with Cloudflare.
- Minification and HTTP compression.
- Supports CDN’s.
- SSL support.
- Reverse proxy integration via Varnish or Nginx.
This caching plugin is recommended and used by AT&T, Mashable.com, Smashingmagazine.com, webdesignerdepot.com, mattcutts.com etc.
WP Fastest Cache
WP Fastest Cache was introduced in 2016 and already, it is counted as one of the most rapidly installed working among the WordPress fraternity. Developed by Emre Vona, this plugin is designed to optimise the overall functionality of a WordPress website. WPFC can be installed in minutes and has easy configuration options. Its other features include:
- Uses Mod_Rewrite—The fastest caching method.
- Generates static html files off Dynamic WordPress blog that enhances the performance.
- Mobile and Widget cache.
- Cache files are deleted after publishing.
- Admin can delete all cached and minified CSS and JS files.
- SSL and CDN support.
- Preload cache.
- Cache timeout for specific pages.
This plugin has a solid reputation with over 4,00,000 active installs and is popular among all the globally acclaimed WordPress geeks.
Now a plugin that holds the throne, WP Rocket is currently the fastest cache plugin for WordPress and it lets you optimize your website within minutes. The user interface of WP Rocket is super user friendly while its configuration can be set up in just a few clicks.
This developer friendly plugin is popular among global WordPress experts and has so many features to offer including:
- Database optimization.
- Google fonts optimization.
- Lazy load—Images are only loaded when a user scrolls on them.
- Removes query strings from static resources.
- Cache preloading.
- DNS prefetching.
- Multisite Compatible.
- E-commerce friendly.
That’s all I had to offer folks and I hope you get a clear choice of cache plugin for your WordPress website. All of the mentioned cache plugins have different distinctive features that sets them apart from each other and you can keep the one that optimizes your WordPress site to the fullest.