In these days webpage loading speed matters a lot, if your web page doesn’t load fast then there is a chance your visitors will leave your site and also its impact on search engine ranking. Even Google also has clarified that they take page load time as one of the signals for better search engine ranking.
There are number of ways to improve your web page loading speed such as using the best Web Hosting provider and also using the fastest WordPress theme which will help to load your site faster and also to improve your website traffic. Once your website traffic will improve your website will get a better search engine ranking.
There is one more easy option to get a better speed of your website which is by using the best WordPress Cache Plugin. But before we move towards the list of caching plugins for WordPress. I want to explain to you that what is cache.
What is Caching?
Here I want to explain to you that what is cache and why you need to install one of the below WordPress caching plugin. Caching is web technology which helps to load your website faster. In a simple way if I explain to you what is cache then the cache is web technology which converts your dynamic pages into HTML pages.
Normally what is happening if you don’t have a caching plugin. When your visitor opens a page of your WordPress website at that time it loads everything related to your page such as sidebar, plugins, images etc from WordPress database. For loading, all this stuff database sent a number of request to the server. So what will happen when lots of visitors visit your website at a time, your website may be down or get an error because of getting a number of request to the server at a time.
But if you have installed WordPress caching plugin then it will convert your dynamic pages into static pages. So now your visitor opens a page of your website then the database will not directly send the same request to the server but it will serve the saved static page of your website.
This is the concept of caching and I hope after reading this now you have got a better idea about what is caching, ok so now we will see the best WordPress caching plugins.
Best WordPress Cache Plugins
W3 Total Cache is one of the most popular caching plugin for WordPress. At the time of writing this post, it has 1+ million downloads with 4.5 user rating. The W3 Total Cache plugin is recommended by the most popular web hosting providers of the industry such as SiteGround, Bluehost and Hostgator.
The latest version of W3 Total Cache plugin comes with the CloudFlare integration. If you are using CDN then don’t worry it has integrated CDN option so you can easily configure by using this plugin.
Once you installed and activate the plugin, you can be able to see the Performance tab in your WordPress dashboard. So now if you want to configure the plugin you need to click on the Performance -> General Settings.
One thing you need to know about this plugin is that the plugin settings page offers you 15 options to configure the plugin as per requirement. But the by default setting of this plugin is also work well if you don’t have much knowledge about to configure the settings.
The W3 Total Cache plugin makes sure improve the performance of your server, which is very good for your website to run even after getting a high traffic. Apart from this W3 Total Cache works well with VPS, Dedicated server, Cloud hosting and Shared hosting.
Some of the highlighted features:
- Compatible with CloudFlare
- Content Delivery Network (CDN) Integration
WP Super Cache is also another most popular WordPress caching plugin. Similar W3 Total Cache plugin this WP Super Cache plugin also has 1+ million downloads with the 4.5 user rating.
This plugin comes with the 3 different types of cache options which are Mod_rewrite, PHP and Legacy caching. Mod_Rewrite is an advanced and fastest caching technique. To use this Mod_Rewrite caching type require the Apache mod_rewrite module and also require to modify the .htaccess file of your website.
After installing and activate the plugin you will be able to configure the plugin by click on the Settings -> WP Super Cache. Once you activate the plugin you can see the Easy tab to configure the plugin at the basic level but if you have a knowledge then you can configure the plugin at the advanced level by click in on the Advanced tab, so you can configure the plugin as per your requirement. This plugin also supports CDN so if you are using CDN then you can configure your CDN setting by clicking on the CDN tab.
The Content tab will show you the statistics of cache and Preload tab gives you the options to cache all the posts and pages of the website. Normally the cache plugin creates lots of file in your server so here I suggest you to preload only your fresh content.
WP Fastest Cache is the simplest caching plugin for WordPress. Like the other caching plugin WP Fastest Cache plugin also converts your dynamic WordPress blog into static HTML files.
Once install and activate the plugin you can easily able to access this plugin by click on the WP Fastest Cache tab on your WordPress dashboard. The best thing about this plugin is that it comes with the basic setting options you just need to enable the options such as enable the cache, minify HTML, minify CSS etc. which you can easily understand. Setup of this plugin is so easy. You don’t need to modify the .htacces file. It will be modified automatically.
I hope after going through this article now you can able to understand what is cache and how it works, also how it helps to improve your website performance.
Above all the three plugins are the most popular and best caching plugins for WordPress. So let me know in the comment box which one you like the most?