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WordPress caching / speeding up

  • # July 1, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Hi,

    Just taken over a WP site for a client and its using a caching plugin called WP Super Cache. Just wondered if you guys use a caching plugin and if so which one?

    Also is it something you recommend or does it depend on the size of the site?

    # July 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    W3 Total Cache seems to be the one most people use as an out-of-the-box hands off plugin for WP. There are plenty of threads on W3 vs. Super Cache, so it might at this point be just user preference.

    # July 3, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Thanks ill have a search.

    # July 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    In my most recent WordPress project we used WP Super Cache. I like how quick it is to set up and I think it works great.

    # July 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    super cache now comes preinstalled in wordpress. great for performance but could be a headache when debugging

    # July 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I agree with pixelgrid about the debugging headaches. It is a great caching plugin, but do NOT use it while designing/developing the site. Turn it on when you move to the actual debugging phase, and be sure to NOT be logged into your admin account, since logged-in users are, by default, given uncached pages

    # July 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    to the debugging point here, I always recommend having a dev site and a live site. Run your caching plugin on the live site and leave dev serving normally. You can test everything this way, other than issues with the caching plugin itself, in which case you can turn it on on dev then turn it off again once you figure it out.

    One thing to take a look at is security. Several of the caching plugins have had large security holes that got exposed. Might not be the best idea if this is a site you don’t plan on maintaining more than once or twice a month.

    # July 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I used W3TC for a few months. It got the job done nicely, but its garbage collection never performed correctly for me. Cache files were being regenerated inconsistently. A few months ago, there was a major upgrade that caused an uproar. The plugin author looks like he’s getting a better handle on it recently, but at that time I decided to switch to Quick Cache.

    I’m still with QC and I’m satisfied with it. It doesn’t have as many bells and whistles, but if you need a simple, set it and forget it script, that’s a good choice.

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