W3 Total Cache Vs WP Super Cache: Best Caching Plugin?

by Anil Agarwal

BlueHost WordPress Hosting

W3 Total Cache (W3TC) and WP Super Cache (WPSC) are the two best caching plugin for WordPress blogs. But which is the better plugin if it’s W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache? I will try to help you choose the best caching plugin for your WordPress blog. I have been using WPSC on my WordPress blogs for years and most of time satisfied with its performance. But recently I heard about W3TC plugin and I decided to give a try to this plugin. W3TC looks to be doing much better job for me when compared with WPSC.

If you don’t know much about WP Super Cache plugin, it’s a caching plugin which will convert dynamic pages from your WordPress blogs into static HTML files. You can know more in detail about WP Super Cache plugin and its installation from here. But it lacks lots of features which are available in W3TC. Some of additional features you will get with W3TC cache plugin are page caching, minify, database cache, object cache, browser cache and CDN support etc. You can know more in detail about W3 Total Cache plugin features and step by step process that you need to follow to install this caching plugin perfectly on your WordPress blog.

W3 Total Cache Vs WP Super Cache: Performance Test

I was using WP Super Cache plugin on BloggersPassion.com for more than a year. I was tracking the performance of this blog through my Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) account. I switched to W3 Total Cache plugin on 15th July 2012.

Bloggers Passion Performance with WP Super Cache Plugin

Here is a screenshot that I took from my GWT account on 14th July 2012 when I had WPSC plugin installed:

Bloggers Passion Recent Performance with WP Super Cache Plugin

It’s showing average load time is 7.3 seconds and Bloggers Passion is slower than 87% of websites on internet performance wise.

Bloggers Passion Performance with W3 Total Cache Plugin

On 24th July I went into my GWT account to see how my blog is doing speed wise when I have WPSC deleted and W3TC plugin installed. Here is a screenshot showing what I see in Site Performance Section:

Bloggers Passion Improved Performance with W3 Total Cache plugin

You see it right, my blog average load time has improved from 7.3 seconds to 3.4 seconds and my blog is slower than 57% of websites.

With W3 Total Cache, things look to be improved on Bloggers passion performance wise. I also noticed the similar kind of improvements when I used other website speed testing tools that are available on internet.

CloudFlare CDN on Bloggers Passion

Soon I will be installing CloudFlare CDN on Bloggers Passion blog. CloudFlare is a free CDN and it can be installed with few clicks from your Hostgator web hosting account as it is coming as a built in feature from your Hostgator Cpanel. I will soon be creating a special post to help you install CloudFlare CDN on your WordPress blogs if you are using Hostgator web hosting.

You can now install CloudFlare CDN on BlueHost web hosting as well. BlueHost recently partnered with CloudFlare for free integration and support of CloudFlare CDN for its customers.

As far as I’m concerned, I found W3 Total Cache being the winner in the W3 Total Cache Vs WP Super Cache, being the best caching plugin war. What you think is the best caching plugin, if it’s W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache? Please share your experiences about both in the comments section.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Harsh Agrawal

Anil instead of using Cloudflare, I recommend you to use MAXCDn.. They are running a promo for august and giving 1TB for free which is good enough for any average blog for an year,….
And it’s easy to setup..!!
Cloudflare is good too but comes with many issues..specially when your security module is installed…many visitors from India will get captcha challenge to access a site running with cloudflare…


Amit Shaw

Yeah Agree with your Verdict Anil. W3 Cache is really superb option to speed up our site.
I have removed this from my blog due to problem but soon i will install it after changing my theme.
As Harsh said MaxCdn, I have registered it too, waiting to change the theme then i will install W3TC and MaxCdn.


Lang Elliott

I am on Bluehost and I’m getting ready to take advantage of their built-in cPanel option to hook into Cloudflare.

I was also planning to activate W3 Total Cache, but is it really necessary if I’ve already hooked into Cloudflare via Bluehost? Also, I presume there would be lots off problems if I did both together, activating the Bluehost/Cloudflare option via Bluehost’s cPanel, and also specifying Cloudflare as a CDN through W3 Total Cache.

I’m not even sure if Bluehost will give me Cloudflare account information when they hook me up. Thus, if I tried using Cloudflare as a CDN through W3 Total Cache, I would probably point to a different Cloudflare account.

This issue is confusing, for sure. Bluehost thinks I should try their cPanel Cloudflare option and not hook into Clouflare via W3 Total Cache.


Sau Hi

I’m using WP Super Cache and I like it.


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