Who else wants to speed up their WordPress websites? Almost everyone does, right? After all, we are now living in generation where everything needs to get done faster. We all want websites that load blazing fast.
The great thing about fast loading websites is that you will get additional benefits from search engines like Google as it tends to give better results to the sites that load faster. Moreover you can give a better experience to your blog visitors by making your site loading time faster.
Though there are a lot of ways to increase the speed of a website, caching is one of the most effective ways to speed up your website loading time. By minifying your cache’s, you can quickly load your web pages and it’s only possible by caching your pages. For that, you need to install a cache plugin that helps you decrease the server load of your websites.
What is a cache plugin?
A plugin that is used to clear all the cache files by decreasing your website server load and increasing your page performance is called a cache plugin. There are several cache plugins available for WordPress users. But there are only two of the caching plugins that are widely used by WordPress users.
- W3 Total Cache
- WP Super Cache
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. But before going into the comparison between W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache, I would like to discuss few important things with you.
Why you need a cache plugin?
If you want to speed up your WordPress websites, use a cache plugin. WordPress sites are generally slow loading websites, you have to often clean up pages, minifty your server loading times to make your site loading times better. By using a cache plugin, it can be done automatically, you just have to clear cache (by clicking a button) when you update a plugin or settings.
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 and here’s the performance of the plugin.
Bloggers Passion Performance with WP Super Cache Plugin
Here is a screenshot that I took from my GWT account when I had WPSC plugin installed:
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
After some time I went to 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:
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.
So as far as the performance is concerned, W3 total cache plugin wins the race over WP super cache. If your site is loading too slow and you want to make it a better performance, try installing W3 total cache plugin on your blog and you will definitely notice the performance change of your website speed.
How to install W3 total cache?
Go to your plugins page >> Add new >> search for W3 total cache >> Install Now And activate it. That’s it!
CloudFlare CDN on Bloggers Passion
Installing a CDN (Content Delivery Network) is another simple way of making your site super fast. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on using a CDN for your WP websites, you can use a free version of CloudFlare CDN plugin.
What a CDN does on your websites is, it places all your static files on different servers (all over the world) instead of using a single server. That way your site visitors will see a fast loading website that quickly loads up its web pages because they are stored in multiple servers across the globe. It will not only speeds up your site, but it also boosts your site performance. So I strongly suggest you to install a CDN if your site loads really slow.
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. W3 total cache plugin supports CloudFlare CDN so what I suggest you is to use them both on your WordPress sites to make your web pages loading time better.
In a nutshell: A website speed is what makes or breaks your online business. Don’t make your visitors yawn while opening your web pages, they will instantly leave your sites if you do so. The faster your site is the better rewards you will get both from readers and search engines. By using a caching plugin like W3 total cache, you will be able to boost your site performance to a great extent.
If you are confused about choosing a plugin between W3 total cache and WP super cache, I would advice you to use W3 total cache as its performance is better than WP super cache. Again, try it for yourself, install both of these plugins on your WP sites to see which is really working for you and giving a better performance.
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.