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:
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:
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.