W3 Total Cache Vs WP Super Cache: Best Caching Plugin for 2018?

There are more than a thousand times I abandoned a site because of its slow loading times.  I know you must have encountered this situation already. EVERYONE hates slow loading sites.

Did you know that installing a caching plugin helps you increase your site speed? Yes, it’s so true.

That’s why I came up with this comparison post between WP super cache Vs W3 total cache. Both are legendary caching plugins designed to improve the speed of any WordPress website.

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 in 2018.

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.

  1. W3 Total Cache
  2. 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. 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.

Are you ready to know the best caching plugin for 2018 between W3 Total Cache Vs WP Super Cache? Let’s get started!

The battle between WP super cache Vs W3 Total Cache plugins

W3 Total Cache vs WP Super Cache comparison

First things first. We will talk about few basic things so you will know better about what caching plugins are all about. Then, we’ll discuss about the WP super cache Vs W3 total cache plugins.

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, minify 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.

How to choose the best WordPress caching plugin?

Yes, there are so many caching plugins out there such as WP super cache Vs W3 total cache, WP fastest cache etc. Here are three most important factors to consider while picking a caching plugin to speed up your WordPress sites.

  1. Price: Most WordPress users are concerned about this factor. If there’s a plugin that costs nothing but gives exceptional value, then go for it.
  2. Usability: Is is easy to use? Is is just installing and activating the plugin and it will take care of the rest? If so, go for such as easy to use plugin as it saves your time and gives you less headaches.
  3. Speed: Does installing a caching plugin can boost your site speed and optimize your overall page loading times? Then, go for it without thinking for any other plugin or tool.

W3 Total Cache Plugin: Why Use It?

W3 Total Cache usage

W3 total cache is one of the widely used caching plugins across the WordPress blogging world. With over 1 million active downloads, this is the top rated (4.3 out of 5 stars) plugin.

This plugin improves your speed by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.

Pros of W3 Total Cache Plugin:

  • Browser caching is done.
  • Page and object caching is done.
  • You can easily minify your databases.
  • It will also support a CDN (if you are using one).
  • Up to 80% bandwidth savings via minify and HTTP compression of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and feeds
  • It dramatically improves your overall page speed.

Cons of W3 Total Cache Plugin:

  • Making perfect settings using this plugin usually takes time. If you are wondering how to get the most out of this plugin, make sure to read this first.
  • Unless and until you use a CDN, you can’t see much difference in your website speed. So install one to get more benefits.

Click here to download this plugin

WP Super Cache Plugin: Why Should You Consider It?

WP Super Cache usage

Even this caching plugin has over 1 million active installations on WordPress. There are many users who use this plugin to speed up their sites. This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog.

If your site is hosted on a really less bandwidth or underpowered, I highly recommend you to use this plugin as this servers better to quickly load static files.

Pros of WP Super Cache Plugin:

  • This plugin offers legacy caching. Means, loads your web pages faster even for those visitors who are not logged into your sites.
  • All the cached statis files are served by PHP which improves your loading times.
  • Automatically compress pages.
  • Also supports CDN network.

Cons of WP Super Cache Plugin:

  • Again, there are a lot of settings you need to go through if you want to fully use the functionalities of this plugin. Go through this guide to get better results.

Click here to download this plugin

So what have you decided to install between the two plugins from this comparison post of W3 total cache Vs WP super cache?

CDN: A must have thing for YOU

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.

As you know we moved to WPX Hosting from Hostgator couple of years back. You can learn more in detail about why we moved from Hostgator to WPX here. With WPX Hosting, I’m getting lots of quality add ons like MAXCDN, https migration etc for free. SO I don’t need to purchase a CDN for my blog separately.

You can now install CloudFlare CDN on BlueHost web hosting as well for free. 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.

Final thoughts about W3 Total Cache Vs WP Super Cache

A website speed is what makes or breaks your blogging success. We all want to speed up ourWordPress websites. After all, we are now living in generation where everything needs to get done faster. We all want websites that load blazing fast.

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 in 2018.

As far as I’m concerned, I found W3 Total Cache is better in the W3 Total Cache Vs WP Super Cache comparison (as I’ve personally used and tested both these plugins).

What do you think about the best caching plugin for 2018? Is it W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache? Please share your experiences about both in the comments.

28 Comments

  1. 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…

  2. Amit Shaw says:

    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.
    Thanks.

  3. Lang Elliott says:

    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.

  4. Sau Hi says:

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

  5. KRISHNAN says:

    Thanks Anil for giving your view on cache plugins. i am planning to choose W3TC but looking some reviews however, i got it from your end.

  6. lissa says:

    Thanks for sharing the information about The Cache Plugins.

  7. Andy Lai says:

    I would recommend WP Super Cache for those that are doing multisite like the website I am doing now since I tried WP Super Cache and the W3 Total cache feature and I found that the Super Cache is 3 times faster on my site and got a better customer satisfaction than W3. This is from my opinion. I wish there is more information on how both of them are working for various sites. Thanks for the review anyway.

  8. Akash Jayant says:

    W3 Total Cache is a best plugin.

  9. Abhishek says:

    I would say W3 Total Cache is the best plugin among the two. I am also using this for my own website and it works incredibly.

  10. Ratan says:

    I use WP Rocket. It perform very well. Now, I am going to using Cloudflare with a caching plugin. Which one will be best with cloudflare.

  11. Personally I use Both Plugins and Didn’t Any difference between both of them However w3tc gives additional options/Extension for Genesis Framework, Feedburner & Cdn.

  12. My according W3 Total Cache batter than WP Super Cache. Because W3 Total Cache plugin provide more funtion for blog caching. Its very easy setup.

    Thanks for explain about cache plugins !

  13. I am still on a fight to choose the best one. I am using wp rocket at the moment. But still confused as my choice is better or not. Since I had to do other things manually.

    But I think now I should give a try to w3 total cache.
    Thanks buddy.

  14. Mohamed Hanif says:

    I use W3 Total Cache and it really works good and made my job easy with good speed, Still there are so many plugins in market which brings JET Speed to your website but they are not affordable like the mentioned plugin. Likewise when compared to Cloudflare CDN Plugin I will recommend MAXcdN. Anyway Nail your brain too much of plugin installations are like a slow poison. All fruits are not fresh in the market.

  15. Hi Anil

    Thanks for this amazing compression post of w3tc and wp super cache.

    I am using w3tc and I am satisfied with this great plugin because this plugin gives more option besides another plugin.

    I recommend all of you try w3tc once.

    Thanks Again
    Sharjeel

  16. Mohamed says:

    Hi Everyone,
    I am using CloudFlare cdn and I don’t see it the option in
    w3 set-up (Under general setting – CDN). Can anyone help out in this case?

    Thanks and really appreciate your help.

  17. I have been using WP Super Cache. My site speed is at around 7 seconds which is rather slow. Let me try W3 Total cache and compare the results under the same conditions. If it improves the speed, then I shall be using it. Many thanks for the recommendation.

  18. Mani Zunis says:

    Hi

    I am using Total cache on my wordpress blog and i want to shift to super cache plugin.
    Is it safe to do this? Safe for Rankings?

    Thanks
    Mani

  19. I feel that both of these plugins have strengths but are a little complex if one has to achieve their best configuration. I’d used WTC in the past but found it tough to manage its settings. However, you’ve tried to decipher it at a great extent. Thanks for putting the real-time facts of these plugins in such a precise manner.

  20. David says:

    Using load balancing and testing frameworks throwing 15K users, 25K users, and 50K users per minute at my site, I tried both plugins. WP Super Cache outperformed W3TC by at least 25%. This was without a CDN, but both plugins allow for CDN support.

  21. Hagel-IT says:

    We are using W3 Total Cache. But we have problems with the response time. So might try Super Cache or Cachify soon. Thanks for the article.

  22. I am using WP rocket on my site , should I replace with W3 Total Cache?

  23. Srinivas says:

    I use WP fastest Cache and it worked for me while comparing above with Pingdom tools.

  24. Baldwin Jackson says:

    Excellent write-up. Every newbie developer get confused between W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache because both the resources initially works fine and comparing these plugins help them to choose the right one. I have been using W3 Total Cache plugin for quite long time until I have read an article comparing few cache plugin performance on Default WordPress website and I was amaze to see that Breeze Cache Plugin loads site under 500ms. As a developer you always survive for resources which provide better User Experiences so I decide to give a try. Indeed the experiment was successful and I moved from W3 Total to Breeze. I would personally recommend you to give a try as well. Anyways thanks for investing your time. Cheers.

  25. angel anna says:

    hi admin I,m already use WP Super Cache and it is very good working Plugin For 2018?

  26. Ankit says:

    Hi.. Currently im using w3 total cache and it works very good for me.

  27. Manoj says:

    Great tutorial. W3 Total Cache is my favorite plugin for optimization. Recently, I am facing slow speed issue on one of my blogs. I will follow your guidance to optimize and improve the page speed.

    Thank you,

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