What is Caching and which WordPress Cache plugin is best?

What is Caching and which WordPress Cache plugin is best?

Hey y’all welcome to another WordPress
Wednesday! My name is Kori Ashton. Today we are talking all about
cache “caching.” So if your ever wondering- you know you hear people talk about it
and you wonder, “what does it even do?” Let me just quickly explain what caching
is. Basically, it’s short term memory on your
computer. So, if somebody comes to your website and
let’s say you’ve got a lot of images. Basically, what a caching plug-in will
do for your WordPress website is allow some of those files to stay on
the memory of the persons computer. So that as they visit your website (or as those same files might be rendering through different pages or as they come
back to visit your website) those items will load much more quickly
because they’re saved on to temporary memory on the persons computer. That’s called caching. That’s one way that you can help speed up
your website’s performance. Allowing your website pages to load more
quickly. However, you can definitely run into a
lot of headaches trying to figure out exactly what it is,
and how to do it and which plug-ins to use. So we had a question sent in on our
YouTube channel here from Jason. I wanted to just briefly walk you through
two plug-ins that he asked me to compare and a little bit about my advice for using
a caching plug-in. Before I do that, I definitely want to
give a shout out to WP Engine who’s phenomenal at WordPress hosting-and I’ll talk a little
bit more about them in a minute. WP Elevation-if you’re an entrepreneur
using WordPress please checkout their blog.
They’ve got incredible resources for you
that you don’t want to be missing out on. All for free. Get over there. Start reading. Troy has some really great paid options
too. So be sure to check those out. WP 101- if you love WordPress video
tutorials you’ve got to check them out. They’ve got
some incredible high quality tutorials that will help you make your website incredibly amazing. Alright, that being said, Jason asked me
to compare this plug-in. W3 Total Cache vs WP Super Cache. So these are free plug-ins that you
can use in your WordPress theme. You would plug it in (just like you would
another plug-in.) Of course, this is only if your on the
self hosted version, right? If you’re on the .com version you’re not going to be able to implement
these. If you’re on the self hosted version of
WordPress you will be able to add these to your WordPress install. However, (fine
print right here) connect with your hosting company first. That’s first step-connect with your
hosting company. If you’re hosting with a company
(a premium company) like WP Engine (which is who we host with,) they already
have a caching system set in place to allow your website to load much more
quickly. So you don’t even have to tinker with
this, mess around with it, go through the headache of trying to
figure out how to configure any of these plug-ins. They’re going to do it for you-already
have that set in place. But, if you’re hosting company says” no
we don’t have any sort of a caching system in place, they might actually tell you “we suggest
you use W3 Total Cache” or “we suggest you use Super Cache.” Because these effect directly with your
server. So, that being said you’ll want to kind of
just read down through here. You’re going to want to compare WP Total Cache has 4.3 stars as of today
out of 5. WP Super Cache has 4.2. So, very comparable. They both have over a million installs which is incredible. So, these two are
the highest in the industry. So, really I can’t tell you which one’s
better/ which one’s worse. They both have kind of their own
capabilities. I would again though suggest you connect
with your hosting company. Ask them which one they prefer you use. Maybe plug one in and see how your website
performs. If you’re wondering kind of just on the
top of your head; “Well how’s my website performing
in general?” You can go over to Google and do a search
for “page insights.” PageSpeed Insights- it’s a free developers
tool on Google for you to use. All you do is drop in the URL of your
website. So, WebTegrity.com. Do a quick search to see what your grading
would be. It’s going to give you a quick analysis
of the load time of your website. It gives you a quick analysis of the user
experience as well as the desktop experience, mobile vs desktop, and down here at the bottom they’re going
to give user experience. So, really important that you’re getting
green here; that you’re getting really good reviews-a
good grade. If you get a bad grade, unfortunately,
if you get something that’s red here (and you want to open this up) it’ll give
you ideas of how to improve your load time and basically optimize
your whole website. Outstanding free resource for you to be
using today. I’ll put the link to this in the
description box below. Just copy and paste your domain name
inside there and get a quick report on what your website’s doing and how you can improve it. I hope this helps you. If you have
questions about this process please put them in the description box below because every week we’re doing a video just like
this to help you improve your WordPress website. Look forward to seeing you next week! Bye y’all!

13 thoughts on “What is Caching and which WordPress Cache plugin is best?”

  1. there is a better combination than the two presented plugins: autoptimize and wp-ffpc. Note that i used the plugins from the video and they are complicated, slow, buggy and poorly maintained.

  2. I've been using a different plugin for over a month and so far I've gotten good results. It's called WP Fastest Cache. Have you tried that one?

  3. Hi kori

    Great video for the non nerd folks and thank you sharing Google tool! Fantastic!
    May I suggest a future video that walk us through the results of the speed tool test.


  4. It is known to us that if the loading speed of site is low , search engines do not evaluate the site fully and perfectly .
    This is why the significance of the cache plugins is high . Details about these plugins have been narrated here .. Thank you for doing such effort.

  5. Hey Kori! This subject came up last night at local wordrpess meetup. thanks for reminder about checking with provider..FYI (i am still new) but many who were more experienced seemed to say they had MANY problems with W3 TOTAL cache. however many said wpsupercahce was ok. Hope this helps someone!

  6. I really think you should try WP Comet and or WP Rocket they are much easier to use and do a better job WP Comet is Free and WP Rocket is kinda pricey however it is the best

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