Reviewing the Top WordPress Caching Plugins for 2016
When it comes to running your own website, speed is everything. If your site isn’t fast enough, people will simply move on and use a different business. Statistics show that visitors simply don’t return to sites which load slowly or lag. Speed even affects search engine rankings too; Google will now give pride of place in its search results to the fastest sites, leaving the slow ones behind. Therefore, if you want to keep up with your rivals and stay competitive, you need to maximize your site’s speed. To do this, you need to make use of caching plugins.
Essentially, caching works to improve the speed of your site by keeping frequently-requested items and data in an easily accessible storage bank. This way, when people want to access this data, it will arrive much more quickly on their screens. This means that your site will load more quickly and your users will have a better overall experience.
No matter how many visitors you get or how big your site is, you can certainly benefit from caching. That’s why today we’ll be going through some of the most popular caching apps on the WordPress platform and helping you choose the right one to suit your site.
This is easily one of the best caching plugins available for your WordPress site. It’s not the cheapest one on the list, costing at least $39, but you do get value for money with WP Rocket. This plugin is simple to install and will provide very effective caching for your site. It’s especially well-suited to novice users or people who simply don’t have the time to worry about configuring and maintaining countless options.
It uses minification to make your various files smaller and also features helpful options like “Lazy Loading” which makes pages load as your visitors scroll down. All of this helps to provide great results with minimal effort on your part. There’s also some reliable tech support on offer in case you encounter any problems.
This plugin is also well-suited to users who don’t have the technical knowledge or time to dedicate to learning a complicated system. ZenCache also offers the great advantage of being free. You’ll have to pay $39 for the more advanced version, known as the pro version, but the basic version should be enough for basic sites. One of the big differences between the pro and basic versions is that the former offers caching for both members and new visitors of your site, while the basic variant only provides caching for visitors.
If you want to offer the best experience to everyone, you’ll therefore need the pro version. No matter which version you choose, you’ll be getting a simple and easy-to-understand plugin. More advanced users might find ZenCache a little lacking in features and options, however.
W3 Total Cache
This plugin is free (although a pro version is on offer for $99 with more features) and provides excellent caching and all of the options you could possibly hope for. This makes it a very attractive option for most site owners, but there is a catch. W3 Total Cache is designed with more advanced users in mind, so it might be a bit overwhelming for novice site owners. If you do know what you’re doing, this is a great plugin for you.
It features lots of customization and very effective caching for even the biggest of sites. This plugin can offer huge speed boosts for your site, which will certainly help when it comes to gaining customers and making sales.
WP Super Cache
If you want a plugin that is totally free and doesn’t hide any features or efficiency behind paid barriers, WP Super Cache is a great option. This plugin is easy to use and install. It has less options than the more complex offerings on our list today, but it’s the most popular cache plugin currently used by the WordPress community.
It works using clever technology that makes use of static files for new visitors and legacy caching for old members. This means that the site will run especially well for your most loyal customers.
A recent addition to the cache plugin library, Cache Enabler is gaining popularity with WordPress users for its effectiveness and reliability. It functions in a very simple way by converting dynamic systems into static files. This way, data and content can simply be stored on your local server for easy and rapid access.
The plugin also clears the cache automatically at regular intervals, so you won’t have to worry about doing maintenance yourself. If you need a lightweight plugin that’s free and easy-to-use, it might be worth giving Cache Enabler a try. That said, this is quite a new plugin so it might be worth waiting to see how well it performs over time.