Have you ever left the page which took quite a time to load? Don’t mind , everyone does this. And if you are a blogger nobody can understand this fact more than you.
Make your users suffer a few seconds and they will left your blog the very next moment.
Apart from this theory , page loading time and speed also plays a very important role in the search engine ranking. So its very important to optimize your site and enhance your website performance.Well here comes the term – Cache Plugins.
There are many ways by which you can optimize and increase your site performance which includes – choosing the best WordPress hosting for your site , using a CDN service and many more. But the very best step toward your this mission is using cache plugin.
Before we shine light on the best WordPress plugins for your WordPress , lets understand the basic concept behind the word – Cache.
What Is Caching ?
In computing language , cache is a place to store temporary and recently used data. When it comes to website caching , it means that the website data such as pages , images , and other web objects will be stored in the user’s local drive. And when the user try to browse these file again , the browser will access the stored cache data instead of retrieving the fresh information every time.
How Cache Plugins Works ?
Basically what happen , every time a user visit your website , he needs to request a load of information from your server and WordPress data base. And all this process lead to the total page loading time/speed.
Cache Plugins solve this issue by creating static versions of your content and delivered it to your users instantly. That means when a request is made by an user , the browser instead of loading the fresh data from the server and WordPress data base , serves the cached data to the user.
As the browser doesn’t have to retrieve the fresh information from the website database , it will load the respective page faster.
Best WordPress Cache Plugins
WP Super Cache is one of the most popular and most downloaded plugin of all times. The plugin configuration is very easy and less techy. All you need to do is enable the caching by going through the easy tab and you are done from your side. The rest of all will be handled by the WP Super Cache now.
WP Super Cache also support Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) in order to provide extra aid to your website performance. You can also export your customized setting to your other sites easily. It also provide caching for visitors using a mobile device.
W3 Total Cache is one of the best and second most downloaded cache plugin. W3 Total Cache is a advanced cache plugin which works beyond the border and provide advance options for caching. Its setting and configuration area consists of 16 pages….yeah you read it right 16 pages. Hence , if configured correctly W3 Total Cache can make your website fly.
WP Rocket is one of the best caching solution when it comes to premium plugins It’s lazy image loading feature sets it apart from the other popular caching solutions. Let me tell you , what this feature does is- it make the images loads on your page only when the user scrolls down the page.
Moreover there is no need to worry about the complicate configuration settings as the plugins will function correctly right after the activation. Just activate it and let the magic happen !
WP Fastest Cache is “ the simplest and fastest cache plugin” , at least, according to their developers . It’s working is same as the WP Super Cache plugin. It creates static HTML files and saves it in the cache.You can also block cache for specific page and post by using short codes. Please note that it doesn’t support CDNs.
Hyper Cache is also a popular plugin with 70k installs.Hyper Cache is a simple and easy to configure cache system for wordpress. The plus one advantage of Hyper Cache is , it works on window hosting too.
It is a good choice if you have average traffic and you are not comfortable with the high level configuration of advance cache plugins , as it is the least configurable cache plugin.
If you are a novice and looking for a simple yet effective plugin WP Super Cache is best for you. You don’t have to mess with the configuration setting , just activate it and there you go.
If you are one of those techy ones and comfortable with the advance configuration , W3 Total Cache can give you the whole control over caching mechanism. But you are advised to don’t mess with the advance setting until and unless you don’t have the appropriate knowledge otherwise this may have an adverse effect on your site.
And if you don’t mind to spend a few bucks , probably WP Rocket is the best alternative for you.
Which is your favourite caching plugin and why? Let us know in the comments section below.
After all , the more we talk – the more we learn.