When you hear the word CMS, everyone thinks about WordPress, a free and powerful content management system (CMS) available over the internet. WordPress’s unique web template system uses a template processor which helps to reduce the page loading time and improves user experience. Google, the master of Search engines, confirmed that the speed of a website is a major factor in search results; so a fast loading of website is good for an online business presence.
To improve the loading speed of a WordPress website there are a number of ways or tricks. Caching plugin is one of the big players. Caching is a process for creating a static HTML page of every landing page of website. This means users or visitors do not need to retrieve data from the database again and again. As a result the number of requests from the server is minimized and it also lowers CPU load which minimizes the risk of bottle-necking.
One can find a lot of caching solutions for their WordPress website – either paid or free. Here are some of the top WordPress caching plugins which is free to use:
WP Super Cache is one of the most popular caching solutions available for WordPress users with more than 6 million users. It offers three different types of options for speeding up the website loading time –
- mod_rewrite to deliver static pages
- Serve static pages using PHP Script
- Legacy caching mode
WP Super Cache settings area has seven different sections i.e. easy, advanced, CDN, contents, preload, plugins and debug.
Hyper Cache is one of most basic caching plugins which is specifically developed for the websites that do not have as many resources others have (for example – those ones who uses shared hosting). It has only one settings area i.e. divided into three separate pages, mentioned below:
General Tab, used to define the period of particular webpage cached and once can enable page compression. Bypasses Tab, used to specify the webpage to be excluded from caching. By which one can bypass user agents and comment author’s cookies. The last one is Mobile Tab that allows you to bypass the caching for mobile devices or use a separate cache. One can also change the theme which is shown to mobile visitors.
WP Rocket is new baby boy and quite effective. It was launched earlier this year and to use this plugin in you have to pay because downloading is not free.
W3 Total Cache is most configurable WordPress caching plugin which supports content delivery networks (CNDs), GZIP compression and minimisation. W3 Total Cache plugin settings area includes 16 separate pages which is divided into several other sections. So much configure options make it out of the BOX. To use this plugin, go to General Page and go to “Toggle and caching types” and click on “ON”.
This plugin is used because of its simplicity with a small settings page that includes three tabs. The first one is displays settings, the second tab allows deleting cache and minified files and the last tab allows defining the rate at which cached files will be deleted.
Quick Cache is a featured caching plugin which supports caching of RSS feeds, 404 error pages, gets requests, browser caching and GZIP compression.
It helps beginners with displaying a long and detailed explanation of each feature and what it can and cannot do, which is the great addition to the plugin as most caching solutions i.e. you must know that what each feature will or will not do.
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