Have You Done The Best W3 Total Cache Settings To Speed Up Your Blog?
October 25th, 2014 | by Ravi Chahar || 52 Comments |
You may always read about increasing the speed of your website but do know any plugin to do it for you? Let me tell you that W3 Total Cache plugin increases the speed of your website and decreases page loading time.
There are many caching plugins and many web hosting companies are providing their own super cache. You know all have their own quality.
When bloggers think about using this plugin then the main problem is how to configure W3 Total Cache plugin? What is the best setting of w3 total cache? Beginners get confused with these questions.
With this post, I am going to tell you about installation and configuration of this caching plugin.
How to install W3 Total Cache?
First of all, you need to log in to your WordPress admin area. After that seeking for plugins in “add new” by typing “W3 Total Cache” and you will find this plugin at the first place.
You just need to click “install plugin” and then further after accepting the installation by clicking on “ok” you have to activate the plugin. If you face any problem in installation then you can know how to install a plugin?
How to configure W3 Total Cache properly?
After installing this plugin you have to open its settings by going to performance->general settings. A new window will open in front of you where you will see many settings including page cache, browser cache and more.
Many boxes will be there to do the best w3 total cache settings. You need to select and deselect the boxes based on the type of setting .
1). General :- It is recommended not to select this option because this is used when you want to select all the setting of this plugin. But all the settings are not worthy to enable for your blog. There is an another option using which you can check this plugin at your blog. You can see the preview after doing all the settings of this plugin.
2). Page Cache :- This setting helps you to decrease the response time of your website as written under the option. You must know that when someone to open any page of your website then WordPress analyze PHP scripts, MySQL queries and many other codes from the database.
It takes a lot of time for the server to provide the proper response. Enabling “page cache” your users will see a cached page shown by this plugin because it skips all the steps of the query and shows the cached page to your readers.
It will for sure decrease loading time of your website. Most of the bloggers use shared server so it’s good to select ” Disk:Enhanced” option under “Page cache method”.
3). Minify :- Many people get confused and don’t use this option in this plugin because it reduces the load time of your website by decreasing the size and number of files of CSS and JS automatically.
It removes unnecessary data from HTML, CSS feed, and posts to reduce the load time. You can enable this option only by selecting “auto” option in the “Minify Mode“.
If you face any problem with the appearance of your website or with the functioning of any other plugin then it is recommended not to use “Minify” setting.
Many bloggers have experienced that sometime after enabling this setting CSS doesn’t work fine. You may have the different position of the buttons you have at your website. So if you face such kind of problems then no need to enable this option.
4). Database Cache :- It helps you to reduce post, page and feed creation time. But one thing you must keep in your mind that if you are using any CDN then you must disable this option.
5). Object Cache :- This option is used for highly dynamic websites which have more posts near to thousands. It is expected that this option is suitable for the websites which have more than 500 posts. Sometime after enabling this option this plugin may create issues with your website. So it’s better to disable it.
By enabling “browser cache” W3 Total Cache” sets the time limit on Browser cache ensuring you better user experience. It reduces server load. It decreases response time when your visitor opens your website from their web browser. So it’s good to enable this option.
7). CDN :- This option can be enabled if you have already bought any CDN for your website otherwise keep it disabled.
8). Many other settings are under which are not worthy to enable. But in the last, you must keep an eye on the “Miscellaneous ” where you should enable only two options from all.
- Enable Google Page Speed dashboard widget
- Verify rewrite rules
Rest of the option shown should remain disable.
Lastly, you don’t need to enable “Debug Mode”. Just remember when you do settings for any particular cache option then don’t forget to save settings with them.
If you want to check whether W3 Total cache plugin is working or not then you can check it but seeing the source code of your website. You just need to do right click anywhere on your website and then click on “view page source” and a new tag will open where last lines will show you the working of this plugin as shown in the screenshot.
Are you ready to install W3 Total cache plugin at your website?
I hope after going through this post you have become well aware of the best W3 Total cache settings which can be used properly.
Bloggers should use this plugin to increasing the speed of their website. It may help you to reduce the loading time of your website. Above settings are used in general which works great. But still, if there is any problem then you can ask me.:)