Best WordPress Cache Plugins 2013
What is caching: Each time a visitor access your blog, the Wordpress script would have to go through a process of gathering up every single thing you see on the blog page. The long process would include the PHP code making number of calls to the database to fetch information and tables. This process could happen 10 – 400 times when each page is loaded. This slowness can be reduced by using a feature called “caching”.
Once caching on the server is enabled, only the first visitor accessing your blog page would have to go through the lengthy process and the caching system would store the results in a cache and serve the same for the subsequent users. The method speeds up your blog to about 50 – 200 percentage than normal processing.
I have tried and tested almost all the new and old caching plugins available for use on the wordpress system and have listed the plugins based on their effectiveness on caching. This could help you choose the best caching plugin for your blog and speed up your visitor’s browsing experience.
WP Super Cache (Download Link)
WP Supercache is a very effective plugin and is a modification of the WP cache plugin. It is very much appreciated on the web but is not as simple as WP cache and has huge number of options that needs to be carefully handled.
Hyper Cache (Download Link)
Hyper cache is the plugin of the era. The plugin is regularly updated and its often called as the common man’s cache plugins. This could be effective for shared hosting webmasters and also above average traffic websites. The configuration settings are simple and the working of the plugin is also excellent.
W3 Total Cache (Download Link)
This is one of my favorite caching plugin – Its huge and sexy. Its well documented, easy to setup and configure. This plugin has a huge arsenal of options and would give you excellent performance as well. This plugin does it all – DB caching, page caching etc. I strongly suggest using this one for any webmaster.
Now, Whats should be my choice?
[highlight color=”yellow”]My recommendation from the above list would be Super Cache. Based on my experience testing out and using all the above plugins, I personally recommend using this free cache plugin that does it job very well.[/highlight]
If you search online, you will find from several blogs recommending different cache plugins. Most of them would recommend W3 Total Cache as the best cache plugin. Well, I would want to clear this up – W3 Cache Plugin is undoubtedly one of the best cache plugins addressing almost all aspects of caching but its more of a Cache framework than a plugin. Many of the options might not be even applicable to shared or VPS severs, so its better to consider using a less complex cache plugin for your average or above average blog.