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  1. 465-Media.com
    465-Media.com January 14, 2015 at 14:19 | | Reply

    I was having site load time issues on a few of the sites I manage and never have been a fan of any caching plugin for a variety of reasons. Last night I came across a post about wp-rocket and went and purchased a personal license to try it out. Within 3 minutes of installing, the site went from load times of about ~13 seconds to under 2! I then upgrade to unlimited license and installing on all 30+ sites I manage, clients are going to be happy.

    Easy interface, most of all if I am having an issue with a script on a specific page, all I have to do is copy and past the URL into the admin section and it does the rest, I dont have to chase down the script myself, very easy.

    Well worth the premium price, without question.

  2. darrylschmidt
    darrylschmidt January 14, 2015 at 19:37 | | Reply

    I host most of my stuff on SiteGround and use their caching plugin (which is awesome) but for sites that I host elsewhere, I use Hyper Cache Extended, which is super simple to set up for those of us that want the quick and easy route

  3. Kamran Abdul Aziz
    Kamran Abdul Aziz January 15, 2015 at 14:52 | | Reply

    I prefer WP-Rocket even though it comes at a Price.
    But its still a lot simpler than most of the other Cache plugins.

  4. Tracey
    Tracey January 15, 2015 at 18:47 | | Reply

    This is a really useful article, thanks for taking the time. I have always used W3 Total Cache but have heard a few tales of plugin conflicts. I will definitely look at WP Rocket.

  5. Peter
    Peter January 16, 2015 at 09:57 | | Reply

    Thanks for your article!

    I’m using plugin “WP Optimize By xTraffic” to optimize my site. This also good plugin you should try for your WordPress site https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-optimize-by-xtraffic/ 🙂

  6. Eric
    Eric January 16, 2015 at 22:05 | | Reply

    WP Rocket has a price, but it is so simple to set up that I use on every wordpress website I have to build !

  7. standardplumbing
    standardplumbing January 16, 2015 at 23:56 | | Reply

    WP Rocket works really well, using it with Varnish on two WooCommerce stores.

    1. Kelly
      Kelly May 15, 2015 at 16:00 | | Reply

      Hi, what does Varnish do in combination with WP Rocket? I have a Woocommerce shop and like to install WP Rocket, but am a bit scared since I am not that technical (only know CSS) :). Thanks!

  8. AnimeGale
    AnimeGale January 26, 2015 at 16:22 | | Reply

    I’ve been using W3 Total Cache for the last year, however, never noticed too large of an increase in speed of my website(s). I am interested in WP Rocket, however, and have heard good things about it.

    Do you know if it works with Cloudflare? The reason I’ve been using W3 Total Cache for so long is due to its Cloudflare support.

    Thanks for your time.


    1. 465-Media.com
      465-Media.com January 26, 2015 at 16:29 | | Reply

      Yes it works with Cloudflare, all my sites I manage use CloudFlare and now WP-Rocket. Some sites now get sub 1 second load time with the combo. http://wp-rocket.me/faq/

  9. fahadrafiqgt
    fahadrafiqgt May 7, 2015 at 12:41 | | Reply

    You can tweak your website in more than hundred ways to make it load faster, however installing a cache plugin is the most effective way to reduce your loading time. Cloudways have listed 5 of the best WP Cache Plugins here: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/best-wordpress-caching-plugins/.
    These are listed:
    W3 Total Cache by Frederick Townes
    WP Super Cache by Donncha O Caoimh and Automattic
    WP Fastest Cache by EmreVona
    ZenCache by WebSharks, JasWSInc, and RaamDev
    WP Rocket by Jean-Baptiste Marchand-Arvier, Jonathan Buttigieg, and Julio Potier

  10. Jared Web
    Jared Web May 24, 2015 at 23:38 | | Reply

    Mark! Awesome! Maybe in a future post you could do a speed case study? Where you take one of your own pages or a test page and try the various caching solutions and show us the results! That would be awesome! Do you think if I tried that myself, would deleting and uninstalling each plugin leave any “residual” settings that could impact each plugin’s performance? Thank you! And great article

  11. Felix B
    Felix B June 7, 2015 at 22:28 | | Reply

    Superb Article…Really a Nice Read 🙂 I am a speedup guy myself on Fiverr 😉
    I made a list of plugins which as a combination can improve the loading time a lot.
    It is based on my experience on 54 client websites which came for speedup to me.
    Please Checkout: http://www.99blogger.com/top-10-wordpress-plugins-to-speed-up-your-website/
    Thanks again Mark for the Article 🙂

  12. blindpet
    blindpet July 8, 2015 at 18:44 | | Reply

    I just wanted to warn people, caching is a complex concept and be careful being seduced by the wp-rocket ‘one click hype’. I had various issues with minification which they initially solved. However, with an update to their own plugin 2 months after I bought it, images stopped loading in certain browsers.

    I had a lot of back and forth with wp-rocket support (mind you they are not native English speakers) and there was so much miscommunication it was staggering. They did not troubleshoot my issue thoroughly and I wasted many hours on emails getting nowhere. I requested a refund. Their policy is that after 30 days refunds aren’t possible so I ended up disputing with PayPal to refund 10 months worth of wp-rocket’s value. I am waiting for PayPal to decide.

    I was using W3 total cache before and have switched back after removing wp-rocket. W3 total cache is definitely faster than wp-rocket and more customizable so ultimately more powerful since you can specify whether to use memcache, object cache, disk etc.

  13. taliah
    taliah August 27, 2015 at 11:15 | | Reply


    In addition to the above, I would like to recommend another great plugin, called WP Superformance (one of the newer plugins), as an alternative – especially to those looking for a solution without the hassle, learning curve, or unnecessary configs. This plugin weighs less than 50KB and does its job better than most. It also handles a myriad of performance tasks – which one would generally need 15 plugins for. Has a load of features, such as lazyloading, HTML, CSS, JS minification, hotlink protection, browser caching, etc. This one is well-worth a try. http://wp-superformance.com/

  14. Dan
    Dan October 16, 2015 at 20:05 | | Reply

    I use WP Rocket for all my sites, I find it very easy to set up and worth the price you pay. I highly recommend it.

  15. razvanstanga
    razvanstanga December 9, 2015 at 01:01 | | Reply

    You should try my WP plugin for Varnish integration

  16. Chuck
    Chuck March 22, 2016 at 09:58 | | Reply

    There is a new cache in town that will be quickly climbing to the top of the pile. Litespeed has recently released a WordPress Cache Plugin that offers staggering performance. We did a quick comparison of this new cache and WP Super Cache and Litespeeds new WordPress Cache doubles the performance of WP Super Cache.

    You can see the comparison here:

    @Mark Zahara

    If you are interested in testing this plugin just let us know on our main site.

  17. Iwan Setiawan
    Iwan Setiawan May 22, 2016 at 21:01 | | Reply

    Mark Thank you for your review

  18. Weeb
    Weeb May 24, 2016 at 22:46 | | Reply

    I’ve been trying (quite hard) to get my website under a 1 second load, but it’s difficult. It was originally 6 seconds+, which is fairly bad. I got it down to 4 seconds with WP Total Cache, however, using WP-Rocket with Cloudflare has gotten it down to about 1.4-2 seconds.

    Is there anything further I could do to push it down a half second? I’ve seen other websites with the same theme as me with their website loading faster.

    I have a dedicated server for the website – and it’s fairly strong. Is it just a case of having the server in a bad part of the world? The Netherlands, that is.

  19. Steve Sims
    Steve Sims December 2, 2016 at 05:51 | | Reply

    I use WP Super Cache and it seems to work well…But I wasn’t aware of W3 Total cache until I read your article (thank you) so I’m going to install that and try it out on my next WordPress project.

  20. John Sutcliffe
    John Sutcliffe December 3, 2016 at 15:18 | | Reply

    I was tempted to try Wp-rocket as it seemed it didn’t need much configuration. However and I eventually went with W3 Total Cache and a free Cloudflare setup.

    I initially struggled to get my site below 2 seconds load speed time but a couple of hours tweaking the configuration the cache plugin, I managed to get below 1 second.

    My homepage is quite image heavy and over 500K in size, but even with my cheap hosting it load pretty quick.

    Very pleased I went with W3 Total Cache and Cloudflare option

    1. MMOByte
      MMOByte December 6, 2016 at 00:38 | | Reply

      Could you tell me how you did that? I’m using a free Cloudflare plan and W3 Total Cache, and averaging around 2-3 seconds.

      1. John Sutcliffe
        John Sutcliffe December 6, 2016 at 12:07 | | Reply


        I get 2.4 seconds on gtmetrix.com with a homepage size of 1.57MB.

        Page size is your biggest problem and it’s all down to your images.

        Your Path to Exile image is 228K, your images are full size, 960 by 320 in the above case, yet it only takes up about 300 pixels of your screen (width wise).

        Here’s what you need to do. I downloaded it, compressed and resized it and got the size down from 226K to just 11K.

        I used 30% compression and resized it to 300 x 225 and it you can’t tell the difference in quality.

        You have got 9 images like this, optimize them all and you will see a big improvement in your site speed.

        1. Dubbed Anime
          Dubbed Anime December 12, 2016 at 22:30 | | Reply

          That’s actually very useful information for all of us. 🙂 I always tend to forget about image size on my website(s). Reducing their filesize (along with banner/logo filesize) is always a problem of mine.

          Do you know of a good plugin to automatically resize images?

  21. John Sutcliffe
    John Sutcliffe December 13, 2016 at 03:16 | | Reply

    The WordPress plug-in WP Smush Image Optimizer is very popular, not tried it myself as I do it manually.


  22. Talha
    Talha December 25, 2016 at 12:59 | | Reply

    w3 total cache is a good plugin, but it has a lot of options which is not easy for every one to understand. On the other hand wp rocket is easy to use, but now it seems not as good as i use it before. i am having minify CS JS issue with wp rocket.

  23. MACK
    MACK April 18, 2017 at 04:04 | | Reply

    I really like ur article n I have learned alot from this post

  24. Dimitrios
    Dimitrios April 29, 2017 at 14:37 | | Reply

    wpCache WordPress HTTP Cache


  25. Laura Rodd
    Laura Rodd May 4, 2017 at 01:11 | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing Mark, great article! I totally agree that the utilization of Caching Plugins is a perfect way to greatly improve the page loading time of your website. I think our latest blog post might be of interest to you as it also discusses the same subject of Caching Plugins and we mention a few more less popular but very useful as well. Having your feedback regarding the article would be an honour for us. https://goo.gl/chLfl3

  26. Ben
    Ben June 17, 2017 at 00:48 | | Reply

    Hello everyone,

    I made a new caching plugin for WordPress called Borlabs Cache. You can try it for free https://borlabs.io
    I also offer a Pro version with additional features like cache preloading, database optimization, and many more.

    If you have any questions or feedback, you can contact me 🙂

  27. david
    david December 2, 2017 at 10:54 | | Reply

    have any of you heard abot this new plugin called WOT CACHE? i heard alot of good things about it did anyone test it and can give reply?

  28. savvas lazaridis
    savvas lazaridis October 16, 2018 at 23:29 | | Reply

    wpcache go ergo-trust like a rocket

  29. ergo-trust
    ergo-trust November 21, 2018 at 00:33 | | Reply

    yes check it ergo-trust now with wpcache 1,2s

  30. Thom Joblnw
    Thom Joblnw January 11, 2019 at 04:58 | | Reply

    Thank you very much, these caching plugin guide actually helps me a lot more than I thought.

  31. Alex
    Alex February 11, 2019 at 11:57 | | Reply

    I love WP Rocket it has made such a difference to the sites I have created

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