Speed is vital when it comes to your WordPress site, and one of the best ways to improve performance is to use a WordPress caching plugin. What do they do? Basically, a caching plugin will re-use data that has previously been generated for repeat requests, and thus speed up the response time. They are, to put it simply, an essential aid that you should have installed.
There are many available options when it comes to WordPress casing plugins – some free, and some that require a payment – and at Walker Hosting we recommend that you consider the following.
Option 1 – WP Rocket
The leading WordPress caching plugin – and one that we at Walker Hosting consider to be among the best available – is WP Rocket. It’s easy to install and very effective, easy to use and reliable, and has many satisfied users.
You do need to pay for this one, but it’s not expensive and we reckon is well worth the minimal outlay, so check it out now.
Option 2 – W3 Total Cache
This is the most popular of the many WordPress caching plugins that are available, and once more it comes highly recommended by us. It’s free, simple to install and effective, and if you’re going to install one and try it, this should be the default option. It is compatible with many hosting options, and its popularity is an indicator of its efficiency.
Option 3 – WP Super Cache
Another free caching plugin, WP Super Cache has some interesting features that make it worth checking out. Caching can generate garbage over time, which will slow down the process, and this one has its own built-in garbage collector, which it cleans out on a regular basis. A neat touch for what is a simple, easy to use and worthy contender.
Option 4 – WP Fastest Cache
This one comes in a free and a premium option – the latter being worth the small one-off fee for its additional features – and is also a simple and easy to use tool. Whether it has many benefits over the free plugins above is down to the user, but it’s certainly worth looking at in detail.
Testing Your Plugin
Perhaps before you choose, you could run a speed test such as Pingdom to test the speed improvements given by the caching plugin, or you could use GT Metrix similarly to evaluate the changes. Run one of these – or indeed one of many other free website speed test tools that are available – after implementing each plugin and you will soon find the one that works best for you.
There are many benefits to installing a caching plugin as we have mentioned above, and once you have yours up and running, you’ll see the difference. At Walker Hosting we recommend you try one of the free options first – W3 Total Cache is perhaps the place to start as it is the most popular – and then consider the paid options if you want to achieve the very best performance from your WordPress sites.