W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin is one of the best plugin that provide a better experience to the users by increasing the page speed. It not only increases the page speed but is equally beneficial for SEO. Although there are a number of page speeding plugins that help your site to perform better, W3 Total Cache has many alluring features and advanced options making it unique. In case you are going to use CDN, this plugin will prove to be very valuable and worthy.
Plugins like W3 Supercach do not provide the advanced options which bound your hands to use the normal interface even if you want to make your site more enhanced. This plugin can be directly searched in WordPress database or can be downloaded manually. Installing this plugin is extremely easy and hassle free. A quick configuration is an additional perk making it one of its kind. Let us discuss the installation part first.
How to Install W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin?
• On the WordPress dashboard, go to ‘ADD NEW PLUGIN’ section and search for ‘W3 TOTAL CACHE’.
• Download the plugin and install it.
(Remember: You have to uninstall all other WordPress Cache plugins before installing this one.)
How to Configure W3 Total Cache?
Configuration is yet another effortless task as all that you need to do is to follow extremely simple and easy steps to get your plugin configured instantly.
Once it gets installed, go to performance and then general tab.
After the above the step, you need to Enable Page Cache, Database Cache, Object Cache and Browser Cache one by one.
Go to Page cache tab and enable following settings:
By default, all the essential settings are enabled in this section, you just need to review them and save the settings.
Go to Database Cache settings and enable “ Don’t Cache Queries for Logged in Users” and save the settings.
Go to Browser Cache settings “Performance” and enable following settings-
After enabling all the settings, save them.
Under Performance tab, go to “Extensions” and enable all the extensions you are using and again save the settings. W3 Total cache plugin utilizes almost all the extensions as compared to limited extension usage in other plugins.
( Note – Use CloudFlare for better performance)
Go to the Minify settings and enable “Rewrite URL Structure” but if you are not using CDN, then just disable the “Automatically Upload Modified files” option as it will be of no use.
When these settings have been configured, just click on “Preview” and verify that all the mentioned settings are enabled. If everything looks good, just click on “Deploy” option to make the settings go live in action. Using CDN than this plugin will prove to be very beneficial for you as faster page speed means better user experience and better ranking.
The best part is it supports popular plugins and themes like CloudFlare, Feedburner, Genesis and Yoast SEO, making the page more technologically enhanced and appreciable. If you have not started using CDN and W3 Total Cache plugin, this is the right time to go for it and enhance the user’s experience.
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