The speed of your Website plays an important role for Search Engine Rankings and for a better experience for readers. If you’re website’s load time is slow it might not attract much visitors. W3 Total Cache plugin for WordPress optimizes your website for a faster website load time. This article will help you to setup w3 total cache in order to speed up your wordpress website.
How to Install W3 total cache:
To install the W3 Total Cache Plugin , open your WordPress dashboard and From the left side menu open Plugins > Add New. Search for “w3 total cache” and install the first one. After installing the plugin just activate it.
Setting and Configuring W3 total cache:
Once you have installed and activated W3 Total cache , there are some certain changes that need to be made.
Tick Page Cache. Page cache method: “Disk : Enhanced”
Tick Minify. Minify mode: “Auto”, Minify cache method:“Disk” , Disable if using Cloudflare
Tick Database Caching. Database Cache:“Disk”.
Tick Object Caching. Object Cache Method: “Disk”.
Tick Browser Cache.
The Page Cache setting can be found in Performance > Page Cache.
Enable Cache SSL (https) requests if using SSL
In Sitemap URL: Enter the URL of your sitemap.
If you’re using CloudFlare you do not need to go though these settings. CloudFlare takes care of these settings. If you’re not using CloudFlare , then use these settings.
Leave the default settings for Database cache.
Leave the default settings for Object Cache.
Make sure the above settings are Enabled. Leave everything else as it is.
That’s it for configuring w3 total cache plugin. You can also integrating Cloudflare with WordPress. I’ll cover that in an another upcoming post.
Checking the Load time of your site
I’ll recommend Pingdom Tools to check your website’s load time. Do the Pingdom Website speed test before installing the W3 Total Cache and after installing and setting it up , to check how much difference the plugin has made in the website’s load time.