WordPress caching helps speed up your site and load it faster. In this post, I am going to share with you the best WordPress caching plugins for speed optimization. If you have a new website and planning to add a caching plugin this post will help you decide.
Making your websites load faster should be a number 1 goal. Sites loading within 5 seconds has 70% longer sessions, and 35% lower bounce rates.
In 2016 Net Magazine article, BBC shared that they lose an additional 10% of users for every additional second it takes for their site to load.
Pinterest increased search engine traffic and sign-ups by 15% when they reduced perceived wait times by 40%.
Now you get the gist, I think, as a business owner you can’t ignore website speed anymore.
When it comes to attracting organic traffic, Google shows faster loading websites to higher search positions. Of course, more ranking factors are also considered by Google.
You can easily boost your WordPress site speed by caching.
What is Caching and why is it Important?
When a user typically visits your website, WordPress displays information by fetching it from the database along with many processes. These processes slow down the page generation process. After that, it sends the page to the user’s browser.
By using a cache plugin on your WordPress site, you can speed up the page generation process. A caching plugin will make a copy of the page after the first load and then serves that copy to all the users.
Caching is a technology that boosts the speed of your website without sacrificing anything in the process. Caching will not only result in significantly faster load times but also decrease the load on your server.
Here are some WordPress caching plugins that you can install to boost website performance.
Note: I would recommend you to test these plugins on a staging environment before using them on your live site.
1. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is really a solid and reliable caching plugin. It is packed with all the important features that you need to speed up the site.
It does take a little time to fine-tune and to have a grip on some features. However, the documentation is good enough to understand the settings and what turning them on or adjusting them would do.
I have recently written a tutorial to configure W3 Total Cache settings. You should check that out.
2. WP Fastest Cache
It is one of the best WordPress plugins for beginners. It is super easy to use and there is a lot of documentation to explain each feature.
You just need to install the plugin, press the activate button and adjust some features. The minimalistic plugin UI is easier to use for everyone regardless of their skills in WordPress.
I have also used this plugin on this website for quite some time. You can read my comparison of WP Fastest Cache vs WP Super Cache.
3. LiteSpeed Cache
It is a bit advanced caching plugin. If you install and activate this plugin, basic caching features will be enabled by default.
To use this plugin completely, you definitely need to read a lot of tutorials to make things work. However, once you get the hang of it, it can speed up your site to the next level.
It used a server-side caching mechanism which is different than other plugins mentioned in this post. It could take you some hours or a day to set it up properly. I won’t recommend it if you are a beginner to WordPress.
4. WP Super Cache
This is definitely one of the most popular caching plugins you can find in the WordPress Plugins directory. Why is it so famous?
The reason is it is owned by Automattic, a company which maintains WordPress.org and WordPress.com. It comes pre-installed with some web hosts.
WP Super Cache is quite a useful and totally free plugin to cache a website. It comes with a lot of features and there is comprehensive documentation and forums support available for users.
5. Hyper Cache
It is another free WordPress caching plugin and it is quite easy to install. However, to activate the caching mechanism you need to add a line of code in the wp-config.php file.
Other than that, it is pretty easy to use. You can configure it according to your website needs.
It also serves mobile cache and thus optimizes page load for mobile visitors, while retaining the full desktop experience for desktop visitors.
Hyper Cache is purely PHP and works on every blog: no complex configurations are needed.
6. Cache Enabler
Cache Enabler requires minimal setup time and allows you to easily take advantage of the benefits that come from using WordPress caching.
It is very simple to set up with very a very minimal but intuitive settings page, unlike other plugins you’re not drowned in options here, you get exactly what you need.
The documentation provided by the developer is also pretty straight forward. So, you won’t probably face many issues when configuring this plugin.
7. WP Rocket
It is a premium WordPress caching plugin. You can’t find this plugin on a WordPress directory. To install this plugin, you have to buy a package from WP rocket website.
The plugin itself is pretty easy to install and configure. The documentation from the developer is great. Also, since this is a premium plugin, you will get free customer support.
If you use any of these plugins your website will have a significant boost in performance. However, it doesn’t mean that you should forget other speed optimization tips such as compressing images, using mobile-friendly themes, and, minimalistic but effective web design.
I hope you found the best caching plugin that you were looking for. Make sure to also check out these tips to boost WordPress website speed in my other post.