I have used to use WP Total Cache in the past but decided to check out what other recommended, I found this post 6 Best WordPress Caching Plugins Compared.
WordPress Caching Plugins.
What plugin do I use?
Benchmark (No Caching Plugin)
I tested my site before installing a caching plugin with https://www.webpagetest.org/ and my site was loading in 21s (loading over 141 files).
My site loaded in a terrible 21.3 seconds. My blog is hosted on Jumba (Net Registry) on and Ultimate plan for $25 a month.
My site seems to deliver 70% images so I wonder if a page caching plugin can help?
I do run the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin to automatically compress images when I upload them to my site. Read my blog post on the EWWW Image Optimizer here. I do keep images at a high quality to capture all details.
WP Fastest Cache Plugin
I have decided to try the WP Fastest Cache because it’s source was updated 4 hours ago compared to WP Super Cahches update 5 months ago. Both these plugins offer similar GT Metrix performance improvements and WP Fastest Cache has been tested on WordPress v4.8.
Installing WP Fastest Cache
I looked for the WP Fastest Cache Plugin on the WP plugin directory but it was not there.
I downloaded the latest version WP Fastest Cache from https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-fastest-cache/
I upload the WP Faster Cache plugin to my site.
I Activated the plugin.
WP Fastest Cache plugin is now installed 🙂
It appears to have auto cached/indexed my site?
Now it’s time to run the same benchmark and see if the site is faster (with the same settings (Singapore chrome))?
1 of 3 test are under way.
WP Fastest Cache Results
Wow WP Fastest Cache loaded my site 2 seconds slower (Try 1 = 23 seconds, Try 2 = 21 seconds and Try 3 = 28 Seconds).
This could have been because of weekend traffic or hosting issues but this was not what I expected.
I disabled the WP Fastest Cache plugin and ran the benchmarks again and it was still 23 seconds (weekend traffic?). I re enabled WP Fastest Cache and re ran the test but no improvement.
My bad I think I needed to manually configure the WP Faster Cache plugin by opening the new WP Faster Cache menu on the left-hand side of the WP admin dashboard.
There I enabled caching options in the WP Faster Cache options.
I ran https://www.webpagetest.org tests again and got 16s, 18s and 16s seconds results in three tests and an A on compressed images. It appears you need to manually configure the WP Total Cache plugin after installing it (I missed this step).
I disable WP Fastest Cache and tried the WP Super Cache plugin and the test results were 29s, 24s, 24s (slower than WP Faster Cache). then tried W3 Total cache and the results were ()
I tried the W3 Total Cache plugin and the results were (30s, 16s 26s).
I Tried Autoptimize and it was tested at 45s.
It looks like WP Faster Cache is the fastest, ill turn it back on until try setup a CDN.
I was expecting WP Fastest Cache to deliver faster speeds but in reality but I am getting 4 seconds faster in WordPress. I was going to configure MaxCDN but they have been bought out by someone else and prices are too high.
I ended up ditching the shared CPanel hosted domain and setup my own server for WordPress. My site seems a lot faster now. A friend setup CloudFlare with great success, more soon. I blogged about my server setup here.
v1.73 added self hosted info