Nothing turns off Google (and your website visitors) like a slow, sluggish website! Installing a caching plugin on your WordPress website is one of the best ways to speed up your website’s loading time.
Here are the 5 best caching plugins for your WordPress website:
1. WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is an easy-to-use free caching plugin for WordPress. It generates html files that are served directly without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. In most cases, this plugin will speed up your WordPress website significantly.
2. WP Fastest Cache
My personal favourite (and the caching plugin that I install on 99% of sites that I build), is WP Fastest Cache. WP Fastest Cache is a lightweight caching plugin that will speed up your site with minimal confusion. This plugin’s settings are very simple, especially for the free version.
Price: Free for the basic plugin (Premium paid upgrade available)
3. WP Rocket
Caching creates an ultra-fast load time, essential for improving Search Engine Optimization and increasing conversions. When you turn on WP Rocket, page caching is immediately activated.
Images are loaded only as your visitor scrolls down the page, improving the load time of the page. YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo and other major websites are using this technique.
Price: $49 for a single site
4. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is a very popular free caching plugin, with over 1 million installations.
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your blog by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download time of your theme and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
5. Cache Enabler
Cache Enabler is another free plugin which is becoming more popular of late. It is a lightweight caching plugin that creates static HTML files and stores them on your web server. This means that a static HTML file will be delivered whenever possible to provide users with the response data that would otherwise involve the resource intensive process of using the WP core, plugins, and database. This simple, yet powerful plugin is easy to use, needs minimal configuration and best of all helps improve site load time.
When it comes to caching plugins, something is better than nothing!
If your preference is for a free plugin, then you can’t go past WP Fastest Cache. If you’re after a premium solution and don’t mind paying a few dollars for a top quality plugin, then go with WP Rocket.
Either way, you should quickly notice a difference in loading speeds for your website – which will make Google (and your website visitors) happy!
Melissa is an online business manager and website designer, who works with fellow rockstar women-in-business, providing support to overhaul their web presence and grow their businesses beyond their wildest dreams!