W3 Total Cache is a Definitive Plugin to Manage the Cache

I think no one has the WordPress W3 Total Cache plugin is one of the most complete and advanced cache management of our blog email list , website or online store with Woocommerce, but what happens, it is not a plugin for beginners and we are choked a bit when we think about how to configure W3 Total Cache.

When I thought about inviting Álvaro Fontela to do this wonderful tutorial I asked him to cover the 3 types of configurations that I had in mind in this wordpress plugin, so that in this way a clear distinction was made of W3 for Blogs or very basic web pages, online stores with Woocommerce and finally explain the most advanced plugin settings for much more demanding web projects.

In this post you will learn:

Configure the W3 plugin for a Blog or web page in WordPress.
Configure the W3 plugin for an online store with Woocommerce.
Advanced aspects to get the most out of cache management.
You no longer have the excuse to configure the cache well in #Wordpress !!!
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What is the cache in WordPress
WordPress generates each web page dynamically, that is, it has to do a series of actions to show a request that the user has made.

The first thing the server does is to interpret the WordPress php code, and then perform queries on the database. These contents are returned to the user in html format. Precisely the cache management tools allow you to avoid all these cumbersome steps, creating a view of the page you want to load.

Advantages of using the cache
1.- The loading time or also known as pagespeed is considerably improved.

2.- Consumption of server resources is reduced.

  1. You can serve different versions of content according to the type of user or origin of the visit.

4.- Improve the user experience.

  1. It is a very important factor in web positioning.

Disadvantages or using the cache
1.- We will occupy more space in our hosting due to the cached files.

2.- When we make a change, users will not be able to see it until the cache is renewed.

3.- Advanced knowledge is required to take full advantage of the cache.
In the cache method if our server has another service type like memcached available, we could use it.

2.- Do not activate the Minify to avoid problems.

do not activate minify

The Minify or W3 is not the most recommended and usually gives problems with many themes. If we want to use this option it is preferable that we do it with another different plugin.

3.- Activate Database Cache and Object Cache.

database object cache

4.- Activate Browser Cache.

browser cache

Then we will give you the save all settings button.

Page Cache

Cache front page.
Cache Feeds
Cache 404
Do not cache pages for logged users.
Page Cache

Activate the Cache Preload option and change the time interval to 300 seconds, to 20 the number of pages and add the url with our sitemap, which will be one or the other. cache preload In the rest of the options in this section, we leave it as it is, since by default it is well configured.

Database Cache
We increase the life time of our cached objects to 3550 seconds. database cache Object Cache
We increase the life time of our cached objects to 3550 seconds.

Browser Cache
We leave it as it is, we do not need to adjust or modify anything. Well, you already have your web page or Blog correctly configured with W3 Total Cache.